Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week
Imagine this fearsome sight: an ink-black shark with gnarly, needle-like teeth; creepy, glass-like eyes; a glowing belly and a potentially extendable jaw. That’s what scientists saw when they pulled up this rare creature, along with four of its pals.
The Blackest Black:
Male birds of paradise have specialized feathers that reflect back only the barest amount of light, creating a light-sucking matte effect.
These killer spiders look like birds and strike like ninjas. New research suggests there’s way more of them than scientists thought.
This dirt-dispersing robot-baby torso will crawl out of the lab and into your nightmares.
Strange Swirling Droplet:
A viral GIF shows a single drop of liquid spinning like a glorious galaxy until it suddenly evaporates. Why? Good question.
Layers of Ice:
The newfound sheets are buried by just a few feet of Martian dirt in some places, meaning it might be accessible to future crewed missions.
[Full Story: Huge Glaciers Found Hiding Beneath Mars Surface]
In Fossilized Color:
Fossilized eye tissue in a 120-million-year-old bird has revealed that this ancient creature could likely see in color.
[Full Story: This Bird ‘Eyeball’ Survived 120 Million Years]
Surviving the Cold:
Why did these alligators stick their noses out of the water during last week’s cold snap?
[Full Story: Alligators ‘Snorkel’ to Survive Ice-Covered Swamp]
A marine biologist was surprised when a humpback whale started lifting her out of the water — and even more surprised when she saw what it was protecting her from.
As the Arctic blast continues to roil the Eastern Seaboard with gusty winds and frigid temperatures, at least four thresher sharks have been found frozen off the coast of Cape Cod.
[Full Story: Frozen Sharks Washing Up on Cape Cod]