Each week we find the most interesting and informative articles we can and along the way we uncover amazing and cool images. Here you'll discover 10 incredible photos and the stories behind them.
The tarantula in black:
Researchers examined and reorganized tarantulas in a new study. Many of the 55 known species were reclassified and 14 new species were added to the group, including a hairy black spider named for Johnny Cash.
Nearly 50 boxes of ancient artifacts were returned to Italy after being illegally removed and hidden in a warehouse in Geneva. The artifacts were likely robbed from the Umbria and Lazio regions of Italy more than 15 years ago.
[Full Story: Treasures Dug Up by Tomb Robbers Returned to Italy]
Amazing magnetic sun:
The magnetic activity of the sun extends deep into space, affecting planets, spacecraft, satellites, and radio communications as well as creating auroras on Earth. The magnetism also controls the flow of solar plasma and generates the fire ball's energy.
[Full Story: Swirling Magnetic Sun Mesmerizes in NASA Animation]
The fossil of a harvestman spider encased in amber has revealed some private and rare information: the spider cousin — a newly discovered ancient species — had an erection when it died. The bizarre find has allowed experts to collect data not normally available about the creatures.
Ancient Greek laptop? Not quite:
Conspiracies abound and a new one has been loosed. An ancient Greek sculpture honoring a deceased elite woman contains what resembles a modern-day laptop, but, according to experts, is nothing of the sort.
Winter storm Jonas broke records from snow fall to wind speeds. NASA's Earth Observatory released a map depicting the direction and force of those gales based on data from RapidScat, a sensor on the International Space Station.
[Full Story: Map of Winter Storm Jonas' Wind Shows Destructive Gusts]
Google's Mont Blanc:
Google, by partnering with several different experts in photography and mountain trekking, released news of mapping Europe's Mount Blanc. So now people can ascend the peak from the comfort of their own homes.
Tens of millions of years ago a strange creature roamed the Earth: similar to a wildebeest yet sporting a domed crest and trumpetlike nasal passage reminiscent of a duck-billed dinosaur. Fossils also indicate the animals were feasted by early humans.
Discovery of new species is more common than you'd think, especially in the deep sea. Recently a new study revealed the uncovering of four new species of flatwormlike animals after nearly a dozen years of work.
[Full Story: 4 New 'Flatworm' Species: No Brains, No Eyes, No Problem]
Two new species of tree frogs discovered in Taiwan have an odd eating habit. As tadpoles, both species feast on their mothers' fertilized eggs.
[Full Story: Baby Frogs Dine on Mom's Unfertilized Eggs]