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.
Explaining how squid, cuttlefish and octopuses utilize their camoflauge capabilities is the focus of two recently released studies. The research indicates cephalopod skin contains light-sensing cells usually found in eyes.
[Full Story: Squid 'Sees' with Its Skin (No Eyes Needed)]
Of the 18,000 new species named in 2014, a few garnered special ranking as the most bizarre. This odd little spider is one of them: when under threat, the arachnid cartwheels away across the sand.
In surveying Lake Neuchâtel in Switzerland for evidence of earthquakes and tsunamis, researchers found four mysterious craters. In investigating the odd finds, they discovered the lake is connected to the Jura Mountains karst system which is pumping ground water into the lake from below.
[Full Story: 'Crazy Craters' Found in Swiss Lake]
San Andreas in 3D:
New studies into the anatomy and workings of earthquakes have uncovered how the gigantic plates move past each other. Tiny nanocrystals, which are formed when the rock is heated and pressurized, are what allow the tectonic plates to slide, creating an earthquake.
[Full Story: Tiny 'Crystal Cushion' Drives Earthquakes]
A series of recently released studies indicates the bulk of sea life is made of newly discovered Seussian-like creatures. A three-year voyage searching for tiny life — 2 millimeters and smaller in the ocean — has uncovered a hidden web of miniscule life.
Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Oahu is the best kept secret when it comes to beaches, until now. In his yearly Best Beaches list, "Dr. Beach" crowned the gorgeous location Best Beach of 2015.
[Full Story: Best Beach of 2015 Is Off the Beaten Path]
A team of researchers on a three-year voyage exploring ocean life, captured this photo of a copepod — a colorful Sapphirina — which shimmers as light diffuses through its outer skin.
Sloths mating habits are not very well understood. Some research indicates that, while sloths live at a very slow pace, their reproductive processes are quite intentional as evidenced by the number of babies sired by a given male.
[Full Story: Animal Sex: How Sloths Do It]
In Papua New Guinea, an old cultural practice of smoking mummies has been revived by restoring several existing mummies, thanks to a group of researchers. They worked with the Ange tribe to identify and use local materials so the tribe could maintain the mummies by themselves. In restoring the existing mummies, the researchers have helped a unique culture return to its roots.
[Full Story: Smoked Mummy Helps Villagers Connect with 'Ghost World']
The largest atom smasher in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is back online and going strong. In a test of the machine, atoms collider releasing energies of 13 tera-electrovolts which is twice the LHC's previous power and created some beautifully stunning images.
[Full Story: Record-Breaking Energy Unleashed in Largest Atom Smasher]