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A Rat Muscle Ray, A Room Full Of Tetris, And Other Amazing Images
Our favorite science images of the week
Ryan F. Mandelbaum
July 8, 2016
A group of researchers found a
called an ameloblastoma on a hadrosaur's face. They think that duck-billed dinosaurs might be more prone to tumors than other dinos. In this drawing, the tumor is on the lower right side of the hadrosaur's jaw.
Mihai D. Dumbravă
A room-sized microprocessor
Software engineer James Newman built a 16-bit Tetris-playing microprocessor
the size of a room
. It's thirty feet long and six feet high, weighs a thousand pounds, and cost $50,000 to build. Newman hopes the processor will find a new home where it can be used for educational purposes.
Image courtesy of James Newman
Bio-Hybrid Stingray Robot
This tiny stingray is a robot
powered by rat muscle cells
. After going to the aquarium, lead scientist Kit Parker told his teammate "we're going to build a ray, we're going to build it out of a rat, and we're going to make it light-guided." This project was mainly done for the wow factor, but Parker hopes to one day build a whole human heart out of genetically engineered tissue using this type of technology.
Image courtesy of Karaghen Hudson and Michael Rosnach
Researchers in Norway built a Pac-Man maze
one millimeter across
, introduced some microorganisms and their predators into them, and let the game begin. The team wanted to build a more realistic environment in which to observe the organisms interacting with each other and with the world.
Meet Riri Williams, the new Iron Man
Marvel Comics introduced Iron Man Tony Stark's successor,
. The character is a black woman who overcame inner city violence to enroll at MIT at 15 years old. Some comic book fans wish Marvel would hire more women and people of color: Riri Williams was created by Brian Michael Bendis, a white man. But Bendis feels the character is a step in the right direction if it helps excluded groups feel included in comic books.
Jupiter, Juno, and Galileo
When Juno arrived at Jupiter this week, it carried an adorable crew of
three LEGO figures
, representing the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno, and Galileo Galilei. The figures are meant to get children excited about science and technology.
Weirdest Exoplanet Observed Yet
This exoplanet is called
. It's part of a triple star system, sits further away from its parent star as Pluto, and is four times larger than Jupiter. Scientists are wondering how it got so far away from its host star without being flung into space by the other two stars.
Liquid Nitrogen in Giant Balloons
YouTuber Grant Thompson filled a six-foot balloon with liquid nitrogen and caught the whole thing
NASA Kepler mission homepage after apparent Twitter hack
NASA's Kepler Spacecraft's Twitter fell victim to a
. A photo of an underwear-clad butt was tweeted at Kepler's almost 600,000 followers and briefly appeared on the NASA homepage. Lots of people found it the perfect opportunity to make
FAST Telescope to look for aliens
The Chinese Academy of Science finished up its 500-meter radio telescope. It will be open for use in two to three years, and may be used to continue studying gravitational waves... and maybe even find extraterrestrial life. 9,000 people were displaced to build the telescope.
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