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image: Image of the Day: Blue Bloods

Image of the Day: Blue Bloods

By | March 3, 2014

Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) blue blood (the color is caused by copper-based hemocyanin) being harvested to create a contaminant test, LAL, used by pharmaceutical companies

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image: Image of the Day: Trojan Vacuole

Image of the Day: Trojan Vacuole

By | February 28, 2014

Coxiella burnetii, the bacteria that cause Q fever, hide inside a vacuole of a Vero cell.

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image: Image of the Day: Indigo Gills

Image of the Day: Indigo Gills

By | February 27, 2014

The rare indigo milk cap (Lactarius indigo) sports brilliant blue gills.

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image: Image of the Day: Leafy Slug

Image of the Day: Leafy Slug

By | February 26, 2014

The eastern emerald elysia (Elysia chlorotica) is a sea slug that steals and absorbs chloroplasts from the algae it eats, a behavior called kleptoplasty.

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image: Image of the Day: Demon Ant

Image of the Day: Demon Ant

By | February 25, 2014

Named after the ancient Mayan demon, Zipacna, Eurhopalothrix zipacna is one of 33 new species of predatory ants discovered in Central America and the Caribbean in 2013.

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image: Image of the Day: Leaf Me Alone

Image of the Day: Leaf Me Alone

By | February 24, 2014

The veined green wings of the two-striped planthopper (Acanalonia bivittata) help the insect avoid being eaten.

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image: Image of the Day: Cellular Connection

Image of the Day: Cellular Connection

By | February 21, 2014

Two mesothelioma cells pass cellular contents back and forth through a cytoplasmic extension called a tunneling nanotube.

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image: Image of the Day: Ready for Takeoff

Image of the Day: Ready for Takeoff

By | February 20, 2014

Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica) run across the ocean's surface while flapping their wings to launch themselves into the air.

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image: Image of the Day: Lonely Muscles

Image of the Day: Lonely Muscles

By | February 19, 2014

In a zebrafish mutant for one cell-surface receptor, myocytes do not fuse, but instead remain single cells with membranes labeled in white and nuclei in red.

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image: Image of the Day: Apoptotic Cell

Image of the Day: Apoptotic Cell

By | February 18, 2014

As HeLa cells die, they produce characteristic spikes and rounded blebs from their surfaces.

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