You kind of have to squint and turn your head slightly askew to see it, but this new NASA image is actually sort of seasonally appropriate. Festive, even. It's a space angel! In a bipolar star-forming region 2,000 light-years away in an isolated section of the Milky Way! See it bigger here.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.