New Kittens For Koko, An Indoor Coral Reef, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Plus, new Veil Nebula images from Hubble

Beyond The Naked Eye

This image of the eye of a honeybee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen took first place in Nikon’s 2015 Small World Photomicography Competition, beating out more than 2,000 entries. The contest invites people to submit images of anything visible under a microscope. See more of this year’s stunning images here.

Saturn’s Moons Among Its Rings

The Cassini spacecraft captured this snapshot of two of Saturn’s many moons: Mimas and Pandora. Mimas, pictured at the bottom, is a medium-sized spherical moon, 246 miles across. Pandora is only 50 miles across and elongated, possibly indicating it was formed by collecting particles from Saturn’s rings. Cassini also recently took some great pictures during its latest flyby of Enceladus.

Kittens For Koko

Koko the gorilla, famous for her sign language skills, recently turned 44 years old. The staff at the Gorilla Foundation celebrated by giving her kittens. Koko has adopted other kittens over the years. Here, she had signed to a member of the staff that she wanted the kitten to be put on her head.

You Have The Bridge

The bridge of this new ship looks more like a dream gaming studio than a classical bridge, thanks to Rolls-Royce’s new designs. The ship, named Stril Luna, is owned by a Norwegian shipping company and is equipped with Rolls-Royce’s new Unified Bridge system, which is intended to be ergonomic as well as slickly futuristic.

Virtual Tumor Treatment

This colorful fuzzball is a model of a cancerous tumor. Each tiny dot represents a cell, and the dots are colored according to genetic mutation. Modeling tumors is very difficult, but this is one of the most comprehensive simulations of how a tumor grows. The researchers also modeled the way tumors respond to treatment, which in the future could help doctors devise better therapies.

How’s This For Some Tooth Extractions?

Forty-seven teeth found in the Fuyan Cave in Hunan province suggest that Homo sapiens were present in southern China between 80,000 and 120,000 years ago–that’s about 30,000 to 60,000 years earlier than they were present in Europe. The discovery challenges archaeologists’ current ideas about early human migrations. It’s possible that Neanderthals in Europe prevented Homo sapiens from establishing in Europe, or that Homo sapiens were unable to colonize the cold, harsh European environments.

Hubble’s New Veil Nebula Images

When a star 20 times larger than our own sun exploded 8,000 years ago, it left behind these shimmering veils of color and light. The astronomers also released some 3-D images of the nebula.

Get Swallowed By An Indoor Coral Reef

Artist and architect Yadegar Asisi has created an immersive 360-degree ocean experience in a giant gas tank in Leipzig, Germany. To-scale images of a coral reef are projected onto the 100-foot high walls of the tank, which is 360 feet in circumference. The project might raise awareness about the unprecedented rate at which corals around the world are disappearing. You can see more images of Asisi’s panoramic installation here.

Artificial Skin Could Revolutionize Prosthetics

Think Michelango’s Creation of Adam, with prosthetics. Stanford researchers have developed artificial “skin” that can sense touch and pressure. The technology can be wired into the nervous system to transmit sensory data, possibly revolutionizing future prosthetics for amputees.

Wild Photos Of Wildlife

This photograph of a Bryde’s whale swallowing hundreds of sardines in one gulp won the underwater category of London’s Natural History Museum’s 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. A gallery of winning photos, chosen from 42,000 entries, will be on exhibit at the museum through April 2016.