Endangered bumblebees, babies’ brains, and more amazing images of the week

Newsworthy eye candy

west coast weather gif
The West Coast has been hit bad this week with torrential rain and snowfall. This .gif shows the precipitation, which is measured every 30 minutes, from Jan. 7 through Jan. 10. It’s intense; California’s Mammoth Mountain received some 133 inches. NASA/Joshua Stevens
fMRI image of mother and child
A new study out this week found that infants as young as four months old understand and process faces like adults do. The authors say that this suggests that the visual cortex in our brain is already highly structured and formed by the time we are born. Rebecca Saxe, Atsushi Takahashi and Ben Deen / Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT / Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT
Apple's first iPhone
This week 10 years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone—a device that forever changed how we use and design mobile phones. Here’s what Twitter users thought about the device when the concept was brand new. Apple

Obama On Mars

Though President Obama’s time as leader of the U.S. is coming to an end, his efforts can still be recognized in places as distant as Mars. This image, of the Curiosity rover’s deck (taken by one of its own cameras on its 44th Martian day on the red planet) contains the signatures of the outgoing president and his VP, Joe Biden.

Red Listed

The rusty-patched bumblebee just became the first bee species in the continental United States to join the endangered species list. According to the Fish and Wildlife service, the population has decreased by 87 percent since the 1990s. This decline is likely due to a combination of factors, including habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use.
Claire Maldarelli

Claire Maldarelliis the Science Editor at Popular Science. She has a particular interest in brain science, the microbiome, and human physiology. In addition to Popular Science, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, and Scholastic’s Science World and Super Science magazines, among others. She has a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from the University of California, Davis and a master’s in science journalism from New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. Contact the author here.