The naming of the space shuttle after Star Trek'slead ship is only part of the series' extensive cultural influence. The first American series to feature an interracial cast, it drew public interest to space travel, birthed a new language, and spawned five successor series, thirteen movies, a plethora of merchandise, and a multi-billion dollar industry.Photograph: NASA
The great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) is a widespread member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It breeds in much of the Old World and the Atlantic coast of North America. It can dive to considerable depths, but often feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings its prey, mostly fish, to the surface.Photograph: JJ Harrison
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew two Boeing 767 jets into the twin towers in a coordinated act of terrorism. After burning for 56 minutes, the South Tower collapsed, followed 29 minutes later by the North Tower. Falling debris and fires led to the partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the complex and caused catastrophic damage to surrounding structures. The attacks killed 2,606 people in and around the towers, as well as all 157 on board the two aircraft.Photograph: Carol M. Highsmith; edit: Soerfm
The lesser whistling duck (Dendrocygna javanica) is a species of whistling duck that breeds in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. They are nocturnal feeders and during the day may be found in flocks around lakes and wet paddy fields. They can perch on trees and sometimes build their nest in the hollow of a tree. This brown and long-necked duck has broad wings that are visible in flight and produces a loud two-note wheezy call.Photograph: JJ Harrison
Lilium bulbiferum is a herbaceous European lily with underground bulbs, belonging to the Liliaceae. It reaches an average height of 20–90 centimetres (7.9–35.4 in), with bulbs that can reach about 1.5 centimetres (0.59 in) of diameter. L. bulbiferum has two varieties, L. bulbiferum var. croceum and L. bulbiferum var. bulbiferum; only the latter always produces secondary aerial bulbs.Photograph: Uoaei1
Bothriechis schlegelii is a venomous pit viper species found in Central and South America. Small and arboreal, these snakes are characterized by their wide array of color variations, as well as the superciliary scales over the eyes. They are the most common of the palm-pitvipers and are often present in zoological exhibits. The specific nameschlegelii honors the German ornithologist, Hermann Schlegel. No subspecies are currently recognized.Photograph: Geoff Gallice
Card money, printed on plain cardboard or playing cards, was issued from the 17th to the 19th century to supplement the supply of money in several countries and colonies.
This playing card from Dutch Guiana (now Suriname), dated 1801, has a face value of one guilder. In that colony, card money was first issued in 1761, initially backed by bills of exchange from the Netherlands; but later it was released unsecured, and inflation was an issue for much of the currency's lifetime, with the value fluctuating wildly until it was replaced with paper money in 1826 and formally discontinued two years later.Card: Government of Dutch Guiana; image courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection
A front view of a Sony α 77 II A-mount camera fitted with a Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM kit lens and photographed using low-key lighting. The Sony α77 II is an interchangeable-lens camera aimed at advanced amateur photographers. It replaced the Sony Alpha 77 model, with which it shares many design features, in June 2014. The camera features a SLT transparent mirror, an electronic viewfinder, in-body image stabilization, and a resolution of 24 megapixels.
The Biham–Middleton–Levine traffic model for a 144 x 89 lattice, with a traffic density of 38%. The model has self-organized to a periodic intermediate phase. The red cars and blue cars take turns to move; the red ones only move rightwards, and the blue ones move downwards. Every time, all the cars of the same colour try to move one step if there is no car in front. This video has been sped up such that only one in four frames is shown.