Year in Photos Best News Science and Tech Images of 2018

first_img Photos: Animals Rescued From Illegal Trafficking in ColombiaEagle Steals Rabbit From Fox in Mid-Air Battle Stay on target It’s been a year of headlines dominated by extreme weather and natural disasters, sporting events that brought the world together, and space advances that renewed our Mars obsession. From Facebook testifying to Paradise, California burning, these are some of the most incredible (and sometimes, viral) moments captured on film this year.View as: One Page Slides1/451. Banksy’s Shredding Art StuntPhoto Credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty ImagesIt was the stunt that stunned the art world. The Banksy painting ‘Girl with Balloon’ was passed through a shredder hidden in the frame just after it went under the hammer for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million, 1.2 million euros) at Sotheby’s auction house in London, England, October 12, 2018.2. Hurricane Michael Hits FloridaPhoto Credit: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty ImagesA woman is in tears as she surveys the damage to her home caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida on October 12, 2018. 3. Bird and DeerPhoto Credit: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty ImagesA bird rests on the head of a white-tailed deer roaming free in San Jose Villanueva, El Salvador, on May 21, 2018.4. France at the World CupPhoto Credit: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty ImagesFrench President Emmanuel Macron reacts during the 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia on July 15, 2018. 5. Mark Zuckerberg TestifiesPhoto Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. 6. Neymar Rolling at World CupPhoto Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty ImagesBrazil’s forward Neymar reacts after being tackled by Switzerland’s midfielder Valon Behrami during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don, Russia on June 17, 2018. 7. Frozen Niagara FallsPhoto Credit: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty ImagesAn observation point at the base of Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada is seen covered with ice on January 9, 2018, after a giant winter “bomb cyclone” walloped the US East Coast on January 5, 2018.8. North Korean Cheerleaders at Winter Olympics(Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)North Korean cheerleaders attend the pairs free figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, South Korea on February 15, 2018. 9. Rhino Notching in KenyaPhoto Credit: Yasuyoshi CHIBA/AFP/Getty ImagesA ranger from Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) tries to cover the eyes of female Southern white rhino, Elia, to calm her down after being shot a tranquilizer from a helicopter during a rhino ear notching exercise for identification at Meru National Park,Nairobi, Kenya, on April 5, 2018. 10. Mendocino Complex FirePhoto Credit: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty ImagesFifteen year-old Alex Schenck carries a water bucket while fighting to save his home as the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, tears down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 4, 2018. 11. Hurricane Florence Slams Into CarolinasPhoto Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesVolunteer Amber Hersel from the Civilian Crisis Response Team helps rescue 7-year-old Keiyana Cromartie and her family from their flooded home September 14, 2018 in James City, North Carolina. 12. Camp Fire Burns in CaliforniaPhoto Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesFlames from the Camp Fire burn near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California, on November 10, 2018. It’s the most destructive fire to hit California. 13. Paradise No MorePhoto Credit: Mason Trinca for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesA home destroyed in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California is seen on November 11, 2018. 14. ‘Black Panther’ Screens in KenyaPhoto Credit: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty ImagesCosplayers watch the film ‘Black Panther’ in 3D during a screening in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 14, 2018. 15. Migrant Boat CapsizesPhoto Credit: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty ImagesMembers of the Spanish organization Proactiva Open Arms rescue a Cameroonian migrant in the Mediterranean open sea about 85 miles off the Libyan coast on July 17, 2018. 16. Murmuration of StarlingsPhoto Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty ImagesAn image taken on January 22, 2018 shows a murmuration of starlings performing their traditional dance before landing to sleep near the southern Israeli city of Rahat, in the Negev desert. 17. Beached Whale in MexicoPhoto Credit: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty ImagesMen stand on a beached whale found dead in Rosarito, Baja California State, Mexico, on May 21, 2018.18. March for Lives Rally in Washington, DCPhoto Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesMarjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez (center) with other students during the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018. Galvanized by a massacre at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets in cities across the U.S. in the biggest protest for gun control in a generation. 19. Ski Resort in AfricaPhoto Credit: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty ImagesThis photo taken on July 11, 2018 shows Lesotho Kingdom ski resort Afriski, in the Maluti Mountains. It is Africa’s leading ski resort. 20. Cattle Camp in SudanPhoto Credit: Stefanie Glinksi/AFP/Getty ImagesA Sudanese man from Dinka tribe stands in the early morning at their cattle camp in Mingkaman, Lakes State, South Sudan, on March 3, 2018. During South Sudan’s dry season between December and May, pastoralists from the highlands move to the lowlands and close to the Nile, where they set up big cattle camps to make sure their animals are close to grazing land. 21. Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung Volcano EruptsPhoto Credit: Aanto Sembiring/AFP/Getty ImagesIndonesian schoolchildren walk together at Sipandak elementary school in Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra on February 19, 2018, as thick volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung volcano rises into the air following another eruption. 22. Aerial of Paradise, CaliforniaPhoto Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesIn this aerial photo, a burned neighborhood is seen in Paradise, California on November 15, 2018.23. Royal Wedding(Photo Credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty ImagesBritain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.24. Hurricane Florence from SpacePhoto Credit: NASA via Getty ImagesIn this NASA handout image taken by Astronaut Ricky Arnold from the ISS, Hurricane Florence is seen gaining strength in the Atlantic Ocean on September 10, 2018.25. The Holy FirePhoto Credit: Mark Rightmire/Orange County Register via Getty ImagesA plane drops fire retardant behind homes along McVicker Canyon Park Road in Lake Elsinore as the Holy Fire burned near homes on August 8, 2018. 26. Historic Korean Summit(Photo Credit: Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty ImagesNorth Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries ahead of their historic summit at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. 27. Yemen on the Brink of FaminePhoto Credit: Essa Ahmed/AFP/Getty ImagesBassem Mohamed Hassan, a two-year-old Yemeni boy suffering from malnutrition, has his weight measured at a hospital in the northern district of Abs in the northwestern Hajjah province on September 19, 2018. The three-year conflict between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and Huthi rebels linked to Iran, has pushed the already impoverished country to the brink of famine, leaving many unable to afford food and water, with a total of 5.2 million children at risk of starvation, according to the Britain-based NGO Save the Children. 28. An Inspiration from VenezuelaPhoto Credit: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty ImagesVenezuelan migrant and rap singer, Alfonso Mendoza aka “Alca,” performs in a bus in Barranquilla, Colombia on September 28, 2018. Alca, who was born without legs, swapped his wheelchair for a skateboard. An example for overcoming adversity, he practices extreme sports, raps, and gives motivational talks to young people in vulnerable situations.29. Selfie from MarsPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA’s InSight Mars lander, a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars, acquired this image using its robotic arm-mounted, Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) on November 28, 2018.30. Human Tower in SpainPhoto Credit: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty ImagesMembers of the ‘Colla Vella dels Xiquets de Valls’ human tower team form a ‘castell’ (human tower) winning the XXVII ‘castells’ competition in Tarragona, Spain on October 7, 2018. 31. Bridge Collapse in ItalyPhoto Credit: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty ImagesA truck stands on the edge of the collapsed Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa, Italy on August 14, 2018. About 30 people were killed when the giant motorway bridge collapsed in heavy rain in what the Italian government has called an “immense tragedy”. 32. Chili Pepper Eating ContestPhoto Credit: AFP/Getty ImagesThis photo taken on July 8, 2018 shows a contestant of a chili pepper eating competition in Ningxiang, Hunan province, China.The winner ate 50 chili peppers in one minute. 33. Celebrations as NASA’s InSight Lander Touches Down on MarsPhoto Credit: AL SEIB/AFP/Getty ImagesNASA engineers Kris Bruvold (L) and Sandy Krasner (R) react after the successful landing by the InSight spacecraft on the planet Mars from the Mission Support area in the Space Flight Operations facility at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California on November 26, 2018.34. New (Bigger!) iPhonesPhoto Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesTim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks during an Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, California on September 12, 2018. Apple announced new iPhones XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. 35. InSight’s First SelfiePhoto Credit: NASAhis is NASA InSight’s first full selfie on Mars. It displays the lander’s solar panels and deck. On top of the deck are its science instruments, weather sensor booms and UHF antenna. The selfie was taken on Dec. 6, 201836. Eel Gets Nosey With Monk SealPhoto Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Brittany DolanResearchers in Hawaii spotted a monk seal with an eel stuck up in its nostril.37. Major Discovery in EgyptPhoto Credit: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty ImagesThis picture taken on December 15, 2018 shows a view of a newly-discovered tomb belonging to the high priest “Wahtye” who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare (between 2500-2300 BC), at the Saqqara necropolis, 30 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital Cairo.38. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Reaches Space for the First TimePhoto Credit: Virgin GalacticVirgin Galactic’s first spaceflight, December 13, 2018.39. Trump Holds Listening Session With Students And Teachers On Mass ShootingsPhoto by Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesDonald Trump holds his notes while hosting a listening session with student survivors of mass shootings, their parents and teachers. The visible points included prompts such as “1. What would you most want me to know about your experience?” “2. What can we do to help you feel safe?” and “5. I hear you.” 40. Panda Versus CrowPhoto Credit: Feature China / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesA crow plucks fur off a panda’s back for its nest in a zoo on April 9, 2018 at the Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China.41. Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano EruptsPhoto Credit: Mario Tama/Getty ImagesPeople play golf as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 15, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. 42. Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey TestifyPhoto Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesFacebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which was holding a hearing about the foreign use of social media to influence US politics. Google had offered to send Kent Walker, its SVP of global affairs, but the committee declined, saying it wanted someone more senior. So Google did not offer anyone. Next to Sandberg and Dorsey was an empty chair, with a place card for Google. 43. Central Park’s Famous Mandarin DuckPhoto Credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty ImagesThe now-famous Mandarin duck, nicknamed “Mandarin Patinkin” floats on a pond in Central Park on November 30, 2018 in New York City.44. Arc De Triomphe Damaged During ProtestsPhoto Credit: Sathiri Kelpa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA statue at the Arc De Triomphe is damaged during a ‘Yellow Vest’ protest in Paris. Without any political affiliation, the Yellow Vest movement rallies in various cities in France against taxes and rising fuel prices. 45. Geminid Meteor ShowerPhoto Credit: Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesA meteor streaks across the night sky during the Geminid Meteor Shower over Harishchandra Fort on December 15, 2018 in Ahmednagar, India. More on Geek.com:40 Incredible Images of the Surface of MarsDrake and Ariana Grande are Spotify’s Most Streamed Artists of 2018Apple Reveals Most Popular iPhone Apps and Games of 2018last_img