100 Millionth Time’s The Charm
NASA captured its 100 millionth image of the sun this week using four different telescopes, suggesting that practice makes perfect, so 100 million images must be pretty close to perfect.
Lapka, a company that makes sensors to monitor your home and your health, is trying to take Google’s not-yet-released Project Ara smartphone to the next level. This is how the modular smartphone might look with Lapka’s health care accessories, which will monitor air quality, light, EKG, and even how much alcohol is in your system.
This week, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology launched its newest bird cam of the Great Horned Owl in Savanna, Georgia—much to the delight of the PopSci.com staff, which has had the live feed on for the past few days.
One Weirdly-Shaped Space Rock
The European Space Agency released a whole lot of new information and images from the Rosetta mission. This one, of the comet 67P shows off its “rubber ducky” shape.
The green comet Lovejoy has been visible to the Earth for the past few weeks. It hit peak visibility around mid-January, making for some stellar pictures, like this one from the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter at the University of Arizona.
Earlier this week, fisherman in Australia found a rare, “living fossil” frilled shark swimming off the coast. Scientists have traced the shark back to 80 million years ago, with almost all of its relatives extinct. Here’s one that was found in the 1800s.
A broken dam that flooded an Argentine resort town in the 20th century left the city under water for 25 years. Only one person has chosen to move back to the town since the water began receding in 2009.
The land of ice now has a big black dot on it, thanks to a growing lava field from a volcano that’s been erupting since August 2014. A NASA satellite captured this image of the lava(on the right half of the image) on January 18.
January 20 marked Penguin Awareness Day, leading to a number of cute penguin pictures from the Falkland Science Symposium. Attendees hung out with the northernmost colony of king penguins, who were, of course, impeccably dressed.