An ominous winter storm appears in stark contrast to a soft sunset in a new photograph from the South Island of New Zealand.
This stunning shot was captured by photographer Chris Watson, of Invercargill, New Zealand on Saturday, May 24. It was the first major winter storm of the season, Watson wrote in an email to Live Science.
Credit: ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 39 crew.
The red-tile roofs of Venice stand out in a new astronaut photograph that also shows how humans and the sea interact in this long-occupied location.
The photograph shows Venice in the Venice Lagoon, with the neighboring city of Mestre nearby. Wetlands separate agricultural fields from the lagoon, and a barrier island divides the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. A member of the Expedition 39 crew on the International Space Station took this photo on May 9, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.
Using 3D-printing methods, researchers have created artificial blood vessels in a lab. The bioprinted structures could be used for transplants or for testing…Read More »
new drugs, scientists say.
Blood vessels are vital parts of the body's circulatory system that supply the organs with nutrients and remove waste. Scientists have developed artificial tissue from the heart, liver and lungs, but creating a synthetic network of blood vessels to support these organs has been a challenge.
A stick insect camouflaged in the forests of southern China got its cover blown last month by a flashlight-toting scientist who identified the critter…Read More »
as a new species.
Like most stick insects, the new species Sinophasma damingshanensis has a long, narrow body and a green-brown coloration that allows it to blend in perfectly among plant stems. But insect hunters have a trick for spotting the disguised creatures.
In honor of this month's 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, pilots from Britain's Royal Air Force recreated the first images taken of the fateful…Read More »
landings on the beaches of Normandy by their counterparts during World War II.
Two Tornado jets used modern technology to recreate the images of the French beaches Gold, Juno, Utah and Sword, where the Allies landed on June 6, 1944. On that day, Air Commodore Andrew Geddes, flying a 2 (AC) Squadron Mustang, snapped the first pictures of the D-Day landings. Two other aircraft, piloted by Flight Lieutenant R. H. G. Weighill and Flying Officer H. J. Shute, were also flying overhead at the moment when the Allies first landed on the Normandy beaches, according to the U.K. Ministry of Defence.
The first three-dimensionally preserved eggs of ancient winged reptiles that lived more than 100 million years ago have been unearthed in China.
Five intact eggs were found, along with dozens or more adult fossils, of a new type of pterosaur, a group of prehistoric winged reptiles that dominated the skies during the time of dinosaurs. These creatures included some of the largest flying animals that ever existed.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen with data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE).
At first glance, this image might seem to show Central California covered in snow. But that white stuff isn't the makings of a winter wonderland. It's…Read More »
thick, dense fog known as tule fog.
Tule fog season in California is traditionally between November and March, when rains bring moisture to the state's Central Valley. The term "tule" comes from the plant of the same name (Schoenoplectus acutus), which dominates marshes in the region.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Parallel valleys called grabens stand out in a new satellite image of Canyonlands National Park in Utah.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the park, which was created in 1964. The Colorado River, seen on the left in this image, and the Green River divide the park into four districts. The region seen here is called the Needles District, which is one of the more remote areas of the park. Here, colorful sandstone spires define the landscape.