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Eleanor Lutz has a running list of scientific topics she wants to find data sets for. It’s not her job exactly. A biologist with wide-ranging curiosity, Lutz moonlights as a data-driven illustrator who transforms public data sets into arrestingly beautiful visual objects. She’s made digital trading cards of animated viruses (who knew HPV could be so mesmerizing), and infographics on plant species that have evolved to withstand forest fires.
Atlas of Space, her latest project, is all about the solar system. She plumbed the depths of publicly available data sets from agencies like NASA and the US Geological Survey and used them to create vivid maps of constellations, asteroids, and planets. In one image, luminescent bands of fuschia and aquamarine asteroids swirl around the bright, white point of the sun. In another, Earth seems to pulsate as an animation of arctic sea ice shows how it extends down the continents during the winter and then retracts back to the poles in summer. “I really like that...
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