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11 Science Photos From This Week That Will Fill You With Awe

Mars drones, a new anglerfish, and more!

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The Lagoon Nebula is a region of intense star formation tangled up in swirling gas and dust. This image of it was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Wildfires rage in the Darwin and Adelaide River areas in Australia's Northwest Territory on August 5, 2015 (outlined in red above). This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the NASA's Aqua satellite.

NASA Earth Observatory / Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the USGS

An imager on the Landsat 8 satellite captured this image of algal blooms, visible as green swirls, around Lake St. Clair. Algae thrive when there's plenty of nutrients, sunlight, and warm water temperatures.

ESA / Rosetta / Navcam / CC BY-SA IGO

This image of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko was taken in April and released a few days ago in celebration of Rosetta's first year studying the comet.

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Plaques in the brain are linked to Alzheimer's disease, and are caused by the clumping together of beta-amyloid proteins. Here they're shown in red. A new study shows that the brain's ability to clear these plaques appears to slow with age.

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Engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are building "prospecting" quad-copters that will be able to search for resources on Mars. This is a prototype.


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