Deep Space Highly Commended: Fighting Dragons of Ara (NGC 6188 and 6164)
The Deep Space category as a whole was the best, in our humble opinion. Maybe we're just suckers for swirling clouds of gas, but this photo shows the shell of a newly born star (in the lower left-hand corner). If that's not cool, we don't know what is.
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.