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New Kittens For Koko, An Indoor Coral Reef, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week
Plus, new Veil Nebula images from Hubble
By Lydia Chain and Steph Yin
October 16, 2015
Beyond The Naked Eye
This image of the eye of a honeybee (
) 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
Ralph Claus Grimm, Queensland, Australia
Saturn’s Moons Among Its Rings
The Cassini spacecraft
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
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Kittens For Koko
Koko the gorilla, famous for her sign language skills, recently turned 44 years old. The staff at the Gorilla Foundation
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
Virtual Tumor Treatment
This colorful fuzzball is a model of a
. 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?
in the Fuyan Cave in Hunan province suggest that
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
from establishing in Europe, or that
were unable to colonize the cold, harsh European environments.
S. Xing and X-J. Wu via LA Times
Hubble’s New Veil Nebula Images
When a star 20 times larger than our own sun exploded 8,000 years ago, it
these shimmering veils of color and light. The astronomers also released some
of the nebula.
Nasa, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team
Get Swallowed By An Indoor Coral Reef
Artist and architect
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
at which corals around the world are disappearing. You can see more images of Asisi's panoramic installation
Tom Schulze © asisi
Artificial Skin Could Revolutionize Prosthetics
Creation of Adam
, with prosthetics. Stanford researchers have
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.
Bao Research Group, Stanford University
Wild Photos Of Wildlife
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.
A whale of a mouthful, Michael AW, Australia.
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