Biology & Science
Visually flabbergasting images of the universe and its inhabitants.
Cordyceps fungi invades its hosts (mainly arthropods), and its mycelium eventually replaces the host's tissue. Once the arthropod is dead, cylindrical or branching growths emerge from the creature's dead body. Some species also have mind-control capabilities, convincing the host to travel to a place where the fungus will find optimal growth conditions before the host dies.
Photojournalist Daniel Botelho snapped this stunning shot of a mola mola (ocean sunfish) more than two years ago, but it wasn't widely seen until this year. The ocean sunfish has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) — it's the largest bony fish in the world!
This picture shows the aftermath of fayalite reacting with gaseous CO2 to form siderite, thereby capturing the CO2 in a solid, stable form