Science Images of the Week

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 5:50 pm (UTC+0)
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This artist's concept illustrates the new view of the Milky Way.  Scientists have discovered that the Milky Way's elegant spiral structure is dominated by just two arms wrapping off the ends of a central bar of stars. Previously, our galaxy was thought to possess four major arms. (Image: NASA)

Artist’s concept of a new view of the Milky Way. Scientists have discovered the Milky Way’s elegant spiral structure is dominated by two arms wrapping off the ends of a central bar of stars. Our galaxy was previously thought to possess four major arms. (NASA)

Native to Madagascar, this is an indri, one of the largest living lemurs in the world. (Photo: Meredith Barrett)

Native to Madagascar, this is an indri, one of the largest living lemurs in the world. (Meredith Barrett)

This is a Spallation Neutron Source cavity assembly in the clean room the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia. It's a piece of a particle accelerator that scientists use to provide the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world.  (Photo: Jefferson Lab)

This is a Spallation Neutron Source cavity assembly in the clean room the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia. It’s a piece of a particle accelerator scientists use to provide the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world. (Jefferson Lab)

With its solar panels deployed, this is the spacecraft that will be used for NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission as seen in a clean room at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Sunnyvale, Calif. The spacecraft is scheduled to be launched this April. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

NASA will use this spacecraft, seen here with its solar panels deployed  in a clean room at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, for its Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission scheduled for launch this April. (Lockheed Martin)

Immune system cells, called macrophages, normally engulf and kill intruding bacteria but sometimes the microbes, shown in red, find a way to escape into the interior of the cell where it can multiply and invade other cells.  (Photo: Miao lab, UNC School of Medicine)

Immune system cells, called macrophages, normally engulf and kill intruding bacteria but sometimes the microbes, shown in red, find a way to escape into the interior of the cell where it can multiply and invade other cells. (Miao lab, UNC School of Medicine)

A large male purple marsh crab (Sesarma reticulatum) is seen clipping cordgrass with its claws. These crabs are nocturnal and typically live in burrows during the day to stay moist and avoid predators.  (Photo: Tyler Coverdale)

A large male purple marsh crab (Sesarma reticulatum) clips cordgrass with its claws. These crabs are nocturnal and typically live in burrows during the day to stay moist and avoid predators. (Tyler Coverdale)

This is a single 5 minute exposure taken recently in Buenos Aires on an Argentinian summer night.  It shows not only Earth clouds but starry clouds, the pinkish glow of the Carina Nebula, and Small Magellanic Clouds.  The line arcing from the center of the right side to the lower left is the orbiting International Space Station. (Photo & Copyright: Luis Argerich)

This is a single five-minute exposure taken recently in Buenos Aires on an Argentinian summer night. It shows not only Earth clouds but starry clouds, the pinkish glow of the Carina Nebula and Small Magellanic Clouds. The line arcing from the center of the right side to the lower left is the orbiting International Space Station. (Photo & Copyright: Luis Argerich)

Before workers with NASA's US Antarctic Program are sent out into the field they must first undergo training to help them endure the harsh Antarctic conditions.  Here's a look at their training camp site that was set up on the Ross Ice Shelf ,the largest ice shelf of Antarctica.  (Photo: NASA)

Before workers with NASA’s US Antarctic Program are sent into the field, they must first undergo training to endure the harsh Antarctic conditions. Here’s a look at their training camp site, set up on the Ross Ice Shelf ,the largest ice shelf of Antarctica. ( NASA)

Found in the waters surrounding the Philippines a moray eel poses for a photo. (Photo: M. J. Costello)

Found in the waters surrounding the Philippines, a moray eel poses for a photo. (M. J. Costello)

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Rick Pantaleo maintains the Science World blog and writes stories for VOA’s web and radio on a variety of science, technology and health topics. He also occasionally appears on various VOA programs to talk about the latest scientific news. Rick joined VOA in 1992 after a 20 year career in commercial broadcasting.

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