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

Plus the new selfie drone

Jupiter's auroras

Jupiter's Dazling Auroras Light The Poles

Though we have known about the auroras capping Jupiter's poles since the late 1970s, for the first time, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured some exciting new images using its ultraviolet capabilities. The northern pole's aurora, shown in this image, is larger than the Earth, and hundreds of times more energetic than any auroras we have here.NASA/ESA
Project Bloks makes code physical and easy to understand for kids.

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.Google
Locust with electrode attached to its back

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.Baranidharan Raman
Shark sonogram

First-Ever Sonogram Of Shark Pups

Taken with a 12.5 foot pregnant tiger shark named "Emily," this novel event was performed to study the shark life cycle. The shark is carrying 20 pups, and in the past, researchers would have had to cut the shark open. Find out more about the shark pups and their mama here.Discovery
Robot Salamander

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.Hillary Sanctuary / EPFL
Opening a black box

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.YouTube
Snails at a Hydrothermal Vent

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.Ocean Explorer / NOAA / YouTube
Fireworks-Filled Tadpole Galaxy

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.NASA/ESA
crew dragon pressure test

SpaceX Capsules Begin Testing To One Day Hold Humans

If one day people will be aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, NASA needs to know that they'll be safe. The structure sits in a fixture meant to stress its structure, focusing on the pressure the vessel can withstand. Read more about it here.SpaceX
how sparklers work

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!American Chemical Society / YouTube