This week’s image roundup brings some amazing stuff, including this shot of a moonbow (shot at night, lit by the moon), a waterfall, and an aurora, all at once. But also robots, time-lapse space videos, beautiful ocean worms, the world’s lightest material, and so much more.

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30,000-Pound Bomb

This week, Boeing announced that they delivered their first batch of these ridiculously huge bombs, each five tons bigger than anything else in the military’s arsenal. Read more over at the LA Times.

He’s Doing It!

This tiny adorable robot pulls into a Breakfast Club-like pose after riding a fixie bike using only his own arms and internal balance. Way to go, little buddy. Read more here.

New Worms

Researchers have discovered three new species of deep-sea worm previously unknown to science. “Deep-sea worm” may not arouse feelings of scientific wonder, but look at these guys! Read more here.

The World’s Lightest Material

Researchers have developed the lightest material known to man, about 100 times lighter than styrofoam, and clearly light enough to perch on the head of a dandelion. It is 99.99 percent air, of course. Read more at HRL.

Read More (e)Books

This week we reviewed the two top-tier new Kindles, the 7-inch tablet named Fire and the more traditional e-ink Touch. Get ready to see these things everywhere (because they are great). Reviews: Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch.

Snow Launch

Here’s the launch of the Russian Soyuz rocket this past Monday, from snowy Kazakhstan. And to think, we’re wary of driving cars in the snow. From NASA’s Image of the Day.

Burning Garbage Better

Burning garbage: probably illegal. But U.S. Marines have been testing a new system that manages to turn a whopping 100 pounds of garbage into a mere five pounds of safe-to-dispose ash. Read more here.


Carl Zimmer’s new book, Science Ink, compiles dozens of shots of amazing science-themed body art, inspired by everything from astronomy to DNA to anatomy. Check out our gallery of his work here–it’s incredible stuff.

Spinning Globe

Artist Michael Konig used shots taken from the International Space Station to compose several ethereal, awe-inspiring time-lapse videos. Check them out over at The Awl, or watch the one screenshotted here at Vimeo.

Brilliant Teenagers

18-year-old Luis Cruz created a $300 eye-tracking device–ludicrously cheap for something this capable–that helps handicapped people communicate. Read more about it here.