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Here are the biggest science stories from September 10–15, told in 8 amazing images.
The Hubble Space Telescope captured a striking image of the NGC 6717 globular cluster — a gravity-bound collection of stars 20,000 light-years from Earth. NGC 6717 sits in the Sagittarius constellation.
Scientists discovered a species of parasitic candiru (or vampire fish) that don’t seem to feed on its hosts, as other candiru do. The scientists hypothesize that they could be using their hosts to hide from predators or to transport them long distances.
Researchers discovered that organic materials in the hard shell of a marine invertebrate called Discinisca tenuis can absorb water, making it soft and flexible until exposed to air. Designs mimicking the shell could be used to develop synthetic bone or protective clothing.
Astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Akihiko Hoshide completed a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. The pair installed a bracket that will later support a Roll-Out Solar Array, providing the station with power.
Black and white images of the coronavirus do a better job convincing the public of its contagiousness than colorized pictures, according to a new study. However, eye-catching colorized images are more common than informative black and white ones.
Researchers discovered that a set of 21 carvings of camels found in Northern Arabia date back to the Neolithic period. That makes the life-size carvings the oldest surviving large-scale reliefs ever discovered.