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.
Healthy freshwater lakes are typically surrounded by vegetation including trees that prevent erosion, making these sites great picnic locations. Fishing and swimming are also fun passtimes at these bodies of water. Here are some great spots to visit around the nation.
[Full Story: Freshwater Oases: 10 Stunning Lakes You Can Swim In ]
Victoria Falls in 3D:
A video follows the Zambezi River through canyons and over Victoria Falls in Africa, providing a unique experience even if viewers can’t make the trip to visit.
The roar of a volcano erupting reveals important details about the blast, such as its size and location, a new study reports. Experts are now using this data to predict eruption hazards.
[Full Story: Distant Volcanic Roars Reveal Eruption Hazards]
Speedy spider jaws:
Tiny spiders native to southern South America and New Zealand are suprisingly quick and powerful at capturing their dinner. Scientists are intrigued because these small arachnids shouldn’t be so powerful.
[Full Story: Trap-Jaw Spiders Nab Prey at Superfast Speeds]
That’s a big black hole!
One of the biggest black holes ever found sits in a cosmic backwater, like a towering skyscraper in a small town. The find may force researchers to rethink their ideas about where gigantic black holes reside, and how many of them exist.
[Full Story: Surprise! Gigantic Black Hole Found in Cosmic Backwater]
The Milky Way’s youngest supernova was probably caused by the collision of two ultradense remnants of stars, new research suggests.
An arthropod that lived 430 million years ago protected its developing young by attaching their egg pouches to its back with threads, trailing them like tiny kites.
[Full Story: Tiny Ancient Creature Carried Its Babies Like ‘Kites’]
The Rwandan genocide in 1994 has had far reaching effects in the surrounding areas, including a massive uptick in the illegal bushmeat trade of gorilla meat. But, three groups in the area still have hope to protect and save these gentle giants.
Plain of Jars:
An ancient burial site has been discovered at the mysterious Plain of Jars, an archaeological site in remote central Laos littered with thousands of stone vessels.
[Full Story: Mysterious Plain of Jars Site Holds Human Remains]
After a California condor pair’s egg went mysteriously missing in the middle of the night, the duo is back on track, raising a foster chick that biologists surreptitiously slipped into the birds’ mountain nest.
[Full Story: After Their Egg Is Stolen, Condors Raise Foster Chick]