Science should not be simply the pursuit of dry facts. Some of the images captured in the course of scientific exploration are beautiful and perspective-changing.
Each year, the biomedical charity Wellcome Trust awards those who create such images. Here is a list of Quartz’s favorite images from the 2017 winners of the Wellcome Image Awards:
Hawaiian bobtail squid
The Placenta Rainbow
Cat skin and blood supply
Surface of a mouse retina
Zebrafish eye and neuromasts
You can see the other winning entries in the Wellcome Image Awards here.