The Most Amazing Science Images of the Week, July 23-27, 2012

A great roundup for you to end this steamy July week. We've got this tiny monkey, plus the world's oldest orangutan. There's awe-inspiring space pics and sassy tech infographics. It's all inside. Enjoy!

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Fertilizing Asteroid

This is NASA's artist's rendition of the asteroid that struck Earth about four billion years ago. It was thought to have sterilized the planet due to heat, but a new study suggests that this was not the case--and that it may have even helped our planet along on its evolution to hosting life. Read more here.NASA/JPL-Caltech

Best Marmoset

This is the best marmoset. Of all of the marmosets. And probably all of the animals, period.Bernd Settnik/Getty Images

Why Samsung Gets Sued

John Paczkowski of All Things D mocked up this chart to show why it shouldn't be surprising that Samsung gets sued for copying Apple--in fact, some of its products have actually been pulled off store shelves by law.John Paczkowski

Canopy Netting

The canopy of the rainforest is barely explored, partly due to the difficulty of actually exploring it. This concept from student Yvonne Weng suggests an array of ultra-lightweight netting, inspired by spiderwebs, with a teardrop-like lab hanging down in the center. Crazy, but it's won acclaim from some scientists. Read more here.Yi Yvonne Weng

Eyeball Stitches

A guy on Reddit who goes by the name Philawesomeraptor took this photo of his girlfriend's eye after she received a cornea transplant. Yep, those are real stitches. [via Geekologie]Philawesomeraptor on Reddit

Happy Birthday To...rangutan

Major, the oldest orangutan in the world (in captivity), just turned 50. This is his birthday cake.Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Aqua-Hands

Noted ocean-obsessive Brian Lam posted this shot of the hands of DJ Roller, an "aquanaut" who dives at Mission Aquarius. This is his hands after a whopping 11-hour dive--apparently his fingerprints were worn off.DJ Roller

Sally Ride

Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut and also its first LGBT astronaut, passed away this week. She was an inspiration to all of us here at PopSci. Read more here.NASA

Extra-Colorful Chameleon

Iori Tomita, a Japanese artist, has developed a taxidermy technique that turns the remains of animals into these wildly colorful creations. This chameleon is even more colorful than it was when it was alive. Read more here.Iori Tomita