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image: Image of the Day: Lipid Lasers

Image of the Day: Lipid Lasers

By | July 28, 2015

Dyed oil droplets (yellow) inserted into fat cells respond to pulses of light by emitting focused beams, turning the cells into tiny “lasers” (cell nuclei shown in light blue; collagen shown in dark blue).

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image: Image of the Day: Sticky Feet

Image of the Day: Sticky Feet

By | July 27, 2015

This confocal micrograph reveals the adhesive pad on the foreleg of a ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) at 20× magnification.

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image: Image of the Day: Hair Ice

Image of the Day: Hair Ice

By | July 24, 2015

Fungus living on dead wood allows fine, silky strands of ice to form “hairy” arrangements, like the one shown here.

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image: Image of the Day: Ancient Cereals

Image of the Day: Ancient Cereals

By | July 23, 2015

These 23,000-year-old remains of wild barley are part of a collection from the shore of the Sea of Galilee representing the earliest evidence of humans’ attempts to cultivate grains.

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image: Image of the Day: Glimmering Cave

Image of the Day: Glimmering Cave

By | July 22, 2015

This cave in Lava Beds National Monument appears to shimmer because of water beading up on the hydrophobic actinomycetes coating its surface.

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image: Image of the Day: Molting Cicada

Image of the Day: Molting Cicada

By | July 21, 2015

Photographers found this cicada emerging from its old exoskeleton in central North Carolina last week.

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image: Image of the Day: Picturing Pumas

Image of the Day: Picturing Pumas

By | July 20, 2015

This puma, photographed by a camera trap, is one of many species whose numbers are dwindling on the islands formed by the creation of the Balbina Lake in Brazil.

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image: Image of the Day: Coral Bones

Image of the Day: Coral Bones

By | July 17, 2015

This scanning electron micrograph shows the aragonite calcium-carbonate skeleton of the recently discovered coral species, Nanipora kamurai.

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image: Image of the Day: Intracellular Portrait

Image of the Day: Intracellular Portrait

By | July 16, 2015

This three-panel watercolor painting depicts the inner molecular workings of a macrophage nucleus (left), pseudopodia (center top), and a bacterium the cell is about to engulf (bottom right).

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image: Image of the Day: Spatial Patterning

Image of the Day: Spatial Patterning

By | July 15, 2015

Human induced pluripotent stem cells can be pushed toward different fates (pink versus blue) depending on their positions within a confined space.

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