Today's world through a science lense

22:21, Jan 08 2013
Newborn Gray Titi monkey
JANUARY 7: A newborn Gray Titi monkey hangs on to its mother at the Santa Fe Zoo. The species, saginus leucopus, is a monogamous one found in Central America. The monkeys live in groups of 2-7.
Dinomyidae rodent
JANUARY 8: A 30-day old Dinomyidae rodent is born into captivity. These rodents can grow to weigh 15kg and to a length of 79cm - not including the tail.
Brown Pelican
JANUARY 9: A Brown Pelican cruises along the California coastline. It is one of only two breeds of pelican that hunts by diving into the sea.
Remains od a dead star
JANUARY 10: The historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away. Light from the stellar explosion that created Cassiopeia A is thought to have reached Earth about 300 years ago, after traveling 11,000 years to get here. While the star is long dead, its remains are still bursting with action. The outer blue ring is where the shock wave from the supernova blast is slamming into surrounding material, whipping particles up to within a fraction of a percent of the speed of light.
Poison frog
JANUARY 16: An endangered poison frog from South America, the Oophanga Histrionica is able to change its colour as a defence mechanism. The harlequin's base colour is a bright orange with a webbing of black over the entire body. It may change to be dull orange, yellow, red, white or blue.
Saturn
JANUARY 17: The Cassini spacecraft took this mosaic of Saturn and its rings backlit against the Sun using infrared, red and violet spectral filters that were combined to create an enhanced colour view. A wide-angle camera was used at a distance from the planet of about 800,000km.
Mid Vulcanoids
JANUARY 24: Astronomers using ‘Stereo’, two Nasa spacecraft revolving around the Sun near Earth’s orbit, determine 19th and 20th century theories of a planet Vulcan circling the Sun are unlikely to be true. They have found for even an asteroid to exist there it would have to be 7-21 per cent as far from the Sun as Earth otherwise it would orbit Mercury or evaporate in the Sun’s heat.
Hywind floating windmill
JANUARY 25: Approval granted for a US$120 million project to build four floating windmills in deep oceanic waters off the Norwegian coast. The pictured windmill is the first of the four and is shown being towed out. Wind speeds and stronger and more consistent at sea than on land.

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