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.
Checkerboard from space:
Engineers have fitted dragonflies with tiny backpack controllers that connect directly to the neurons controlling the insects’ flight.
[Full Story: RoboDragonfly: Tiny Backpack Turns Insect into a Cyborg]
All puffed up:
A wild octopus surprised an Australian diver this week by suddenly, and quite dramatically, inflating itself with water, ballooning up like a parachute.
The elusive pom pom crab, so named because of its tendency to clutch two anemones in its hands, gets its poufy accessories by stealing them from other crabs and then cloning them.
A new study has discovered one of the secrets to deep-sea predatory dragonfishes’ wide-gaping jaws.
[Full Story: How Dragonfish Open Their Fearsome Mouths So Wide]
A huge, hot firehose of lava streamed from a sea cliff on the Big Island of Hawaii, and was recently captured in breathtaking video.
A recent underwater expedition to the Mariana Trench, the deepest known ocean location in the world, filmed many forms of bizarre marine life close to the seafloor.
Gateway to hell:
Ethiopia’s most active volcano has seen a surge of recent activity.
Squishy sea creature:
About 500 million years ago, a squishy, thumb-size sea creature did a little dance — waving its upper limbs around in the ocean in a never-ending attempt to ensnarl some tasty morsels floating by.
[Full Story: Ancient ‘Naked’ Worm Did a Little Dance to Catch Seafood]
A speck-size creature without an anus is the oldest known prehistoric ancestor of humans, a new study finds.