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.
A stunning and rare feature of rotting tree branches during the winter, called hair ice, is now better understood. A study of the near decade-old discovery indicates certain fungus roots in the branches encourages this interesting creation.
[Full Story: Rotting Fungus Creates Beautiful, Glistening 'Hair Ice']
A million-mile view:
One of NASA's deep space satellites, DSCOVR, snapped this breath-taking image of our home from nearly a million miles away.
During an examination of hydrothermal activity in an immense underwater caldera off the island of Santorini, researchers discovered strange sparkling white pools. The pools contain high levels of carbon dioxide and the discovery may help experts better understand how carbon dioxide acts in the ocean.
[Full Story: Iridescent Pools Discovered in Undersea Volcano's Crater]
An app designed to encourage users of drones to share images hosted a photo contest to find the best drone-captured image. The above image of snorkelers swimming with sharks near Moorea Island snagged first place.
Captured with a drone, this image shows men inspecting a field of tulips, row by row, flower by flower.
A more than 100-million-year-old fossil of an ancestor of our modern-day snake took experts by surprise. The fossil connects lizards directly to snakes as it has front and back legs.
[Full Story: Unexpected Step: Snake Ancestor Had Four Feet]
A newly released study warns that current projections about and plans to slow global warming may not be enough to thwart effects of rising ocean waters and temperatures and global weather changes. While the paper is out for public peer review, it still raises many questions about the current policies and plans world leaders have put in place.
[Full Story: Dire Climate Warning by NASA Scientist Raises Questions]
At Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa, a strange natural strucure was photographed by NASA from space. A round caldera left from an ancient volcano that experts believe was active for around a million years is now teaming with life in this African valley.
[Full Story: Ancient Volcano Tattooed the Earth with Giant Rings]
A frozen heart:
NASA scientitsts used the New Horizons' main camera, LORRI, and the infrared imager, Ralph, to piece together this amazing image of Pluto that helps them understand differences in the dwarf planet's surface.