BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 10: A baby Asian elephant, born only two days before, gets used to his wobbly legs while exploring his enclosure at Tierpark Berlin zoo on May 10, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The male elephant calf, who does not have a name yet, weighs 102kg and is 91cm tall. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images). Sean Gallup
This week, we have beautiful jewel caterpillars that look like they were sculpted out of slick crystal, a massive architectural concept inspired by Twitter, artist’s concepts of super Earths and black holes, but really, it’s all about this guy. A mere few days old, this baby elephant still lacks a name. We left our suggestions in the gallery, but welcome yours!
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The Jewel Caterpillar–probably, though it hasn’t been formally confirmed, an Acraga coa, belonging to a family of moths known as Alceridae–is sometimes known as a “slug caterpillar” due to gooeyness. This one was photographed near Cancun, Mexico. [via BoingBoing]
This artist’s concept of a so-called “super Earth” is a representation of a first-of-its-kind view that NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope caught this week. For the first time, we’ve seen direct light from a super Earth, “using its sensitive heat-seeking infrared vision.” The planet is incredibly close to the star it orbits, and probably has a rocky core surrounded by both liquid and gaseous water. Read more here.
London Rooftop Missiles
We learned last week that, to protect the games or possibly just freak us the hell out, some London residents will play host to rooftop missiles during the Olympics. Here’s what that missile will look like: a Starstreak High Velocity Missile. Read more here.
This is a calico lobster. Caught off the coast of Maine, it was originally going to be eaten, because obviously, lobsters are delicious, that’s what you do with them. But it’s weird coloration (only 1 in 30 million are colored this way) led it to the New England Aquarium instead. Read more here.
Unnamed Baby Elephant
This baby elephant, only three days old, resides in the Berlin Zoo. But he doesn’t have a name yet! Ridiculous! We did some Googling and came up with a few suggestions:
DIY Double-Seater Sub
Zhang Wuyi, a farmer, created this double-seater sub–one of six. To see more photojournalism like this, head over to American Photo Mag.
Earth as Art
The U.S. Geological Survey occasionally exhibits some of the amazing satellite imagery taken of our planet–even though the satellite is for scientific purposes, sometimes it produces just stunningly beautiful images. Read more here.
A Danish architecture firm called BIG have designed an apartment building, or group of buildings, or something, that is/are shaped like a hashtag. #Unlikely but #supercool. Read more here.
Black Hole Revs Up
This artist’s concept of the galaxy Arp 220 is based on data picked up by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s meant to show how a black hole that’s revving up in power can suppress a galaxy’s ability to birth new stars. Read more here.
In one of our favorite stories of the week, a team of scientists sought to answer a question that has plagued absolutely nobody for absolutely no time: why does cereal taste better with milk than with water? Included in the article (which had amazing quotes) were these precise/hilarious magnified shots of soggy breakfast cereal.