Images of the Week, October 8-12, 2012

Mystery Eyeball
This softball-sized eyeball washed up on the shore in Pompano Beach, Florida this Wednesday. Scientists aren't sure what animal it belongs to, although they note that giant squid often have eyeballs this large or even larger, and that it is not uncommon for them to become unattached. Other possibilities include a huge swordfish or marlin. Read more here.Carli Segelson
Tilted House
French artist Jean-Francois Fourtou created this house/art project, titled "Tombée du Ciel" (Fallen from the Sky), on his own Moroccan property. The house is constructed upside-down--the pics from the inside are awesome.via Architizer
Pretty Nanoflower
This isn't a flower, exactly; it's a flower-like structure made of germanium sulfide--a semiconductor material. Turns out the shape of a flower, with thin petals, gives you tons of surface area, which could be very useful for solar cells, data storage, and other purposes. Read more here.Chun Li, Liang Huang, Gayatri Pongur Snigdha and Linyou Cao, North Carolina State University
Baby Walrus
Meet Mitik, a 15-month-old walrus calf! He was orphaned in Alaska, but he's been airlifted all the way to the Brooklyn Aquarium in Coney Island. That aquarium doesn't have a stellar record with walruses, but we're pulling for Mitik. Read more here.Alaska Sea Life Center
Cat's Eye
NASA recently released the results from the first systematic survey of nearby solar nebulae. This is one of the most beautiful--the Cat's Eye nebula. See more here.NASA/CXC/RIT/J.Kastner et al. (X-ray); NASA/STScI (optical)
Dirty Mouth
The Chinese softshell turtle isn't a newly-discovered species--it's fairly common and the most common turtle in China for turtle soup--but we did find out something very new and weird about it: this species urinates through its own mouth. Weird! Read more here.Wikimedia Commons
Book Mountain
Spijkenisse, in The Netherlands, is the site of this new "book mountain" library, a massive, glass-covered structure with a sunny reading room at the peak. Read more here.Jeroen Musch
Panda Friends
Pandas can be skittish--so to approach these, in China's Wolong National Reserve, these researchers had to don panda suits. For more photojournalism like this, check out American Photo.China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC / Reuters
Windy Conditions
We were hoping to have an incredible skydiving picture to add to the roundup this week, but windy conditions forced a delay. It is pretty windy, though; look how twisted up that balloon got! Read more here.balazsgardi.com/Red Bull Content Pool