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.

Advice for the eclipse:

Solar astronomer J. McKim Malville has some advice for people planning to see the Great American Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21: Don’t photograph it.

[Full Story: For the Great American Solar Eclipse, Leave Your Camera at Home]


Animal intelligence tested:

Octopuses have many neurons, appear to play, and may have individual personalities, but does this mean they're smart?

[Full Story: Are Octopuses Smart?]


Planes follow the eclipse:

Scientists will use cameras on two of NASA's WB-57 research jets to make high-resolution moving observations of the sun's corona during the total solar eclipse.

[Full Story: Solar Eclipse-Chasing Jets Aim to Solve Mystery of Sun's Corona]


Pollution in India:

Dogs of a different color have been spotted roaming the streets of Navi Mumbai in India, according to news reports.

[Full Story: Who's a Blue Boy? Indian Dogs Tinted by Polluted River]


Unique clouds:

A gorgeous cloud phenomenon called von Kármán vortices paints the sky with a series of spirals.

[Full Story: Swirls in a Sea of Cotton Candy Captured in Space Image]


Answer to a mystery:

High-speed video of the northern lights has revealed why the glorious celestial shows sometimes flicker like strobe lights: It's all about the gases.

[Full Story: 'Explosive Auroras': What Causes These Strobe Light Displays?]


Eclipses from Above:

If you're on an airplane flying across the U.S. during the Aug. 21 eclipse, what might you see from midair?

[Full Story: Sky-High Solar Eclipse? Here's What You Might See from an Airplane]


Celebration and the eclipse:

A thousand years ago, early Pueblo people, called Chacoans, captured their experiences of a total solar eclipse by carving it into a rock — a circle with looping streamers that resemble the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona.

[Full Story: Ancient Pueblo Rock Art Depicts a 'Celebratory' Solar Eclipse]


Smooth and dark:

A new night-sky survey of distant galaxies suggests that dark matter is less "lumpy" than previously thought.

[Full Story: Is Dark Matter Less 'Lumpy' Than Predicted?]


Animals and eclipses:

Humans aren't the only ones who get spooked during a solar eclipse; animals may change their behavior too, research shows.

[Full Story: Will Animals Freak Out During the Eclipse?]