_A 5-minute video demonstration of this paper is available at this YouTube link._ PREAMBLE A variety of research on human cognition demonstrates that humans learn and communicate best when more than one processing system (e.g. visual, auditory, touch) is used. And, related research also shows that, no matter how technical the material, most humans also retain and process information best when they can put a narrative "story" to it. So, when considering the future of scholarly communication, we should be careful not to do blithely away with the linear narrative format that articles and books have followed for centuries: instead, we should enrich it. Much more than text is used to commuicate in Science. Figures, which include images, diagrams, graphs, charts, and more, have enriched scholarly articles since the time of Galileo, and ever-growing volumes of data underpin most scientific papers. When scientists communicate face-to-face, as in talks or small discussions, these figures are often the focus of the conversation. In the best discussions, scientists have the ability to manipulate the figures, and to access underlying data, in real-time, so as to test out various what-if scenarios, and to explain findings more clearly. THIS SHORT ARTICLE EXPLAINS—AND SHOWS WITH DEMONSTRATIONS—HOW SCHOLARLY "PAPERS" CAN MORPH INTO LONG-LASTING RICH RECORDS OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOURSE, enriched with deep data and code linkages, interactive figures, audio, video, and commenting.
The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) software environment gives explorers a Universe at their fingertips. Views of the Sky at wavelengths invisible to the human eye, virtual "3D" space travel, and seamless connections to the ever-expanding web of information online about our understanding of the Universe are available to anyone seeking to explore. WWT lets teachers and students learn in completely new, more engaging and data-rich ways, and it lets scientists communicate results, and share and contextualize data much more effectively than they ever have before. In this short article, written to commemorate the full "open-sourcing" of WorldWide Telescope software by Microsoft in 2015, we highlight just a few of the ways WWT has, and will continue to, change education, research, and scholarly communication. Detailed examples of how WorldWide Telescope is used in various settings are described at wwtstories.org.