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image: Image of the Day: Sea Star Nursery

Image of the Day: Sea Star Nursery

By | February 27, 2015

Trophodiscus almus, a sea star that lives in Japanese waters, raises its young among the spines on its back, lending it the Japanese name komochi-momiji, meaning “starfish with babies.”

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image: Image of the Day: Moss Capsule

Image of the Day: Moss Capsule

By | February 26, 2015

This environmental electron scanning microscope image shows a moss capsule’s tooth-like structures known as peristomes, which open to release spores in dry conditions.

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image: Image of the Day: See-Through Fish

Image of the Day: See-Through Fish

By | February 25, 2015

Researchers stained the bones of the scalyhead sculpin (Artedius harringoni) red, its cartilage blue, and made the rest of the fish transparent to study its biomechanics.

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image: Image of the Day: Caterpillar Close-up

Image of the Day: Caterpillar Close-up

By | February 24, 2015

A caterpillar's stubby prolegs contain a circle of gripping hooks (red) known as “crochets.”

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image: Image of the Day: Cell Invasion

Image of the Day: Cell Invasion

By | February 23, 2015

Before two cells merge, one invades the other, generating tension that drives fusion pores to open.

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image: Image of the Day: Backpack Tracker

Image of the Day: Backpack Tracker

By | February 20, 2015

Researchers have designed a GPS parrot tracker that is covered in nibble-proof white plastic and can be strapped to the backs of keas (Nestor notabilis).

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image: Image of the Day: Nifty Nudibranch

Image of the Day: Nifty Nudibranch

By | February 19, 2015

A royal sea goddess nudibranch (Felimare picta) grazes for sponges at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary near Savannah, Georgia.

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image: Image of the Day: Adriatic Seashells

Image of the Day: Adriatic Seashells

By | February 18, 2015

Modern shellfish from Italy’s Po basin, south of Venice, are similar to those from 125,000-year-old sediments.

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image: Image of the Day: Fearful Felines

Image of the Day: Fearful Felines

By | February 17, 2015

Apparent fear of human settlements prevents pumas from returning to kills to finish eating their prey, leading female cats to kill more.

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image: Image of the Day: Elegant Enamel

Image of the Day: Elegant Enamel

By | February 16, 2015

A scanning electron microscope image of a rat incisor's enamel shows an intricate lattice of calcium phosphate "nanowires" and metal ions that protects the tooth.

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