SpaceX prepared for its first all-civilian flight and completed a mission for the U.S. Space Force the week of June 17–23,while scientists made surprising discoveries about insects and animals on Earth.
Here are the biggest science stories of the week, told in 10 astonishing images.
Researchers discovered a new species of ancient giant rhino, Paraceratherium linxiaense, in China. The fossils paint a fuller picture of giant rhino migration and suggest they crossed Tibet to disperse through Asia.
Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array confirmed gravitational instabilities around stars are a precursor to planet formation. The team used observations from Elias 2-27, a widely studied star.
Researchers in the U.K. discovered the Painted Lady butterfly can fly nearly 9,000 miles round trip from sub-Saharan Africa to Western Europe in the right weather conditions. It’s the longest known insect migration and could help scientists predict migrations driven by climate change.
Researchers in Japan and Singapore discovered the first known crab species with asymmetrical sex organs in males and females. The crab is now called Mabui calculus, but scientists have nicknamed it the “sexy crab.”
Researchers in Australia found the pain-inducing venom from the Doratifera vulnerans caterpillar contains peptides that could be useful in medicine, including treatments for parasites. The venom is extremely complex, containing 151 distinct toxins.