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.
Surprising connections emerge between the world’s undersea vents, including the Jabberwocky vent.
Cute bio-inspired bot:
From navigating turbulence, to sleeping midflight, to soaring without a sound, animals’ flight adaptations are helping scientists design better flying robots.
[Full Story: New Flying Robots Take Cues From Airborne Animals]
Hairy-chested crabs and alien-looking worms festoon mineral chimneys along the seafloor, nourished by the sizzling-hot fluids gushing out from these “spires.” Check out these amazing photos of the deep-sea animals.
[Full Story: In Photos: Wild Creatures Inhabit Undersea Vent]
Glowworms create dazzling threads to trap unsuspecting insects. And now, researchers think they may have found the secret ingredient in the worms’ traps: urea from their guts.
[Full Story: Glowworms Spit Out Urine Ingredient to Make Webs Sticky]
A video showing whorls of water swirling around a tiny starfish larva earned the top prize in a Nikon competition.
[Full Story: Tiny Starfish Larva Mesmerizes in Award-Winning Video]
The Cold War may have ended decades ago, but spy satellites’ data from that era are now being used for a new mission: tracking environmental change in the Himalayas.
[Full Story: Cold War-Era Satellites Spy on Himalayan Glaciers]
A crater in Antarctica isn’t from a meteorite but from melt.
[Full Story: Mysterious ‘Crater’ in Antarctica Has Ominous Cause]
Though they appear to be frozen giants, glaciers and ice sheets can move and change in unexpected ways over time.
Harry Potter spider:
A new leaf-mimicking spider species resembles the Sorting Hat from the Harry Potter books.
An ancient mammal the size of a badger may have used its bone-crushing canines and powerful bite to take down little dinosaurs, researchers have found. In fact, the little guy could chomp with more force, pound for pound, than any other mammal on record.