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 blue-tinted sunset:
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has sent back splendid images of the Red Planet. One such image was recently beamed home — a blue-tinted sunset.
The Larsen B ice shelf in the Antarctic collapsed in 2002. Now scientists believe it will be entirely gone — broken into hundreds of icebergs withing 5 years.
[Full Story: Antarctic Ice Shelf in Last Throes of Collapse]
The discovery of the moonfish has rocked the scientific world. It is the first-known warm-blooded fish.
[Full Story: First Warm-Blooded Fish Found]
A recent study found that tracking tweets about aurora sightings is a very accurate as well as timely way to locate and see auroras. The project was born not only to track the auroras but to encourage citizen science.
[Full Story: Illuminating Tweets: Northern Lights Tracked via Twitter]
A new NASA image displays the 67 percent cloud coverage experienced by Earth at any given time. The data reveals three significantly cloudy zones and a few areas where skies tend to stay more clear.
[Full Story: Cloudiest Places on Earth Revealed in Stunning New Image]
A newly released image from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico shows the wild, rushing currents around Antarctica. The images was created by technology designed to track and measure how currents transport heat and how that affects climate change.
[Full Story: Incredible Image of Antarctica's Swirling Currents]
Mei Xiang, a giant panda at the DC zoo, may be having another cub soon. After undergoing two rounds of artificial insemination in April, zoopkeepers won't know if she's with cub for a few months.
[Full Story: Oh, Baby! Giant Panda at DC Zoo Might Have Another Cub]
Meet the Fembot:
In an effort to better understand the mating rituals and choices of the sage-grouse, one researcher designed a fembot made from a female sage-grouse skin and various computer and remote control components. The researchers are using these mini robots to not only film the mating habits of the birds but to conduct playback experiments to aid conservation of species.
Chicks with dino snouts:
Scientists have created chicks with the muzzle of a dinosaur rather than their natural beaks. By tweaking the dna of the birds these experts have uncovered new information on the evolution of the beak.
[Full Story: Chicken Embryos With Dinosaur Snouts Created in Lab]
An ice core from the Allan Hills region in the Antarctic reveals information about the atmosphere on Earth a million years ago. These frozen bubbles offer the oldest snapshot yet of ancient Earth's climate.