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Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

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 incredible photos and the stories behind them.

Massive potential

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Earthquakes that shook Southern California in July set a nearby fault in motion.

[Full Story: This Quiet Fault in Southern California Hadn't Moved in 500 Years. Now It's Slipping.]

Stretch potential measured

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A complex network of skull bones, ligaments and muscles allows a snake to swallow prey with bodies much larger than the sinuous predator's own head.

[Full Story: What's The Biggest Animal That a Snake Can Swallow?]

Understanding the importance

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The cryosphere is critical to Earth and its inhabitants, but it is vanishing as the planet warms.

[Full Story: What Is the Cryosphere?]

Preparing for the worst

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Japan imported Ebola and other lethal viruses to prepare diagnostic test kits for the 2020 Olympics.

[Full Story: Japan Just Imported Ebola to Prep for Possible Olympic Outbreak]

Strange situations

(Image credit: Copyright Kafunta Safaris, Zambia/Image by Andrew Mwanza)

An elephant's seemingly final act after it was attacked by a crocodile was to collapse on top of the reptile, crushing the would-be predator.

[Full Story: Dead Elephant Found Lying on Top of a Squashed Crocodile. What Happened?]

Ancient games

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Trilobites fossilized in Morocco seem to have been buried by a storm as they marched in an orderly queue. 

[Full Story: Ancient 'Cockroaches of the Sea' Fossilized While Playing 'Follow the Leader']

Unique cosmic structures

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There are galaxies shaped like jellyfish, galaxies that consume other galaxies, and galaxies that seem to lack the dark matter that pervades the rest of the universe. Here are the strangest galaxies in the universe.

[Full Story: The 15 Weirdest Galaxies in Our Universe]

Ginormous Bubbles

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In the early 20th century, sailors near Alaska reported seeing black bubbles seeming to boil out from the sea. They weren't wrong.

[Full Story: Underwater Volcano Creates Bubbles More Than a Quarter-Mile Across]

Metallic explosion

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Good news for scientists. Bad news for any asteroid dwellers.

[Full Story: An Asteroid-Smashing Star Ground a Giant Rock to Bits and Covered Itself in the Remains]

Reanimating the past

Milkmaid shipwreck

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A virtual dive of a 17th-century shipwreck explores the remains of a ship used by the Dutch to secretly trade with Iceland.

[Full Story: 17th-Century Dutch Smugglers' Shipwreck Comes to Life in Virtual Reality]