Fascinating images from all parts of science!

Although my job is writing about science — putting it into words — there are times when images can say so much more than words. I am not much of a photographer or graphic artist, so most of these images were provided by other people, who are credited in the captions when I can remember who they were.

Vor-Tek Emergency Extraction Line (EEL)

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One of the most innovative entries in the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge was inventor Ashley Day's EEL. Note how the EEL's active suction "stacks up" the oil in layers in front, and leaves a blue swath of clean water behind. The EEL performed well enough in calm water to win a prize but did not perform as well in simulated rough seas.

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