Juvenile red octopus, Octopus rubescens, raised behind the scenes. Randy Wilder

Re-Textured People

For his solo exhibit, TRANS, artist Kohei Nawa used high-tech processes like 3-D scans to distort the human form into surreal, gooey states.

Idea For The World’s Biggest Ski Dome

This idea for a futuristic Winter Wonderland tops Aspen. You ski around that! It seems just close enough technologically to be feasible, too.

Electric Shock Dancing

The music video that this still is taken from is like the best (or worst) of horror movies. Daito Manabe (who’s garnered YouTube fame for a similar stunt) links up people with a slight electric shock–then has them move along to the music. A little hard to watch, but hard to look away from, too. See the video at Co.Design.

IDF Twitter Images

Israel declared war on Hamas this week through Twitter, releasing images like this one on its feed. Hamas responded–through Twitter. Welcome to 2012. Read about what happened here.

Fighting Female Robots

A “robot restaurant” in Tokyo is letting fights unfold between female robots. It looks weird. Read more about it at designboom.

An Orange-Powered Battery

Photographer Caleb Charland gives green energy the look it deserves in this photograph of an orange-powered battery.

Planetary Nebula

This NASA image shows a rare phase of evolution in the life of a planetary nebula–it’s actually a look at a planetary nebula being “reborn,” in a way. A rare sequence of events causes a smaller nebula to form inside of a larger one.

Robot Maru

You might know Maru the cat from his work on YouTube. Now he is a robot.

Mao Zedong In Beijing

Reuters staffer David Gray snapped this image of security cameras obscuring a portrait of Mao Zedong. See more photojournalism like this at American Photo.