Here are the biggest science stories of the week, told in 9 incredible images.
A study of 2020’s West Coast wildfires showed high wind was the main driver of the fires, but topography, tree age, and canopy height also contributed. The findings could help shape future wildfire prevention efforts.
Researchers developed two new methods to create accurate visualizations of artifacts found by anthropologists and archaeologists. The simple new processes could help scientists determine and communicate the meaning of their findings more easily.
For the first time in 40 years, scientists found the flower Gasteranthus extinctus in the wild. The highly endangered flower was named extinctus in 2000, because scientists thought it was already extinct when it was named.
Scientists created a new quadrupedal robot called SQuRo (small-sized quadruped robotic rat), which is more agile in narrow spaces. Based on the movement of cave rats, the robots are able to carry far more weight than other similar machines.
Using data from the January 15, 2022, Hunga Tonga Ha’apai volcanic eruption, scientists created an algorithm that can locate eruptions almost instantaneously and predict its size. The algorithm could help coordinate the response to future eruptions.
Scientists determined Venus’ fast-moving atmosphere keeps the planet slowly rotating rather than being fully tidally locked by the Sun’s gravity. Studying Venus could help astronomers better understand exoplanets that are extremely close to their stars.