A Shattered Mars Lander, An Iridescent Leaf, And More

Our 10 favorite images of the week

How To Milk A Devil

In a recent study in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers found that the milk of a Tasmanian devil contains compounds that kill bacteria, including the antibiotic-resistant one that scientists fear, MRSA. If they can isolate the useful compound then it could turn into a drug to help humans.

Out With The Old, In With The New

Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptop will include an interactive Touch Bar above the keyboard that changes depending on what app you are using. The day Apple announced this update also happened to be the 25th anniversary of when its first laptop came out. The 1991 Powerbook is pictured above next to the newest MacBook Pro. What a difference 25 years makes.

A Tablet And Desktop All In One

Microsoft announced some big updates this week, too. Perhaps the most exciting was its update to its Surface Pro, which the company is calling a Surface Studio. The new device combines the features of a tablet and a desktop computer into one device.

ESA Mars Lander Fragments From HiRISE Camera

The partial remains of Europe’s martian rover.
Hookworms often penetrate the skin through bare feet and eventually reach the small intestine, where they secrete proteins to help bolster the immune system while simultaneously sucking blood from the gut lining.

An Iridescent Leaf

We typically think of flowers as being iridescent, but oddly enough Begonia pavonina, a plant found in the forests in Malaysia, has iridescent leaves. Researchers figured out that the leaves might help the plant perform photosynthesis while in deep shade.

Chocolate Hills Of Mars

NASA tweeted this photo of “chocolate hills” on Mars for National Chocolate Day today. These rock formations have a thick, darkly-colored coating on the outside that baffles scientists. Right now, they think it might be the remains of an old rock layer that either eroded away or melted due to the heat from a meteor impact. Part of the Opportunity rover’s mission is to figure out how these hills formed.

On Demand Flying Cars?

This week, Uber announced that its next project will be to invent an app-summoned vertical-takeoff (VTOL) aircraft. But perhaps these plans for an on-demand flying car are a bit too lofty. Here, Popular Science discusses the history of VTOLs and whether Uber’s plans are plausible.