This Beautiful Map Is Made Up of Microscopic Cells

This map may look like a fairly reasonable representation of the world—but that's all the more impressive when you realise it's actually made up of microscopic cells from parts of the body that cause problems for people who live in each country.

Accordingly, North America is built from fat cells because of obesity, while Europe is represented by brain cells to represent neurodegenerative disease. Poor old Greenland? Its sperm cells signify the country's infertility problem.

Put together by Odra Noel, an artist and trained as a doctor, the map i on show from 2 July at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition in London. [New Scientist]

Image by Odra Noel/Scientific Art/odranoel.eu