Science Images of the Week

Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 7:56 pm (UTC+0)
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Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station is shown here conducting extravehicular activity (EVA).  Artemyev and fellow cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov conducted a little space station maintenance, deployed a small science satellite, and installed experiment packages.  The spacewalking cosmonauts also inspected components on the space station’s exterior. (NASA)

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station conducts extravehicular activity (EVA). Artemyev and fellow cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov conducted a little space station maintenance, deployed a small science satellite, and installed experiment packages. The spacewalking cosmonauts also inspected components on the space station’s exterior. (NASA)

Here’s our weekly “aww isn’t that cute” photo. These are newborn giant panda triplets inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on August 17, 2014.  The giant panda Juxiao is mother of this trio of cubs.  The triplets were born with the help of artificial insemination procedures. (Reuters)

Here’s our weekly “aww isn’t that cute” photo. These are newborn giant panda triplets inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China, on August 17, 2014. The giant panda Juxiao is mother of this trio of cubs. The triplets were born with the help of artificial insemination procedures. (Reuters)

No, this is not a scene from the Wizard of Oz.  But, snapshot of a tornado as it nears the Italian city of Genoa, Aug 19, 2014. If you look carefully on the right and in background you should see the profile of the Costa Concordia cruise liner wreck which was towed to Genoa for scrapping. (AP)

No, this is not a scene from the Wizard of Oz. It’s a snapshot of a tornado as it nears the Italian city of Genoa, August 19, 2014. If you look carefully on the right and in background you should see the profile of the Costa Concordia cruise liner wreck which was towed to Genoa for scrapping. (AP)

The European Space Agency sent Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites into space. The two spacecraft were launched aboard Soyuz Flight VS09, from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, on August 22, 2014.  The Galileo satellites will be part of a global navigation satellite system that’s being built by the European Union and ESA. (© ESA)

The European Space Agency sent Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites into space. The two spacecraft were launched aboard Soyuz Flight VS09, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on August 22, 2014. The Galileo satellites will be part of a global navigation satellite system that’s being built by the European Union and ESA. (© ESA)

A student of archeology uses her trowel to remove dirt from an ancient mosaic floor that was discovered at an excavation site in Kosovo’s ancient city of Ulpiana, on August, 21, 2014.  The archeologists exploring the site have discovered a baptistery that they believe to dates back to the 4th century AD. (AP)

A student of archeology uses her trowel to remove dirt from an ancient mosaic floor that was discovered at an excavation site in Kosovo’s ancient city of Ulpiana, on August, 21, 2014. The archeologists exploring the site have discovered a baptistery that they believe to dates back to the 4th century AD. (AP)

Recently, Chinese doctor Liu Zhongjun successfully implanted an artificial axis – the second cervical vertebra (C2) – that was produced by a 3D printer into the spine of a bone cancer patient.  Liu said that this surgery marked the first time that an axis produced by 3D printing had been implanted into a patient. (Reuters)

Recently, Chinese doctor Liu Zhongjun successfully implanted an artificial axis – the second cervical vertebra (C2) – that was produced by a 3D printer into the spine of a bone cancer patient. Liu said that this surgery marked the first time that an axis produced by 3D printing had been implanted into a patient. (Reuters)

In an effort to avert any outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, some Asian nations have been using thermal imaging cameras and are placing Doctors at their airports so that they can screen out sick travelers as they arrive.   This photo of thermal image display was taken at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok August 22, 2014.  (Reuters)

In an effort to avert an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, some Asian nations have been using thermal imaging cameras and placing doctors at airports so that they can screen out sick travelers as they arrive. This photo of a thermal image display was taken at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on August 22, 2014. (Reuters)

Meet Kimbuka, a western lowland gorilla.  Kimbuka is shown here standing by a height chart that was placed in his enclosure at London Zoo in London August 21, 2014. The zoo is conducting its annual weigh-in which includes waist and height measurements so that the caretakers can keep track of the general wellbeing of the animals.  The weigh-in is also used to help discover possible pregnancies of endangered species as part of the Zoo's international breeding programs. (Reuters)

Meet Kimbuka, a western lowland gorilla. Kimbuka is shown here standing by a height chart that was placed in his enclosure at the London Zoo on August 21, 2014. The zoo is conducting its annual weigh-in which includes waist and height measurements so that the caretakers can keep track of the general well-being of the animals. The weigh-in is also used to help discover possible pregnancies of endangered species as part of the Zoo’s international breeding programs. (Reuters)

A member of the International Space Station crew took this image of the Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus cargo carrier spacecraft breaking up in Earth's atmosphere on August 17, 2014.  The Cygnus hauled 2,290 kilograms of cargo to the space station after its July 13, 2014 launch from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.  (NASA)

A member of the International Space Station crew took this image of the Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus cargo carrier spacecraft breaking up in Earth’s atmosphere on August 17, 2014. The Cygnus hauled 2,290 kilograms of cargo to the space station after its July 13, 2014 launch from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. (NASA)

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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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