The Most Amazing Science Images of the Week, May 14-18, 2012

Got a space-heavy lineup for you guys this week, looking forward to the SpaceX launch this weekend: a Soyuz rocket … Continued

Got a space-heavy lineup for you guys this week, looking forward to the SpaceX launch this weekend: a Soyuz rocket launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a time-lapsed photo taken from the ISS, a roving space shuttle cafe that looks like an actual space shuttle, and more. Enjoy!

Click to see the greatest images we’ve seen this week.

Bioluminescent Beach

This beach in the Maldives, on some special nights, glows with various bioluminescent critters–according to New Scientist, probably “single-celled protists and marine crustaceans called copepods.”

Edible Brain

Scan your friend’s brain, 3-D print the model, create mold with model, fill with chocolate, devour. Read more at Instructables.

Tiniest Car

The minuscule Peel P50, which was featured in a famous episode of Top Gear, has come back to life after nearly 50 years with two new models, including this P50. The P50 weighs 240 pounds, has a 3.35-horsepower motor, and can manage a top speed of 28 mph. You can also tow it around with one hand. Read more here.

Need a Hand?

Bristol Zoo Gardens in Bristol, England received several life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs this week. Moving them around seems to have been difficult.


This shot of three military planes–an F-15, an F-16, and an A-10, according to The Aviationist–wasn’t taken during a thorough cleaning session. It was an accident! A spark from a welder triggered the fire suppression systems, releasing fast-acting foam.

Armored Lizard

This is the first time a (non-extinct) lizard has even been examined with a CT scan, which kind of surprises us: if we had access to a CT scanner, you had better believe we’d be scanning literally everything we could find. Read more about this lizard and its peculiar scales here.


Today is Facebook IPO day! And we mostly don’t care, since none of us here are early Facebook investors or had fictionalized versions of ourselves in any Aaron Sorkin movie. But it’s a big deal inasmuch as nobody will shut up about it, so for posterity, here’s how Zuckerberg announced it. [via Buzzfeed FWD]

We’ll Have the AstroTaco

So the Space Shuttle Cafe isn’t actually constructed out of a former space shuttle–it’s just a DC3 plane that’s been painted to look like one. Of course, even a street-legal DC3 is pretty awesome, and this one serves food? Let us know the next time you’re in NYC, huh guys? Read more here.

Psychedelic Space

This long-exposure shot–like, 10-15 minutes–shows the Mini-Research Module (MRM1, center) and a Russian Progress vehicle docked to the Pirs Docking Compartment (right). More info here.


Launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome (how come we don’t have a cosmodrome? That is the greatest word) in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz TMA-04M rocket heads to the ISS with astronauts in tow. For more photojournalism like this, head over to American Photo.