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.
What big peepers:
Florida’s net-casting spiders emerge every night, starling onlookers with record-breaking, enormous eyes. These large eyes serve two purposes: They help the spiders both hunt at night and zero-in on prey walking nearby, a new study found.
[Full Story: What’s Up with This Spider’s Enormous Eyes?]
Net-casting spiders have the largest eyes of any spider on Earth.
It began with a well-intentioned act but ended with a young wild animal being euthanized.
Mars mug shot:
An amazing new Mars image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope shows clouds, craters, ice caps and other features on the Red Planet. Hubble took the photo on May 12, when Mars was just 50 million miles (80 million kilometers) from Earth.
A robotics team at Harvard University developed a method that would allow their insect-size flying robot — dubbed “RoboBee” — to conserve energy midflight, much as bees, bats and birds do.
[Full Story: Flying Insect-Inspired Robot Can ‘Rest’ Midflight]
Whimsical cloud vortices dot the sky in a new satellite image of an island volcano.
[Full Story: Swirling, Spinning Clouds Seen from Space]
Beneath an ice sheet:
In 2013, researchers drilled into a subglacial lake under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The project is starting to illuminate a mysterious landscape.
A fossil skull found in Montana a decade ago by a retired physicist has officially been declared the head of a new species of dinosaur.
[Full Story: New Frilly-Necked Dinosaur Identified]
In 2013, archaeologists uncovered two mysterious mass graves beneath Durham University. Now, researchers say clues point back to one of the shortest but bloodiest battles of the English Civil Wars.
A moon goddess:
A chance discovery by two divers reveals a treasure trove of bronze statuary and coins from a 1,600-year-old shipwreck.