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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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.
A newly born marmoset sits on the hand o
A newly born marmoset sits on the hand of a zoo keeper at the zoo in Eberswalde, eastern Germany on July 25, 2012. A marmoset gave birth to three young on June 29, 2012. Since the mother could not feed the third one it is now being raised by hand. AFP PHOTO / BERND SETTNIK GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read BERND SETTNIK/AFP/GettyImages)
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.
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.
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]
Happy Birthday To…rangutan
Major, the oldest orangutan in the world (in captivity), just turned 50. This is his birthday cake.
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.
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.
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.