Fake girlfriends, robots, and algae suits. These are some of the best (and geekiest) tech pictures of the week.
The iPhone Photography Awards
In the few short years since its birth, smartphone photography has already reached critical mass. It used to be the case that a camera module on a phone was a curious anomaly rather than the rule, but now you would be hard pressed to find a mobile device without a lens on it somewhere.
The iPhone Photography Awards celebrate that coming of age, critically viewing mobile phone photos as art. This image is by Kim Hanskamp, who took first place in the 2013 People category. Scroll through the gallery for more images from the 2013 winners.
A lengthy mission to Mars would require the creation of a varied and nutritious menu for the otherworldly explorers. Researchers from Cornell University and the University of Hawaii recently solicited recipes in hopes of expanding the menu of suitable snacks for a long spaceflight.
Recipes for the Meals for Mars contest had to meet certain requirements. The crew posted a list of available ingredients, which included a healthy list of spices, freeze-dried fruits, canned meats, and cheese powders. They also requested that water be conserved, a challenge considering so many of the ingredients have to be reconstituted to make them usable.
Two U.K.-based artists have created what they're calling "Algaculture": a symbiotic "suit" made up of plastic tubes in which algae can grow, fed by light, allowing humans to feed via photosynthesis in a roundabout way.