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.
Volcanic ash presents an uncertain future for penguin nesting grounds.
Golden spines and intricate wrinkles make a new ant species magnificent.
Fanged spider mummy:
About 99 million years ago, two bizarre spiders — each sporting hard, armored plates on their bodies and horns on their fangs — became mummified in sticky tree resin that turned into amber.
[Full Story: 99-Million-Year-Old Spider Mummy Sported Horned Fangs ]
A fearsome tarantula covered in bizarre “attack” hairs has been discovered in a mountain range in Colombia. As an homage to the country where the new species was found, scientists named it Kankuamo marquezi, after Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez.
Tiny water fleas customize their defenses when they sense predators in the water.
[Full Story: Armor Up! Water Fleas Grow Helmets and Spines for Battle]
Teeth and legs:
A giant, toothy centipede with countless legs is also a swimming fiend, making it the first known aquatic centipede on record. And it’s venomous, to boot, researchers found.
Earth’s lava lamp:
The Earth’s mantle is like a mysterious Lava Lamp.
Bright blue-white noctilucent clouds danced over the town of Nykøbing Mors in Denmark just before dawn on July 1.
[Full Story: Shining Silver-Blue Clouds Captured in Night Sky Photo]
A new robot stingray can swim with help from an unexpected source: muscle cells that were taken from rat hearts, a new study finds.
[Full Story: Stingray Robot Uses Light-Activated Rat Cells to Swim]
Before it died, Japan’s Hitomi satellite revealed surprising insights about how black holes stir up gas inside enormous collections of galaxies.
[Full Story: Galaxy Stirring Revealed by Doomed Japanese Spacecraft]