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Cell signaling pathways

A collection of all major cell signaling pathways, beautifully designed by the very talented Sandro Fedini.
You can use these cell signaling pathways as a reference, use it to study or teach. All  designs will be optimized for print on a small poster format (A3)

Library of science & medical illustrations PART 2

The original library of science & medical illustrations is the most popular resource (many daily downloads). Soon you’ll have a second library with more illustrations. All the benefits of the first library will stay, but PART 2 will feature more detailed illustrations, often textured with realistic colors.
This is an ongoing project and we’ll keep on adding new illustrations on a regular basis after the initial release (planned for September 2014).
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Resources to power your science communication & education

Library of Science & Medical Illustrations

Benefits

  • It’s as easy as drag ‘n’ drop

  • Even if you’re not an artist, your science slides will look great

  • All illustrations have a transparent background to perfectly integrate with your slide

  • You have 5 harmonic color schemes to choose from, no chance for design blunders

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"I found this website via my girlfriend, who loves making amazing presentations. I started doing awesome presentations! These guys have a lot of nice labware illustrations that you can use in materials and methods too. I already recommended this library to a lot of people, and all of them love it. somersault18:24 is amazing. Give a chance to somersault18:24 and give life to your imagination, so you can high score in your research communication!!"

− Tiago Bruno Rezende de Castro - ICB/UFMG/Belo Horizonte - Brazil

"As a high school biotechnology teacher, I use the somersault images on everything from student handouts and lab directions to PowerPoint presentations. They are just detailed enough to be immediately recognizable, but not so elaborate that I can't use my own labeling without looking too busy. I love that they offer the images in several different colors; this is so helpful in directing student attention to a specific part of a bigger picture. Images of larger systems are broken down into images of each part as well, so you can focus your illustration on whatever you need to without getting bogged down with a complicated image."

− Kathy Savage - Oviedo High School - USA

"Although plant cell biology is not the most common branch of science I already created a beautiful plant cell including almost all relevant organelles and compartments. My colleagues were really surprised by the appearance and high quality of the pictures I used."

− Falco Kruger - Ruprecht-Karls university of Heidelberg - Germany

Scientific studies demonstrate that we recall about 10% of oral communicated information after 3 days.

That is scary isn’t it? Only 10% of what you say will be remembered.

But there is good news too: if you complement your oral information with visuals, the retention rate increases to 65% and more.

Of course, the visuals have to be relevant and clear. They have to truly complement what you are saying.

For many scientists, teachers and students that is exactly the problem. It is not an easy task to generate all the time effective visuals.

It takes a lot of time – that we don’t have

It takes skill – that not everybody has

It takes discipline and willpower to create a professional style

To help you and make the process of effective science communication easier for you we’ve created this library of science and medical illustrations. It is especially built to facilitate easy generation of visual content for the scientific community.

It consists of a collection of ready-to-use science illustrations in 5 different color schemes.

All images have a transparent background, that allows easy integration in, for example, Powerpoint presentations.

This tool is meant to help scientists, teachers and students to create easy to understand figures for posters and/or presentations without losing their valuable time. This improves their communication skills and interaction with students and other members of the scientific community.

The library also includes several ready-to-use Powerpoint slides optimized for clear and effective communication. We maximized the signal to noise ratio in these slides to convey a message in the most effective way.

We want to thank some people for some of the illustrations:

Human Anatomy

Your perfect aid to study human anatomy

Contents

  • Professional illustrations from different viewing angles in high resolution

  • Annotated and unannotated versions

  • Illustrations with transparent backgrounds for easy integration in your own compositions

  • HD & loopable turntable videos

Currently Covered

We'll update this product regularly with new material

  • Brain

  • Skull

  • Heart

  • Digestive System

  • Skeleton

  • Muscular System

Like all our products, also this one follows the pay-what-you-want philosophy. We’ve created it for everybody, regardless of your financial situation. We believe our content should be shared and spread freely. If you can’t afford it, take it now and chip in later when you can (just enter ’0′ in the price field when you hit the ‘Download Now’ button). If your financial situation allows you to contribute you’re helping others to get access to this material that normally couldn’t afford it.

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Genetics - DNA - Amino Acids

This package contains:

  • Poster of Amino Acids reference chart – printable up to A0 (300 ppi)

  • Poster of the law of segregation (Mendel) – printable up to A0 (300 ppi)

  • Poster of the law of independent assortment (Mendel) – printable up to A0 (300 ppi)

  • Poster of the patterns of inheritance – printable up to A0 (300 ppi)

  • 29 illustrations in of DNA with transparent background

  • 5 GIFs of turning DNA

Like all our products, also this one follows the pay-what-you-want philosophy. We’ve created it for everybody, regardless of your financial situation. We believe our content should be shared and spread freely. If you can’t afford it, take it now and chip in later when you can (just enter ’0′ in the price field when you hit the ‘Download Now’ button). If your financial situation allows you to contribute you’re helping others to get access to this material that normally couldn’t afford it.

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Stock illustrations - science & biology

A collection of high quality and high resolution stock illustrations about science and biology

Stock illustrations are used a lot in web design, advertising and blog posts. You can get them rather cheap at big micro-stock selling platforms. However, it is not always easy to find high quality science and biology illustrations.

So, here you go. You can download a small collection here. This should get you started. All these images are made by ourselves and they are in high resolution and high quality. Enjoy!

Like all our products, also this one follows the pay-what-you-want philosophy. We’ve created it for everybody, regardless of your financial situation. We believe our content should be shared and spread freely. If you can’t afford it, take it now and chip in later when you can (just enter ’0′ in the price field when you hit the ‘Download Now’ button). If your financial situation allows you to contribute you’re helping others to get access to this material that normally couldn’t afford it.

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Human embryonic and fetal development

A collection of high quality and high resolution illustrations and HD videos about the embryonic and fetal development of humans

  • Illustrations of 10 stages of human embryonic and fetal development in high quality, 2 different colors, with and without background

  • Annotated overviews in 2 different colors

  • High Definition videos (11) of all stages

Like all our products, also this one follows the pay-what-you-want philosophy. We’ve created it for everybody, regardless of your financial situation. We believe our content should be shared and spread freely. If you can’t afford it, take it now and chip in later when you can (just enter ’0′ in the price field when you hit the ‘Download Now’ button). If your financial situation allows you to contribute you’re helping others to get access to this material that normally couldn’t afford it.

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Parasites by Kristin Hein

A collection of hand-drawn illustrations by Kristin Hein

All these illustrations are drawn by hand by Kristin Hein. Karl Henry was her scientific consultant. Feel free to contact her for custom work.

Each illustration has three versions:

an unlabeled illustration, a drawing with major structures labeled and another with lines pointing to major structural features for students to label. A photograph of the microscope slide specimen is usually included with each illustration.

Part 1: Cestodes (tapeworms)

The Cestoda are in the phylum Platyhelminthes. They are flat worms that lack a body cavity and are segmented. Cestodes are primarily parasitic and adults are usually found in the intestinal tracts of vertebrates, however, larval stages can be found in intestines or tissue of both invertebrates and vertebrates. Mature forms of cestodes have 3 regions; the scolex, neck, and strobila. The scolex is used for attachment and can perform this function using either sucker- or hook-like structures (or a combination of the two). The neck is composed of undifferentiated tissue from which new body segments (proglottids) are formed. These proglottids remain attached as they are formed creating a chain of these segments in differing stages of development, depended on their age. The newest (immature) proglottids are closest to the neck and lack any reproductive structures. Prolottids move down the body as new ones form; as they age, reproductive organs develop. Mature proglottids contain fully-developed male and female reproductive organs (hermaphroditic). Following fertilization, eggs develop and reproductive organs tend to be reabsorbed. Eggs can be released from gravid proglottids as they mature or en mass as gravid proglottids detach and are released in the host feces.

Part 2: Trematodes (flukes)

The Trematoda are multicellular helminths in the phylum Platyhelminthes. They are bilaterally symmetrical, leaf-shaped flat worms that lack a body cavity. Adults are usually hermaphroditic and can be found in the intestinal tract and tissues of both invertebrates and vertebrates. Trematodes lack a complete digestive system and can eliminate waste products through diffusion or through primitive excretory systems. These worms generally lack other body systems that are commonly found in higher organisms (such as circulatory and respiratory systems).

Part 3: Nematodes (roundworms)

Nematodes are helminths in the phylum Nematoda.  These helminths have a body cavity that contains organ systems (reproductive, circulatory, nervous, etc…).  Morphologically, nematodes have long, cylindrical bodies that taper at both ends.  The coloring of a nematode is normally clear to opaque but this can vary depending on surrounding host fluids.  Nematodes can infect both invertebrates and vertebrates and often lack host specificity.  Nematodes are dioecious (separate male and female individuals in a species) and tend to show sexual dimorphism with males usually smaller than females.

Part 4: Protozoa

The protozoa are eukaryotic organisms in the Kingdom Euprotista.  They are single-celled organisms but can also be colonial living in groups.  Protozoa can be further classified into seven different phyla based on their mode of locomotion.  Structures that are involved in movement include pseudopodia, flagella, and cilia; some protozoa are non-motile.  Protozoa can have characteristic rigid cellular morphologies or more fluid, pleomorphic shapes. Each cell is capable of performing all of the metabolic functions that are necessary for the life of the cell.

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