Today we are starting a new feature on the Scientific American Blog Network.

If you go to the Blogs homepage you will see on the right side of the aggregator two new blocks (on other pages on the network, these two blocks are a little bit lower on the right side-bar). One is Image of the Week and the other is Video of the Week. If you click on either one of these two blocks/images, you will be taken to a blog post that will give you more information about the image/video, the source, and why it was chosen.

We are rolling out this feature today, but in the future the new Image will be announced on Mondays, and the new Video on Wednesdays each week.

The chosen images and videos first appeared somewhere on the network, on one of our blogs. Some images and videos will actually produced by our bloggers, while others are produced by others but discussed (and credited) by our bloggers.

The choice of the Image of the Week comes from Glendon Mellow, Kalliopi Monoyios (both of Symbiartic blog) and Alex Wild (Compound Eye), with input from the other bloggers on the network, as well as you, in the comments on their blogs.

The video will be chosen by Carin Bondar, Joanne Manaster (both at PsiVid blog) and Jennifer Ouellette (Cocktail Party Physics), with input from the other bloggers on the network, as well as you, in the comments on their blogs.

So, click on the images and they will take you to either Image of the Week #1, July 25, 2011 or Video of the Week #1, July 25, 2011.

Enjoy!