Bomb-Sniffing Locusts, A Robot Salamander, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Plus the new selfie drone

Google’s Project Bloks wants to make kids into coders.

By making code physical, Google hopes the concept will be easier for kids to understand. Representing a bit of code, each block can be snapped together to make a sequence that can be sent over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to play music, start a toy, or any number of other things.

Bomb-Sniffing Locusts Will Save The Day

A locust with a transmitter attached to its back is being used by researchers to detect bombs. The researchers are able to hack the bug so that they can fly it to a specific location, use the locust’s superb sense of smell to seek out explosives, and have the transmitter send back a signal to humans in a far-away, safe place. Find out more here.
The first-ever shark sonogram, taken with a 12.5 foot tiger shark

A Robot Salamander That Walks Like The Real Thing

As one of the first animals to walk on land, a group of Swiss researchers decided to make a robot salamander. Pleurobot, the robotic salamander, wiggles and sways, and the researchers hope that it will further their study of the evolution of locomotion. Find out more and watch the video here.

What’s Inside A Black Box?

With so many plane disappearances and crashes in the headlines the last couple of years, there’s been a lot of talk about black boxes. But do you know what’s inside? Watch this video to see what’s inside a flight recorder black box. And, did you know they’re not black? Go figure.

New Set Of Hydrothermal Vents Discovered

NOAA’s Ocean Explorer has done it again. While passing through what was believed to be a quiet spot in the Pacific, the submersible ROV Deep Discoverer has found a series of hydrothermal vents beaming with life. Check out the video here to see the wonders and listen to the researchers excited and surprised reactions.

A Fireworks-Filled Tadpole Galaxy

The Hubble space telescope captured images of a rare, outstretched galaxy (shaped like a tadpole) called LEDA 36252 or Kiso 5639. A mass equivalent of 10,000 Suns erupt at the tadpole’s head, glowing brightly like a rocket’s red glare. The picture comes just one week after NASA announced Hubble operations will continue through 2021.
An unfinished Crew Dragon capsule sits in a fixture meant to stress its structure. This test module doesn’t contain working avionics or propulsion equipment, or the finished hull. Instead, the focus is on testing the pressure vessel–the area astronauts will ride in on their way into orbit.

Just In Time For The 4th Of July

The American Chemical Society came out with this patriotic new video explaining how fireworks and sparklers work. Take a gander here. U-S-A! U-S-A!