Okay, so that’s not a real bear being arrested. But, in this week’s image roundup, there is a very real and
very adorable baby Tasmanian devil, plus gorgeous space pics, a book that collects every single color the human eye can perceive, a web of sensors that’ll help you on dates, and much more.
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Flag and Legs
Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira of Brazil celebrates after winning gold in the men’s 200m race in the London Paralympics.
A member of Greenpeace, dressed in a polar bear costume, protests a Russian company’s plans to drill for oil in the arctic.
This cube-shaped book illustrates the RGB scheme in every single color the human eye can see. How big would the book be if we had mantis-shrimp-quality eyes? Read more here.
A visitor to the Sydney Zoo pets a baby Tasmanian devil during the zoo’s National Threatened Species Day event.
The stretch of the Yangtze River near Chongqing, China has turned red. Nobody is quite sure why, though it might be from the red silt upriver.
This photo shows a superbubble in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. Read more about it here.
This insane sensor-web syncs up with a camera and is designed to correct your body posture through haptic feedback (read: vibrations). It’s supposed to result in greater confidence, though we don’t as yet know how that balances the lack of confidence you’ll have just because you’ve got this thing on under your clothes. Read more here.
Firefighters attempt to put out a forest fire in Alvaiazere, Portugal. The fires raged most of this week, but authorities are making some progress in putting it out. Check out more great photojournalism like this over at American Photo.
This crazy-looking house is the Endesa Pavilion, at Barcelona’s Olimpic Port. It’s shaped that way because it was designed by computer–an algorithm decided the precise shape and angle of each of its solar-panel-equipped “shards.” Read more here.
This “pigtail” molecular cloud is massive–60 light-years long–and it’s gorgeous, but we don’t really understand it. (Isn’t that always the way?) Read more about it here.