Our picks for the week of May 2-6:


• Remember how your mom always told you not to stare at the sun? Well, we'd normally suggest following her advice (especially on Mother's Day weekend), but we'll make an exception for these 10 incredible solar photos.

• Speaking of Mother's Day, it's not too late to buy a gift — but you'd better hurry. For help, check out this list of Mother's Day gift ideas.

• Have high gas prices have soured you on road trips? Are you tired of long, invasive airport security checks? MNN blogger Chris Turner reveals how Spain may have created the perfect solution to long-distance travel.

• If you can afford a road trip or two this summer, however, here are 8 great scenic drives worth checking out. 

• In addition to your human mother, Mother Nature might appreciate a gift this Mother's Day, too. And if you're feeling generous, consider one of these 16 ways to reduce your plastic waste.

• If you're a cat owner, or know someone who is, chances are you've wound up on the wrong end of feline fangs at some point. MNN advice columnist Morieka Johnson tackles the age-old question: Why does my cat bite? (Hint: Don't take it personally.)

• This story has been generating lots of buzz this week: A generation of cicadas has arisen from a 13-year nap, serenading the U.S. South with a cacophony so loud some storm-weary residents have mistaken it for a tornado.

• A Purdue University sophomore has accidentally discovered an unknown virus buried in ancient cave mud, but it's not as scary as it sounds. In fact, it might even turn out to be a medical miracle.

• Come to think of it, that virus might have been hiding from us in that cave. After all, humans don't exactly have a great track record when it comes to conserving nature — as illustrated by these 13 animals hunted to extinction.

Prince Edward Island may be Canada's smallest province, but it's got some big ideas about sustainability. MNN takes a closer look for this week's Destination of the Week.

PLUS: Don't miss the week in photos. Have a great week.

(Photo: rfc1036/Flickr)