Oct. 07, 2015

Picture of the Week: LUX's Photomultipler Tubes

by Chau Tu

This honeycomb-like array is helping scientists on their search for dark matter.

dark matter
Aug. 26, 2015

Picture of the Week: DNA Bunny

by Julie Leibach

Researchers have developed a method to build tiny structures out of DNA based on 3-D polygonal shapes created with a computer.

DNA origami, DNA nanotechnology
Aug. 19, 2015

Picture of the Week: Corpse Flower

by Julie Leibach

The putrid odor of a large tropical plant has begun wafting through the Denver Botanic Gardens—and visitors are lining up to inhale deeply.

corpse flower, denver, titan arum
Aug. 11, 2015

Picture of the Week: Blue-Green Algae Bloom

by Michele Berger

This picture, shot by a drone, reveals the verdant fingers of a blue-green algae bloom.

harmful algal bloom, hab, algae, lake erie
Aug. 05, 2015

Picture of the Week: Blue Morpho Butterflies

by Emma Bryce

Biologists are using the medley of blues and browns in these wings to help them understand butterfly wing development.

butterflies, gynandromorphs
Jul. 29, 2015

Picture of the Week: Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds

by Chau Tu

These picturesque clouds reveal a particular kind of turbulence in the atmosphere.

Jul. 23, 2015

Picture of the Week: Saharan Silver Ant

by Julie Leibach

Ant-Man's cool. But this ant is cooler, thanks to metallic-looking hairs that help it beat the African desert heat.

ants, sahara silver ant, scorching, desert, sand, silver hairs, antman
Jul. 15, 2015

Picture of the Week: Pluto

by Julie Leibach

Our most up-close-and-personal shot of the (dwarf) planet yet.

pluto, new horizons, pluto flyby
Jul. 08, 2015

Picture of the Week: Axolotl

by Chau Tu

This critically endangered salamander reaches sexual maturity without undergoing metamorphosis.

Jun. 30, 2015

Picture of the Week: Sunshine Recorder

by Elizabeth Preston

This antique technology, called a Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder, helps researchers maintain North America’s longest-running weather record.

sunshine recorder, blue hill observatory
Jun. 23, 2015

Picture of the Week: Cock-Eyed Squid

by Chau Tu

This midwater cephalopod sports different-size eyes for different functions.

squid, cephalopod week, cock-eyed squid
Jun. 17, 2015

Picture of the Week: Ferrofluid

by Marcus Woo

Liquid magnets lend themselves to art, as well as medical research.

ferrofluid, cancer, tumor
Jun. 09, 2015

Picture of the Week: The Green Rose

by Chau Tu

This mutated rose has sepals instead of petals.

rose, green rose, botany
Jun. 03, 2015

Picture of the Week: Milk Drop

by Emma Bryce

An engineer creates a perfect liquid crown using innovative flash photography.

doc edgerton, photography, flash
May. 27, 2015

Picture of the Week: Limpet Teeth

by Laura Dattaro

The title-holder for strongest biological material goes to a small mollusk.

limpet, sea snail
May. 20, 2015

Picture of the Week: Bombardier Beetle

by Adam Hoffman

Researchers have figured how a toxin-spraying beetle packs its pulsing punch.

bombardier beetle, beetles, toxic spray, mit, eric arndt
May. 15, 2015

Picture of the Week: Sun Halo, With Sundog Companions

by Chau Tu

When the sun interacts with six-sided ice crystals, ethereal optical effects can occur.

sun halos, robert greenler, physics, sundogs, ice crystal effects
May. 05, 2015

Picture of the Week: Cat Tongue

by Alisa Opar

A magnified look reveals the serrated edges that Fluffy uses to clean herself—and rasp meat off bones.

cat tongue, david linstead, wellcome images awards, wellcome trust
Apr. 28, 2015

Picture of the Week: Pando, One of Earth's Largest Living Organisms

by Chau Tu

These quaking aspens are all clones of one mother stem.

Apr. 22, 2015

Picture of the Week: Pillars of Creation, 2.0

by Julie Leibach

Two new versions of the iconic Hubble image commemorate the space telescope’s 25th anniversary.

hubble, hubble anniversary
Apr. 15, 2015

Picture of the Week: Scuttle Flies

by Michele Berger

A citizen science project uncovers 30 new species of scuttle fly in Los Angeles.

flies, scuttle flies, phoridae
Apr. 10, 2015

Picture of the Week: Lion's Mane Mushroom

by Chau Tu

This pristine white fungus might have neuroprotective properties.

mushroom, lion's mane mushroom, bearded mushroom, fungi
Apr. 02, 2015

Picture of the Week: Horn Shark Egg Case

by Julie Leibach

The spiraling protective packaging ensconces a single embryo and yolk sac.

horn shark, egg case, horn shark egg case, sharks
Mar. 26, 2015

Picture of the Week: Capsizing Iceberg

by Emma Bryce

Icebergs in Greenland are flipping over like dominoes more often than they have in the past.

ice berg, capsizing, flipping icebergs, greeland, melting
Mar. 19, 2015

Picture of the Week: Ruby Seadragon

by Alisa Opar

Researchers discovered a new type of seadragon, bringing the total number of known species to a whopping three.

Mar. 10, 2015

Picture of the Week: Plastiglomerate

by Chau Tu

Plastic is melding with marine debris in Hawaii.

plastic, hawaii, plastiglomerate, pollution, kamilo beach, marine debris
Mar. 04, 2015

Picture of the Week: A Single Snowflake

by Nathalia Holt

Wilson Bentley brought the beauty of snow crystals to the public using a technique called photomicrography.

Feb. 26, 2015

Picture of the Week: Human Placenta

by Emma Bryce

Though discarded after birth, the placenta builds the first vital connection between mother and fetus.

placenta, human placenta, fetus, womb
Feb. 18, 2015

Picture of the Week: Corn Smut

by Chris Benjamin

A Canadian researcher is cultivating a ghastly looking fungal disease into a gourmet snack.

corn smut, huitlacoche, octavio pareds-lopez, barry saville
Feb. 11, 2015

Picture of the Week: Hopkins' Rose Sea Slug

by Julie Leibach

This bubblegum-pink sea slug is cropping up in areas where it's rarely seen in large numbers.

sea slug, nudibranch, sea slugs, pacific decadal oscillation, el nino, la nina
Feb. 04, 2015

Picture of the Week: Yellowstone’s Morning Glory

by Adam Hoffman

The interplay of light, bacteria, and water depth influence the dramatic colors at Yellowstone’s famous pool.

morning glory pool, microbial mats
Jan. 28, 2015

Picture of the Week: Electric Eel

by Chau Tu

New research shows that the electric fish operates like a Taser to immobilize prey.

eel, electric eel
Jan. 21, 2015

Picture of the Week: Belize's Blue Hole

by Emma Bryce

Sediment cores from around the Yucatán Peninsula support a theory as to what could have led to the Mayans' demise.

belize, blue hole, mayan
Jan. 13, 2015

Picture of the Week: Comet Lovejoy

by Julie Leibach

You might be able to spot this bright, verdant comet with the naked eye.

comet, comet lovejoy, green, comets, space, ice, dust, why do comets glow green
Jan. 07, 2015

Picture of the Week: Zinc Spark

by Becky Fogel

The original meet-cute. When sperm and egg meet, sparks fly.

egg, sperm, fertilize, fertilization, zinc sparks, zinc, atoms
Dec. 31, 2014

Picture of the Week: Planthopper Gears

by Rachel Nuwer

The cogs allow the planthopper nymph to synchronize movement of its hind legs.

chitin, planthopper, nymph, gears, nature, igor siwonowicz
Dec. 22, 2014

Picture of the Week: Transgenic American Chestnuts

by Chau Tu

Researchers have developed a blight-resistant species that's nearly identical to the American chestnut tree.

chestnuts, genetic engineering, american chestnut, blight, restoration, transgenic trees
Dec. 17, 2014

Picture of the Week: Mechanical Calculator

by Sarah Lewin

This machine was a predecessor to the electronic calculator.

calculator, mechanical calculator, kevin twomey, mark glusker
Dec. 11, 2014

Picture of the Week: Underwater Robot

by Julie Leibach

Using data from a robot, scientists have created the first detailed, 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice thickness.

Dec. 02, 2014

Picture of the Week: Livingstone's Beetles

by Emma Bryce

A museum curator has discovered a box of beetles containing specimens collected during a famous expedition.

beetles, livingstone, david livingstone, dr. livingstone i presume
Nov. 25, 2014

Picture of the Week: Cranberries

by Chau Tu

Some tasty facts about the popular Thanksgiving treat.

cranberries, thanksgiving, cranberry, cranberry station, university of massachusetts
Nov. 18, 2014

Picture of the Week: Awareness in a Damaged Brain

by Emma Bryce

While people in a vegetative state appear physically unresponsive, a new study reveals that some might be aware to a degree.

Nov. 11, 2014

Picture of the Week: 'Engagement Ring' in Space

by Chau Tu

A nebula and a star line up perfectly in the sky.

nebula, abell 33, star, white dwarf
Nov. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: Death Under Glass

by Chau Tu

An exhibit at Philadelphia's Mütter Museum offers a peek through a forensic pathologist’s microscope.

histology, death, tattoo, forensic pathology, medical examination, skin
Oct. 28, 2014

Picture of the Week: Egyptian Mummy

by Sarah Lewin

A patient more than 3,000 years-old takes a turn through a CT scanner.

mummy, mummies, st. louis art museum, radiology
Oct. 20, 2014

Picture of the Week: Phytoplankton

by Sarah Lewin

This hard-scaled algae adapted to increased temperatures and acidification of the water—and continued absorbing CO2.

algae, phytoplankton, climate change, nature climate change, emiliani huxleyi
Oct. 15, 2014

Picture of the Week: The Sun

by Sarah Lewin

Photographer Alan Friedman documents the sun’s many faces using telescopes, filters, cameras, and computer software.

Oct. 06, 2014

Picture of the Week: Fukang Pallasite

by Chau Tu

This rare type of meteorite offers insight into asteroid formation, as well as earth's geologic processes.

pallasite, fukang, meteorite
Sep. 30, 2014

Picture of the Week: Mammalian Eye

by Emma Bryce

A special imaging technology peers inside a mouse eye, revealing the distinct roles that cells play in maintaining retinal health.

eye, mouse, cells
Sep. 22, 2014

Picture of the Week: Fused Staghorn Coral

by Chau Tu

This hybrid coral could withstand climate change better than its relatives.

coral, florida, miami, hybrid, ocean, environment

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