The Most Amazing Science Images of the Week, October 10-14

It's been a great week in science and tech--why not relive it in imagery? This week's roundup takes us on a tour through space, modern gastronomy, ancient pre-history, and up the world's tallest tree.

Click to launch a tour through the past week, in pictures.

Extraterrestrial Smartphones

BlackBerry users suffered through a service outage all this week, stranding most of Washington D.C. and a fair portion of lower Manhattan without a real reason to exist. CNN had a real scoop, pictured here: the outage affected not just users here on Earth, but also those on almost every other planet. Sorry, Martians. Maybe you should've gone with a Windows Phone instead.CNN

Climbing the Tallest Tree

The new tallest tree in the world is 379 feet and four inches. That's about the same size as two Statues of Liberty, sans foundation. And a few hikers actually climbed the tree, a redwood deep in northern California's Redwood National Park. It's been christened "Hyperion," pictured as a collage due to its immense size. Read more over at NPR.James Balog

Corn MRI

An ear of corn, a tomato, a cucumber, and more get the MRI treatment from Andy Ellison on his site, Inside Insides. Check out the GIFs over at Buzzfeed; the cucumber is especially mesmerizing.Andy Ellison

Beer Can Photography

A pinhole camera made out of a beer can was left in the north of England for three months. This image, showing the movement of the sun across the night sky, is, according to New Scientist, an example of solargraphy. The highest peaks are during summer, lowest during winter.Justin Quinnell

Ceci N'est Pas Une Noix

Chef Adoni Luiz Aduriz, of Spain's acclaimed Mugaritz, showed off some of his culinary creations--heavily influenced by science and tech. This dessert, a walnut served on a scoop of goat's milk ice cream? Yeah, not a walnut.Justin Quinnell

Goodbye, Rotary Engine

Mazda officially ended production of the RX-8, the final nail in the coffin for the once promising rotary engine. Quieter and with fewer moving parts than a traditional combustion engine, the rotary was nonetheless less fuel-efficient and never real caught on--so now, after 45 years, it's finally going the way of the dodo, or dodo-driven carriage. This is how the Wankel rotary engine works:Wikimedia Commons

Kraken, the Artist

In one of the weirdest stories of the week, a Triassic-era sea monster informally known as a kraken (like a colossal squid, but much, much more colossal) is now assumed to have somewhat artfully rearranged the bones of the sharks it ate--possibly even in the shape of a self-portrait.Geological Society of America

Gravitational Lensing

This image of galaxy cluster MACS J1206.2-0847 was taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. Why's it important? Says NASA: "Galaxy clusters like MACS 1206 are perfect laboratories for studying dark matter's gravitational effects because they are the most massive structures in the universe. Because of their heft, the clusters act like giant cosmic lenses, magnifying, distorting and bending any light that passes through them — an effect known as gravitational lensing."NASA

Your Face on Other Faces

A Japanese company called Real-F is making creepily accurate copies of people's faces. You can read more about them here, if you feel like being unsettled today.Real-F

Siri Is Very (Too?) Helpful

Over at This Is My Next, Josh Topolsky has been playing with Siri, the hottest new feature in the latest version of iOS--and found that the "digital assistant" is witty, well-read, and sometimes, like in this case, a little bit too helpful.This Is My Next