Satellite Spots Iran Missile Attack Aftermath from Space

The sharp images clearly show which buildings were reduced to ruin and rubble. A closeup of the wreckage at Iraq’s al-Asad airbase, as captured on Jan. 8, 2020, by one of Planet’s SkySat satellites. (Image: © Planet Labs Inc.) You don’t have to be on the ground in Iraq to see the damage done by Iran’s recent missile attack. Satellites operated by San Francisco-based company Planet have captured photos of Iraq’s al-Asad airbase, one of the sites hit in last night’s (Jan. 7) bombardment. The sharp images clearly show which…

You’re Not Seeing Things, These Spider Butts Look Like Faces

The flashy abdomens of male peacock spiders may serve a very important purpose. This design on the abdomen of a peacock spider resembles the face of a mantis. Do you see it? (Image: © Jurgen Otto) AUSTIN, Texas — Male peacock spiders have the ultimate challenge to contend with when it comes to mating: The much larger females would rather kill and eat the male than have sex with him. But the males might have a clever trick up their sleeve, or abdomen, rather. New research presented at the Society…