For some crazy, cosmic reason, I've actually had a few moments to myself allowing for a few moments of reading and surfing the web. As a result, I was able to cobble together a number of very cool pictures from around universe. What is it about a single snapshot that can say so much. Video is wonderful, but a perfectly captured image is far better. Here we go...combine the text here with the images above. This is courtesy of LiveScience and NASA.
They look like ordinary baby rhesus macaques, but Hex, Roku and Chimero (Roku and Hex shown here) are the world's first chimeric monkeys, each with cells from the genomes of as many as six rhesus monkeys. Scientists announced this week they had created the world's first chimeric monkeys, essentially gluing together cells from individual rhesus monkey embryos and then implanting these mixed embryos into mama monkeys.
Hawaii's ever-erupting Kilauea volcano celebrated the 29th anniversary of its current eruption this week. The volume of erupted material from Kilauea covering the land there is enough to pave a road across the world three times, making it one of the most active volcanoes on the planet.
The night sky puts on a colorful show like no other in this compressed wide angle view of the aurora over Norway in late 2011. The gyrating colors are caused by the charged particles hitting atoms in the high atmosphere.
Associated Press — Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking was too ill to attend a conference in honor of his 70th birthday Sunday, but in a recorded message played to attendees he repeated his call for humans to colonize other worlds.
University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz told the conference that Hawking, who is almost completely paralyzed because of Lou Gehrig’s disease, had only recently been discharged from the hospital for an unspecified ailment.
Multiple images of the International Space Station flying over the Houston area have been combined into one composite image to show the progress of the station as it crossed the face of the moon in the early evening of Jan. 4. The station, with six astronauts and cosmonauts currently aboard, was flying in an orbit at 390.8 kilometers (242.8 miles). The space station can be seen in the night sky with the naked eye and a pair of field binoculars may reveal some detail of the structural shape of the spacecraft
McMurdo Station , the main U.S. station in Antarctica, is a coastal station on the volcanic hills at the southern tip of Ross Island, about 3,864 km (2,415 miles) south of Christchurch, New Zealand, and 1,360 km (850 miles) north of the South Pole. The original station was built in 1955 to 1956 for the International Geophysical Year. Today's station is the primary logistics facility for supply of inland stations and remote field camps, and is also the waste management center for much of the U.S. Antarctic Program. Year-round and summer science projects are supported at McMurdo. If interested, here's the web cam.
Credit: (c) Martine Maan
This strawberry poison dart frog from Isla Bastimentos in Panama is quite toxic. A new study, published in January 2012 in the journal The American Naturalist, finds that these frogs' coloration patterns, as seen by birds, corresponds to how deadly they really are. Now that's truth in advertising.
Image courtesy SDO/NASA
In late December an active region on the sun spewed dozens of outbursts over a 36-hour period, including the bright flare and spout of plasma—charged gas—seen in this video still from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
The action was driven by strong magnetic forces on the sun's surface, which can pull against each other violently, triggering bursts of solar material that get hurled into space.
Mt Etna in Sicily, Italy eruption raising ash some 16, ooo feet into the sky
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