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Sep. 08, 2014

Picture of the Week: ‘Sequined’ Spider

by Becca Cudmore

This spider, likely a member of the Thwaitesia genus, was photographed in Singapore.

spider, mirror spider, sequined spider
Sep. 02, 2014

Picture of the Week: Prehistoric Leafcutter Bee Pupa

by Chau Tu

Discovered at La Brea Tar Pits, the pupa helps reveal clues to what the environment was like in Southern California during the Pleistocene Epoch.

tar pits, la brea, bee, leafcutter bee, john harris, anna holden
Aug. 25, 2014

Picture of the Week: Great Bowerbird’s Bower

by Chau Tu

Male great bowerbirds build these structures strictly to attract females for mating.

bowerbirds, great bowerbird, australia, bower
Aug. 18, 2014

Picture of the Week: Growing Starfish

by Emma Bryce

Biologists photograph the first days of a fiery orange starfish common to Brazil's rocky southern shores.

Aug. 11, 2014

Picture of the Week: Ugab River

by Andrew P. Han

This ephemeral river may only last a few days a year, but it’s life sustaining.

ugab river, ephemeral river, black rhino, rhinoceros
Aug. 04, 2014

Picture of the Week: Mating Pandemonium in African Forest Elephants

by Becca Cudmore

A researcher uses thermal imaging to study elephant mating behavior.

elephants, thermal imaging, peter wrege, cornell elephant listening project
Jul. 29, 2014

Picture of the Week: Galaxy Bonanza

by Becca Cudmore

Hubble's most recent photograph of the universe reveals more than 10,000 galaxies, including young ultraviolet ones.

hubble, space, starlight, ultraviolet, infrared, stars, galaxy, galaxies
Jul. 22, 2014

Picture of the Week: Io Moth Caterpillar

by Julie Leibach

This silk moth symbolizes National Moth Week, which has gone global.

moth week, national moth week, io moth, kenn kafuman, andrei sourakov, dave markowitz
Jul. 14, 2014

Picture of the Week: Harlequin Bug Eggs

by Becca Cudmore

These tiny black-and-white cylinders each host a life-sucking insect.

stink bug, stinkbug, harlequin bug, insect, toxic, camouflage, glucosinolates
Jul. 08, 2014

Picture of the Week: Domed Land Snail

by Chau Tu

This tiny snail lives in one of the world’s deepest cave systems.

snail, domed land snail, croatia, tiny animal, shell, new species, cave
Jul. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: Kawah Ijen Volcano

by Chau Tu

This Indonesian volcano burns blue at night, but that’s not lava you’re seeing.

volcano, crater lake, kawah ijen, sulfur, sulfuric acid, miners, indonesia
Jun. 25, 2014

Picture of the Week: Blue-Lined Octopus

by Julie Leibach

This venomous octopus packs a punch, but it’s more likely to hide than launch a poisonous attack.

julian finn, museum victoria, octopus
Jun. 09, 2014

Picture of the Week: Munk's Devil Ray

by Chau Tu

This small ray can breach several feet into the air, causing a loud slapping sound upon its return to the ocean that has earned it the nickname “tortilla.”

devil rays, mobula rays, jumping, breaching, munk's devil ray, cabo pulmo, mexico, gulf of calilfornia, ocean
Jun. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: The Eye of the Sahara

by Chau Tu

The Richat Structure, or the “Eye of the Sahara,” can be seen from space and might be 100 million-years-old.

richat structure, dome, eye of the sahara, target, dome, michel jebrak
May. 19, 2014

Picture of the Week: Kidney Stone

by Jessica McDonald

This otherworldly orb with purple projections comes from a surprising source: the urinary tract of its photographer.

kidney stone, wellcome images, wellcome image awards
May. 13, 2014

Picture of the Week: This Bee Buzzes for Blueberries

by Andrew P. Han

This metallic beauty is one of an estimated 4,000 bees native to the U.S., hundreds of which haven’t been scientifically named yet.

bees, native bees, honeybees, blueberry, maine blueberry bee, sam droege, usgs bee inventory
May. 05, 2014

Picture of the Week: Whale Graveyard

by Jessica McDonald

Paleontologists have pieced together clues to solve the mystery behind the largest collection of whale fossils ever found.

whale graveyard, whales, balleen
Apr. 28, 2014

Picture of the Week: Llareta

by Chau Tu

This hard-as-a-rock South American cushion plant can live thousands of years.

llatera, plant, bolivia, andes, peru, chile, oldest plant, catherine kleier, cath kleier, philip rundel
Apr. 21, 2014

Picture of the Week: Buckeye Dragon Mite

by Jessica McDonald

A newly discovered mite from Ohio is reminiscent of the caterpillar-like dragons of Chinese New Year’s fame.

mite, dragon mite, osu, ohio state university, arachnid
Apr. 15, 2014

Picture of the Week: Practice Eye

by Julie Leibach

The instrument is an early version of a training device popularized by optometrists.

Apr. 07, 2014

Picture of the Week: Gecko-Inspired Adhesive

by Jessica McDonald

A reusable tape made of micro fibers has the remarkable ability to self-clean.

gecko, sticky, adhesive, biomimicry, bio-inspired engineering, tape, scotch tape
Mar. 24, 2014

Picture of the Week: Sea Sponge

by Jessica McDonald

This sea sponge challenges a popular idea of what triggered the evolution of animal life on earth.

sea sponge, oxygen, evolution
Mar. 07, 2014

Picture of the Week: Utah Inversion

by Chau Tu

The Salt Lake Valley's topography lends itself to a natural phenomenon called an inversion, which traps air pollution.

utah, salt lake city, air, pollution, inversion, chemistry
Feb. 28, 2014

Picture of the Week: Beer Bubbles

by Andrew P. Han

Scientists used a high speed camera to study how tiny carbon dioxide bubbles in beer rapidly expand and rise.

Feb. 14, 2014

Picture of the Week: Nanoparticle Heart

by Jessica McDonald

This heart-shaped nanoparticle contains a trio of elements that helps drive the oxidation of ethanol in fuel cells.

fuel cell, hydrogen, ethanol, valentine's day
Jan. 17, 2014

Picture of the Week: Biofluorescing Fish

by Chau Tu

Researchers have discovered an unprecedented diversity of glowing fish species.

biofluorescing, biofluorescence, fish, john sparks, glowing, gfp
Jan. 09, 2014

Picture of the Week: Angiosperm in Amber

by Julie Leibach

A recently described 100 million-year-old fossil is the most complete flowering plant from the Cretaceous discovered.

amber, cretaceous, angiosperm, pollen, germinate, pollen tube
Jan. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: Ice Spike

by Chau Tu

One experiment shows that this little understood phenomenon seems to perform better with distilled water.

ice spikes, freezing, ice, frozen water, ice cubes
Dec. 20, 2013

Picture of the Week: Christmas Tree Farm

by Andrew P. Han

The country's Christmas tree capital is Oregon, where Douglas and noble firs reign thanks to accommodating climate and soil.

christmas trees, tree farms, oregon, tree, douglas fir, noble fir
Dec. 12, 2013

Picture of the Week: Geminid Meteor Shower

by Julie Leibach

Evidence suggests that these fireballs don't come from a comet, but an asteroid with a tail.

geminids, meteor shower, comet, asteroid, phaethon 3200, dave jewitt, dean regas, Cincinnati observatory
Dec. 05, 2013

Picture of the Week: Airplane of the Future?

by Andrew P. Han

This plane looks blue under ultraviolet light, but it's designed to be green.

nasa, plane, environmentally friendly
Nov. 27, 2013

Picture of the Week: Monarch Butterflies

by Becky Fogel

For Californians, Thanksgiving is prime time for butterfly counting.

monarch butterflies, western monarchs, xerces society
Nov. 20, 2013

Picture of the Week: Woolly Bear Bristles

by Julie Leibach

The brown and black bristles help the caterpillar survive harsh winters.

Nov. 15, 2013

Picture of the Week: Saturn (and More)

by Andrew P. Han

The Cassini spacecraft's sweeping shot shows Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus, and Mars.

Nov. 06, 2013

Picture of the Week: Rainbow Eucalyptus

by Andrew P. Han

This tree's kaleidoscopic bark is a photographer's delight.

rainbow eucalyptus, honey, nectar
Oct. 30, 2013

Picture of the Week: Mexican Free-Tailed Bats

by Becky Fogel

These bats could be considered the "Mavericks of the bat world."

Oct. 24, 2013

Picture of the Week: Ball Lightning

by Julie Leibach

The phenomenon has impressed people for centuries, but it has yet to be created in the lab.

martin uman, ball lightning, lightning, phenomenon
Oct. 17, 2013

Picture of the Week: Aurora Borealis

by Andrew P. Han

A method using consumer grade photography gear offers a fresh look at the northern lights.

aurora, aurora borealis, aurora australis, Ryuho Kataoka, National Institute of Polar Research
Oct. 09, 2013

Picture of the Week: Martian Dunes

by Andrew P. Han

A lofty view from space reveals the Red Planet's polygonal geometry.

dunes, sand dunes, world space week, mars, red planet, martian dunes
Sep. 26, 2013

Picture of the Week: Quantum Dot Sphere

by Julie Leibach

This olive-like structure is composed of tiny luminescing spheres that could be used in cellular imaging.

quantum dots, pacific northwest national laboratory, Sayandev Chatterjee, probe, cellular imaging
Sep. 18, 2013

Picture of the Week: Fire Whirl

by Andrew P. Han

Firefighter Greg Sanders encountered a flaming, cobra-like swirl while doing reconnaissance work in Virginia.

fire whirl, great dismal swamp, usfws, greg sanders, michael dufree
Sep. 12, 2013

Picture of the Week: French Flying Machine

by Julie Leibach

The Tissandier brothers contributed to France's reputation as the balloon capital of the world.

albert and gaston tissandier, tissandier, tom crouch, smithsonian, dirigible, blimp, airship, lighter than air, hot air balloon, Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, franco-prussian war
Sep. 04, 2013

Picture of the Week: Rim Fire, As Seen From Space

by Julie Leibach

NASA's MISR experiment snaps pictures of Earth, keeping tabs on environmental attributes from aerosols to smoke plumes.

misr, rim fire, california, david diner, nasa, smoke, climate change, wildfire

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