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  • A female golden silk orb-weaver spider. Credit: Rain0975 on flickr.com. Used under CC BY-ND 2.0 licence.
  • A male crocodile gives a piggyback ride to his lifelong female partner. Credit: Vladimir Dinets
  • Professor Chunlei Guo has developed a technique that uses lasers to render materials hydrophobic, illustrated in this image of a water droplet bouncing off a treated sample. Credit:  J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester
  • Three of Jupiter's largest moons move across its face.
  • Microcapsules containing sodium carbonate solution are suspended on a mesh during carbon dioxide absorption testing. The mesh allows many capsules to be tested at one time while keeping them separated, exposing more of their surface area. Credit: John Vericella, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
  • Clostridium difficile spores. Credit: Cjc2nd on Wikimedia commons.  Used under CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.
  • The rich green colour of the photosynthesizing sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, helps to camouflage it on the ocean floor. Credit: Patrick Krug.
  • Juice is squeezed out of a fresh orange. Credit:  andriuXphoto
 on www.flickr.com used under a Creative Commons licence (CC BY-SA 2.0).
  • Swollen brain cells: scientists modified the superabsorbant nappy compound, polyacrylate, to magnify brain tissue. Credit: Courtesy of Boyden lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
  • An medium-size solar flare erupts from the right side of the sun in this image in the early morning of 13 January, 2015 (British time). The image was recorded using two wavelengths (171 and 304 angstroms) of light too energetic for our eyes to see, as captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • A shell found on Java in the late 1800s was recently found to bear markings that seem to have been carved intentionally half a million years ago. The photograph is about 15 millimetres wide. Credit: Wim Lustenhouwer/VU University Amsterdam.
  • Eta Carinae's great eruption in the 1840s created the billowing Homunculus Nebula, imaged here by Hubble. Now about a light-year long, the expanding cloud contains enough material to make at least 10 copies of our sun. Astronomers cannot yet explain what caused this eruption. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
  • The L. larvaepartus frog (male, left, and female) from the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. It is the only frog known that gives birth to tadpoles rather than laying spawn. Credit: Jim McGuire photos.
  • A photograph of the Morning Glory Pool from 23 August, 2012, showing bright colours of red, orange, yellow and green. Credit: Joseph Shaw, Montana State University.
  • The Deccan Traps near Mahabaleshwar, India.
Credit: Image courtesy of Gerta Keller, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University.
  • The high-entropy alloy. Credit: North Carolina State University
  • A mid-level solar flare erupted on the sun on 18 December 2014. It can be seen in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) as the bright spot near the center of the sun. SDO observes light in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths that can highlight the intense heat present in a solar flare. Credit: NASA/SDO
  • Photograph of shiny, iridescent eggs coloured white, yellow and brown.

Videos

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  • at-Bristol show how to measure the speed of light with a bar of chocolate, a microwave, and a ruler
  • The Sun. Credit: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory.
  • A female golden silk orb-weaver spider. Credit: Rain0975 on flickr.com. Used under CC BY-ND 2.0 licence.
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