Snazzy Science Photos of the Week (July 13 -July 19)
A pair of panda cubs were born at the Atlanta Zoo at 6:21 and 6:23 p.m. on Monday, July 15, according to the zoo’s website. They were the first U.S.-born giant panda twins since 1987 and the first pandas born in America in 2013.
Snails crawls on the face of a woman at the beauty salon 'Ci:z.Labo' in Tokyo on July 13, 2013. The face-munching critters are Japan's latest beauty treatment for women who want to slough off dead skin, clear their pores or roll back the years.
NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI)
Comet ISON -- caught in this photo taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on April 10, 2013, when it was 386 million miles from the sun -- is on a perilous course toward our sun. If it manages to avoid death at the hands of Earth's fiery friend and is able to safely whip around it, astronomers say ISON could light up the sky for weeks, starting in early December.
For many parts of the country, it might not be easy to think about hot food in the middle of a blistering heat wave, but there's still plenty of cookout time left in the summer. This grill appendage, the BBiQ, can monitor food on the grill and alert the cook, wherever he or she may be -- provided it's within Bluetooth range. It even lets users integrate specific recipe instructions, such as when to apply seasoning.
Courtesy of Chantal Abergel/Jean-Michel Claverie
Electron microscopy provides an image of a Pandoravirus particle. Pandoraviruses -- recently discovered "megaviruses" -- are more than twice as big as the last largest-known viruses. They're visible with a traditional light microscope, range a full micrometer in size, and possess an astounding 2,500 genes.
A close up view of a tick (Ixodes), an ectoparasite that lives on the blood of mammals or by hematophagy. It's that time of year when humans and pets alike can pick up these unwanted hitchhikers.
The village of Rambara, seen here in satellite imagery, is one of scores that were wiped off the map by the monsoon-triggered floods and debris flows in northern India last month. The disaster that has claimed an estimated 6,000 lives.
LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
In another storm image from space, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of Typhoon Soulik on July 12, 2013. The storm was moving west across the Pacific Ocean, on a course to strike Taiwan and China. It would ultimately leave hundreds dead or missing in China.
Mohamed Aly Soliman
Are these formations in the Egyptian desert long-lost pyramids? Or are they just naturally occurring pyramidal rock outcrops? The structures were spotted last year by amateur satellite archaeologist Angela Micol. She used Google Earth from 5,000 miles away in North Carolina.
The screwworm fly was eliminated in the United States in the late 1950s, but it survives elsewhere, such as in Peru, where its larvae were found in the ear of a British tourist. The flesh-eating worms were successfully removed from the woman's ear, with no long-term ill effects, but not before she experienced headaches and shooting pains in her face.