Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week
Each week we find the most interesting and informative articles we can and along the way we uncover amazing and cool images. Here you’ll discover 10 incredible photos and the stories behind them.
Spider vs. snake:
In a surprising find, an Australian farmer discovered a snake hanging from a spider’s web in his shed. While no one is sure how it happened, the situation may keep people on their toes for the unexpected.
Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and the world’s oldest known wild bird, added her 40th chick to the family. She’s at least 65 years old and shows no signs of moving into retirement. Wisdom inspires scientists and brings hope because her species is an indicator of the health of the world’s oceans.
Catching a python:
Florida officials have invited people to aid in locating Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades. So far 95 of the critters have been captured. The invasive species has a detrimental effect on the native animals and need to be controlled.
[Full Story: 95 Burmese Pythons (and Counting) Captured in Everglades]
Elephants are intelligent creatures and recent study helps us understand a bit more about how intelligent they are. An Asian elephant named Mineko used her trunk, blowing air behind food to bring it closer to her is every “trial”, showing an understanding of the physical consequence of blowing food on the far side of the object.
[Full Story: Elephants ‘Sneeze’ to Get Hard-to-Reach Treats]
A large-mouthed, gangly fish swam the ancient oceans while dinosaurs wandered the Earth roughly 100 million years ago. Researchers recently uncovered two new species of the giant creature, bringing the total known to three.
[Full Story: Muppet-Faced Fish Swam Alongside Dinosaurs]
An (almost) annual competition brings surfers to a Northern California Beach in order to ride some of the largest waves. The Titans of Mavericks competition takes place at Pillar Point during the winter when the water and weather come together to create the massive breakers.
[Full Story: Map of Winter Storm Jonas’ Wind Shows Destructive Gusts]
The National Park Service celebrates its 100-year anniversary and to commemorate the century, an IMAX movie, “National Parks Adventure,” explores some of the almost 90 million acres of parks across our country.
[Full Story: US National Parks Dazzle as Stars of New IMAX Film]
Glacier national park:
In the new IMAX movie, “National Parks Adventure,” Actor Robert Redford guides spectators through a stunning journey of the wild diversity that is our National Park system. Soaring over red-rock canyons and dashing down mountain peaks, moviegoers will visit many of the parks across the country.
[Full Story: Photos: IMAX Showcases National Parks’ Astounding Beauty]
Five years ago in a Michigan forest, a sudden boom interrupted the mornings of locals, shaking their homes with the force of a magnitude-1 quake and creating a large crack in the Earth. After half a decade of research, experts can explain what happened — a limestone bulge resulted in raising the rock and clay, uprooting trees and snapping roots.
[Full Story: What Caused This Weird Crack to Appear in Michigan?]
Black holes merge:
Just this week, Einstein was proved right yet again. Using LIGO, scientists detected the anomaly then applied that data to Einstein’s general relativity equations, creating computer simulations to discover the source.