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A lava faucet in Hawaii, a bat-like robot, and other amazing images of the week
Newsworthy eye candy
February 3, 2017
Meet Bat Bot
Bats are excellent fliers: Their tiny, yet dexterous bodies allow them to swerve and swoop around the tightest spaces. That's why scientists are using the same design to
create a robot
that can easily navigate dangerous, hard-to-reach areas like collapsed buildings. But before it takes to the sky, it needs to work on its landings.
Alireza Ramezani, Soon-Jo Chung, Seth Hutchinson
Caution, This Liquid Is Hot
The United States Geological Society
captured gorgeous images
of the 'lava faucet' currently spewing out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. It's been erupting since 1983, but on New Year's day, the lava caused a rock structure to collapse, exposing the flowing lava. Researchers are now concerned that the surrounding cliff might collapse as well, making the area even more dangerous than it already is.
All In The Family
See this good-looking guy here? He might be our earliest ancestor.
the recently-found fossil, named
, seems to be the oldest deuterostome identified to date. Deuterostomes, which include humans as well as starfish and other echinoderms, all develop in a similar way: The first hole that breaks through the embryonic sack of cells eventually becomes the organism's anus.
Artist reconstruction by S Conway Morris / Jian Han
Really Old Worm
This illustration shows off a shrimp-like worm—
a fossil researchers presented this week
—that is likely 500 million years old. Its weird-looking legs helped it lurk on the ocean floor way before shrimps existed.
Danielle Dufault, Royal Ontario Museum
Cheerleader Boxer Crabs
Sea anemones and boxer crabs share a unique relationship. Boxer crabs hold two—and only two—sea anemones close to their chest, and not many forces can pull them away,
in a paper out this week. Their relationship is symbiotic: The sea anemones protect the crab and the crab is the sea anemones' most reliable method of transportation.
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