Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week


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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.

Checkin’ things out:

A great white shark left scientists “buzzing” after it grabbed a baited underwater research camera and dragged it to the surface — not once, but three times, according to researchers at Massey University in New Zealand.

[Full Story: Crunch! Curious Great White Shark Snags Underwater Camera]


Strange behavior:

Nest-building wasps in Malaysia were recently captured “blowing bubbles,” expelling tiny droplets of water that they absorbed from their damp nests.

[Full Story: Incredible Image of Bubble-Blowing Wasp Has a Scientific Explanation]


Saving a life:

A rescued bear with an enormous tongue gets surgery in Myanmar.

[Full Story: Unbearable: An Enormously Swollen Tongue Was Destroying a Bear’s Life]


Ancient rarity:

An old sketch reveals a rare solar phenomenon.

[Full Story: Teen Astronomer’s 1886 Sketch Reveals Rare White Solar Flare]


Frightening moth:

Male <i>Creatonotos gangis</i> moths have hairy scent organs that release pheromones during courtship.
Male Creatonotos gangis moths have hairy scent organs that release pheromones during courtship.

Credit: Alamy

A moth that looks like it crawled out of a shadowy underworld is freaking out Facebook users, including some who are wondering whether the creature in the post is even real.

[Full Story: What on Earth? Freaky Moth with Hairy ‘Butt Appendages’ Stuns Facebook]


Odd source:

More than 1,000 years ago, a woman living in the British Isles became horribly disfigured after catching leprosy from an unlikely source: a squirrel, according to a new study.

[Full Story: How a Squirrel May Have Infected a Medieval Woman with Leprosy]


A winter home:

Scientists spotted this huge jellyfish (<em>Chrysaora melanaster</em>) dragging a crustacean with one of its tentacles under the sea ice covering the Chukchi Sea off the north coast of Alaska.
Scientists spotted this huge jellyfish (Chrysaora melanaster) dragging a crustacean with one of its tentacles under the sea ice covering the Chukchi Sea off the north coast of Alaska.

Credit: Andrew Juhl and Craig Aumack

Surprisingly, adult jellyfish survive the winter under the Arctic’s thick sea ice.

[Full Story: Rare Footage Captures Giant Jellyfish Living Under Arctic Ice]


Weather changes:

In winter, something happens to the skulls of adult red-toothed shrews that is exceedingly rare among vertebrates.

[Full Story: Shrews’ Heads (and Brains) Shrink As Seasons Change]


Rules? What Rules?

In cognition tests, clever raccoons demonstrated that they would not hesitate to bend the rules to get their rewards.

[Full Story: Raccoons Ace Cognition Test (But Sometimes They Cheat)]


Hiding in plain sight:

A “masked” dinosaur that lived 130 million years ago was a master at disguise who could hide even in broad daylight from its predators, relatives of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex, a new study finds.

[Full Story: Dinosaur with Raccoon-Like Mask Hid in Broad Daylight]

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