Apocalypse Coins, Biocakes, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Plus, evidence of consciousness in some vegetative patients.

Vegetative Consciousness

Vegetative patients are usually assumed to have little to no function. But new research shows that some vegetative brains behave like healthy ones. This image show a normal vegetative brain (left), a healthy brain (right) and one of the exceptional ones uncovered in the study (middle).PLoS

The Landing Area

The European Space Agency has finally figured out where it will land Philae, the probe that travelled with their Rosetta spacecraft to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Now they're holding a contest to decide what to name the site.ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Liquid Droplet After A Laser Blast

In this still from a super-slow-motion youtube video, a laser blasts water droplets into fragments. The research is expected to advance scientists' understanding of semiconductors, but it doesn't hurt that it creates some gorgeous imagery in the process.Alexander L. Klein et al, screenshot from YouTube

Planetary Twofer

In this image from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Earth and Mars come together for a single snapshot. The LRO normally stays pointed at the Lunar surface, but the team operating it flipped it around for a chance at this shot.Image courtesy NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University.

Homemade Minter

Popular Science's intrepid DIY contributor Hackett designed a coin mint using materials that might be available after the apocalypse. You can watch a video of his process and read what he has to say about it here.Ray Lego

A Speedy Return

A new delivery system could make ferrying supplies from the International Space Station a whole lot easier. The Terrestrial Return Vehicle will enable experiments to return to Earth the day they're needed, ending long waits.NASA/Intuitive Machines

Fusion at Lockheed

Lockheed Martin announced this week a project designed to make nuclear fusion energy, long a dream of scientists and energy policymakers, a viable power source. Their prototype, pictured here, has drawn significant criticism.Eric Schulzinger/Lockheed Martin


> Many congrats to Abigayle Driscoll, the winner of #biobakes! Her winning entry is a set of lungs pic.twitter.com/a40trz9kPj > > -- PhysiologicalSociety (@ThePhySoc) October 17, 2014 The Physiological Society (@ThePhysSoc) tweeted this image of the winner of their #biobakes contest: a pair of edible human lungs. You can see more images from the contest here.@ThePhysSoc

Jack-O'-Lantern Sun

NASA released this October-appropriate image of the sun last week, showing active regions that mimic a Jack-O'-Lantern's toothy grin. It's just a coincidence, but it's nice to see old Sol getting in on the Halloween action.NASA/GSFC/SDO