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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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Top Science Pictures of the Year
21 December 2012 10:01 am
Earlier this week, we posted our "Year in Shots," a collection of all of the ScienceShots images we've run this year. Here are a few of our favorites. Got one of your own? Let us know in the comments section! Also check out "The Top 10 ScienceNOWs of 2012."
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/G. Cassam-Chenaï, J.Hughes et al.; Radio: NRAO/AUI/NSF/GBT/VLA/Dyer, Maddalena & Cornwell; Optical: Middlebury College/F. Winkler, NOAO/AURA/NSF/CTIO Schmidt & DSS
No Star Left Behind. The celestial wreckage of the brightest supernova in recorded history, which left no star in its wake.
Credit: Christopher C. Austin/Louisiana State University
Smaller Than a Dime, Frog Is World's Tiniest Vertebrate. Paedophryne amauensis has taken the top spot as the world's smallest vertebrate, with an average adult size of 7.7 millimeters in length, less than half the diameter of a U.S. dime.
Nanoflower Isn't Just for Looks. Tiny floral objects may improve the stability and efficiency of protein catalysts.
Credit: Adeen Flinker/UC Berkeley
A Brain Wave Worth a Thousand Words. A network of electrodes connects to the brain’s hearing centers, allowing scientists to record activity while patients listen to different words. Each word generated its own unique pattern in the brain, allowing them to reconstruct what a patient heard just by analyzing brain activity.
Bingo! Ancient Rushing Water on Mars. Curiosity rover finds a textbook example of rocks deposited by lots of flowing water.
Credit: Guek Hock Ping
New Species Discovered, Thanks to Flickr. The images of the new lacewing, which has a 30-millimeter wingspan, were taken in a forested park north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by an amateur photographer and then posted online. An entomologist randomly viewing the images noted the distinct pattern of veins in the insect’s wings, which sport black markings and two white spots (see image above), and suspected the creature was an undescribed species.
Credit: Heidi Halbwirth
The Secret of the Black Dahlia. Rare black dahlia get their color from high levels of anthocyanins, the pigments that—at lower levels—also give orange and red dahlias their colors.
Credit: David Ainley/H. T. Harvey & Associates
Killer Whales Working Harder for Lunch?. Mysterious disappearances may be due to fishing vessels that are targeting the same large Antarctic toothfish that the whales eat, forcing the animals to hunt across wider areas.
Credit: (Molecule, Left) Silvia Vignolini; (Plant, Right) Paula Rudall
The Bluest Fruit. Although it doesn’t contain any pigments, the tiny fruit Pollia condensata produces the brightest blue found in nature.
Credit: Griswold et al., ZooKeys
Giant-Clawed Spider Is a 'Cave Robber.' The newly discovered Trogloraptor, or "cave robber" spider is so unusual it belongs to an entirely new lineage. The creepy-crawly derives its name from both its home home habitat and remarkable claws!
Credit: Illustration by Carl Buell
Lizard Named After Obama Died in Dinosaur Apocalypse. President Barack Obama survived a tough reelection battle this year—but Obamadon's successors got a postextinction bounce.
Credit: Roy Caldwell
How the Blue-Ringed Octopus Flashes Its Bling. One of the most venomous animals on the planet, the blue-ringed octopus flashes a warning before it bites, releasing toxic saliva through its beak.