Our picks for the week of July 4-10: 

• The heat of summer is on, but there is on upside: a vegetable bonanza. Here are eight simple recipes with a seasonal summer twist. 
• Summer is also a time to gaze at the sky. Most of us don't live at the right latitude to view these eight amazing auroras, but you can enjoy them here.
• Here's a gallery of the 10 worst forms of pollution and what they do to our planet.

• With rumors flying about Google's much-anticipated Facebook killer, there's much speculation on the web about the company's ability to pull it off. Our tech blogger says yes, and here's why. 

• My family vacation suddenly turned into a staycation. What now? Our expert offers ideas for salvaging the time off.

• Read about a controversial drug being used in the womb to prevent homosexuality in girls. 

• Meanwhile our auto blogger talks to Jeff Goodell, author of "How to Cool the Planet", about geoengineering — everything from artificial volcanoes to Special K.

• This week's celebrity roundup checks in with Piper Perabo, Emily Rose and Angie Harmon.

• Here's another timely question for the experts: What can I do to prevent power outages during a heat wave? 

• Hold onto your hat: BMW's first electric car, the Megacity Vehicle, is coming in 2013.

Plus: Don't miss the week in the photos, including the image above, which sums up the ongoing Gulf oil spill and the irony of Independence Day all too well.