Snazzy Science Photos of the Week (August 10-16)
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Flamingos and flamingo chicks are seen in a corral before being tagged at dawn at the Fuente de Piedra natural reserve, near Malaga, southern Spain August 10, 2013. Around 500 flamingos are tagged and measured before being placed in a lagoon, where one of the largest colonies of flamingos in Europe thrives.
Astronaut Ron Garan, tweeted this images from aboard the International Space Station with the following caption: What a 'Shooting Star' looks like from space, taken yesterday during Perseid Meteor Shower. The image was photographed from the orbiting complex on August 13 when it was over an area of China approximately 400 kilometers to the northwest of Beijing.
In the forests of Ecuador, scientists have "discovered" the olinguito, the first new carnivore species reported in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. Discovered is in quotation marks because the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) hasn't entirely been a mystery. The teddy-bear-like creature has been observed in the wild, ended up in museum collections and even been shown in zoos. It was only during a recent effort to classify olingos that researchers decided this critter was distinct and, in fact, its own species.
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Aviation regulators in New Zealand have given the green light -- in the form of aviation permits -- for manned test flights of jetpacks. A specialized version of the jetpack, designed by Martin Aircraft, for the military and "first responder" emergency crews such as firefighters should be ready for delivery by mid-2014.
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Taiwan's first newborn panda was reunited on Tuesday with its mother for the first time. After birth, the baby, Yuan Zai, needed around-the-clock care and some time in an incubator following a slight injury just after she was born.
These small sculpted stones, unearthed by archaeologists from an early Bronze Age burial in Turkey, could be the earliest gaming tokens ever found, confirming that board games likely originated and spread from the Fertile Crescent regions and Egypt more than 5,000 years ago.
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On Oct. 16, 2012, residents of Pike County, Ky., looked high in the sky and saw a strange sight. Amateur astronomer Allen Epling described it to a local reporter as looking "like two fluorescent bulbs, side by side, parallel, shining very bright." Aliens checking us out? No. It turned out to be a balloon that was part of Google's Project Loon initiative to use solar-powered, high-pressure balloons 12 miles up in the sky in order to facilitate low-cost Internet access.
The grave of a medieval Slavic warlord, with a bronze bowl at his feet, was uncovered in Germany by a most unlikely "Indiana Jones": a badger that was just doing what badgers do -- digging -- and in the process got credit for the discovery.
Food scientists on a four-month mock-stay on Mars (which looked an awful lot like a lava field in Hawaii) called it a mission accomplished this week. The crew's goal was to study how best to feed astronauts while on a trip to the angry red planet. Here, a crew member walks in a spacesuit outside the space habitat.
Fish don't usually make men nervous, but this one sure does. The pacu fish, a sharp-toothed, testicle-biting cousin to the piranha, is a vegetarian -- preferring fruits and nuts that drop into the Amazon River and its tributaries -- but it has a worrisome habit of confusing nuts with, well ... yes, that's right.
Glowing rabits -- not a misprint -- were recently born at the University of Istanbul, Turkey. Genetic engineers have created glowing dogs, cats, pigs, mice, and now rabbits, by inserting a gene from a jellyfish into the mammal's DNA. The jellyfish gene codes for a protein that emits light when exposed to ultraviolet light. The jellyfish gene adds an obvious physical change to an engineered animal and allows scientists to know that genetic material has been successfully transferred into a new organism.