January 2016 Science Images

Posted January 29th, 2016 at 3:55 pm (UTC-4)
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Small remote controlled drones have become a popular item lately but this is one is big enough to actually carry a passenger.  This is the EHang 184 that was on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 1/6/16. (AP)

Small remote controlled drones have become a popular item lately but this is one is big enough to actually carry a passenger. This is the EHang 184 that was on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 1/6/16. (AP)

This is the Trumpler 14 star cluster as imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.  Astronomers say this cluster is one of the largest gatherings of hot, massive and bright stars in the Milky Way. (NASA & ESA, Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Centro de Astrobiología, CSIC-INTA, Spain))

This is the Trumpler 14 star cluster as imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers say this cluster is one of the largest gatherings of hot, massive and bright stars in the Milky Way. (NASA & ESA, Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Centro de Astrobiología, CSIC-INTA, Spain))

On 1/16/16 NASA astronaut Scott Kelly posted this image of an orange zinnia flower he grew in the International Space Station’s Veggie plant growth system. Kelly has been aboard the ISS since March, 2015 and is scheduled to return to Earth in two months. (NASA)

On 1/16/16 NASA astronaut Scott Kelly posted this image of an orange zinnia flower he grew in the International Space Station’s Veggie plant growth system. Kelly has been aboard the ISS since March, 2015 and is scheduled to return to Earth in two months. (NASA)

In an image released on 1/18/16, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen drawing a blood meal from the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This mosquito species can spread the Zika virus, which is spreading in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. (AP)

In an image released on 1/18/16, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen drawing a blood meal from the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo’s University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This mosquito species can spread the Zika virus, which is spreading in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. (AP)

Using data gathered by the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, this is a composite image of the Smith Cloud that was released on 1/28/16. The Smith Cloud is an immense cloud of hydrogen gas scientists say traveled through and out of the Milky Way about 70 million years ago and is boomeranging back toward our galaxy at a speed of about 11,265,419 km/h. Scientists expect the gas cloud to collide with our galaxy in about 30 million years from now. (NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STSc) B. Saxton and F. Lockman (NRAO/AUI/NSF), and A. Mellinger)

Using data gathered by the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, this is a composite image of the Smith Cloud that was released on 1/28/16. The Smith Cloud is an immense cloud of hydrogen gas scientists say traveled through and out of the Milky Way about 70 million years ago and is boomeranging back toward our galaxy at a speed of about 11,265,419 km/h. Scientists expect the gas cloud to collide with our galaxy in about 30 million years from now. (NASA, ESA,  Z. Levay (STSc) B. Saxton, F. Lockman (NRAO/AUI/NSF), A. Mellinger)

Segway, the company that brought you the odd looking, two-wheeled personal vehicle presented their new Segway Advanced Personal Robot at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 1/6/16.  (AP)

Segway, the company that brought you the odd looking, two-wheeled personal vehicle presented their new Segway Advanced Personal Robot at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 1/6/16. (AP)

Webcam screen capture of technicians at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center installing the 18th and final panel of the James West Space Telescope’s 6.5 meter primary mirror on 1/29/16. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)

Webcam screen capture of technicians at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center installing the 18th and final panel of the James West Space Telescope’s 6.5 meter primary mirror on 1/29/16. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)

Released on 1/25/16, this is a Hubble Space Telescope image of two galaxies.  The one on the left-side is the edge of the LO95 0313-192 galaxy.  The spiral galaxy on the right-side is known as [LOY2001] J031549.8-190623. (ESA/Hubble & NASA)

Released on 1/25/16, this is a Hubble Space Telescope image of two galaxies. The one on the left-side is the edge of the LO95 0313-192 galaxy. The spiral galaxy on the right-side is known as [LOY2001] J031549.8-190623. (ESA/Hubble & NASA)

With hoverboards all the rage lately, Egmemory showed off its latest lineup of hoverboards at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 1/7/16.  (AP)

With hoverboards all the rage lately, Egmemory showed off its latest lineup of hoverboards at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 1/7/16. (AP)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the U.S.-European Jason-3 satellite blasts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on 1/17/16.  The Jason-3 will continue a 23-year record of monitoring global sea level rise. (NASA)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the U.S.-European Jason-3 satellite blasts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on 1/17/16. The Jason-3 will continue a 23-year record of monitoring global sea level rise. (NASA)

Scientists from the University of Cambridge Archaeological Unit, uncover remains of 3,000 year old wooden stilt houses on 1/12/16. The houses, said to be the best preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain, were found preserved in silt, in a quarry. (Reuters)

Scientists from the University of Cambridge Archaeological Unit, uncover remains of 3,000 year old wooden stilt houses on 1/12/16. The houses, said to be the best preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain, were found preserved in silt, in a quarry. (Reuters)

NASA released this image of Pluto’s atmosphere in infrared wavelengths on 1/21/16. The image was created from data gathered on 7/14/15 by the New Horizons Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) instrument. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

NASA released this image of Pluto’s atmosphere in infrared wavelengths on 1/21/16. The image was created from data gathered on 7/14/15 by the New Horizons Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) instrument. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

Rick Pantaleo
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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