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By | December 20, 2012

This false-colored confocal micrograph shows a cluster of spore-filled sporangia with specialized protective hairs called paraphyses from the fern Polypodium virginianum.

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Image of the Day

By | December 19, 2012

When bushcrickets mate, the male attaches a sticky, protein-rich package called the spermatophore to the female's abdomen, which provides a snack and some sperm for later.

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Image of the Day

By | December 18, 2012

Red algae (Scagelia), adorned with reproductive tetraspores and golden diatoms

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Image of the Day

By | December 17, 2012

Red blood cells show off their biconcave disc shape in this scanning electron micrograph.

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By | December 14, 2012

A maize mutant that can't produce brassinosteroids—a plant hormone—develops female kernels where male tassel flowers would normally occur.

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Image of the Day

By | December 13, 2012

With legs that resemble flower petals, the Malaysian orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) blends in perfectly with its floral platforms, catching its insect prey off-guard.

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Image of the Day

By | December 12, 2012

The biting, parasitic lousefly (Crataerina pallida) spends its entire life on its host, the common swift (Apus apus).

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Image of the Day

By | December 11, 2012

Red, fluorescent algae surround the green polyps of the coral, Montastraea annularis.

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Image of the Day

By | December 10, 2012

Due to warming climates, the glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum) now flowers before the arrival of migratory hummingbirds that depend on their nectar.  

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Image of the Day

By | December 7, 2012

Blood vessels (arteries in green and veins in red) in the retina of a healthy mouse are helping researchers study the proteins that make up the blood-brain barrier.

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