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image: Image of the Day: Caught Red-Handed

Image of the Day: Caught Red-Handed

By | April 21, 2014

The red palm mite (Raoiella indica) is a pest of several species of palm in the Middle East and Southeast Asia and is now invading the Caribbean.

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image: Image of the Day: Coral Colonists

Image of the Day: Coral Colonists

By | April 18, 2014

Acropora coral on World War II wreckage in Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia

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image: Image of the Day: Tenacious Larvae

Image of the Day: Tenacious Larvae

By | April 17, 2014

The suckers on the abdomens of larvael net-winged midges (Diptera Blephariceridae) help them cling to rocks in the fast flowing rivers where they live.

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image: Image of the Day: Solitary Snacker

Image of the Day: Solitary Snacker

By | April 16, 2014

Unlike its infamous relatives, the egyptian locust (Anacridium aegyptium) does not swarm and is harmless to crops.

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image: Image of the Day: Deadly Fan Dance

Image of the Day: Deadly Fan Dance

By | April 15, 2014

Spores released from the fan-shaped fruiting body of the Moniliophthora perniciosa mushroom can infect cacao trees and destroy their pods.

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image: Image of the Day: Fuzzy Bulwark

Image of the Day: Fuzzy Bulwark

By | April 14, 2014

The impressive hairs on the Pale Tussock caterpillar (Calliteara pudibunda) are a defense against predators and can cause an itchy rash.

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image: Image of the Day: Rodent Retina

Image of the Day: Rodent Retina

By | April 11, 2014

The nerve fiber layer of a mouse retina: glial cells are green, ganglion DNA and RNA are orange, optic nerve fibers are red, and actin in blood vessels is blue.

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image: Image of the Day: Shrimpy Spectrum

Image of the Day: Shrimpy Spectrum

By | April 10, 2014

Even though the eye-catching mantis shrimp has 12 different color receptor cones (compared to humans' three for red, blue, and green), it may be worse at discerning colors.

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image: Image of the Day: Mitotic Mouse Cells

Image of the Day: Mitotic Mouse Cells

By | April 9, 2014

Embryonic mouse kidney tubule cells move through phases of mitosis at different rates. Yellow indicates mitotic division, red indicates cells moving from G1- (cell growth) to S-phase (DNA duplication).

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image: Image of the Day: School of Rock

Image of the Day: School of Rock

By | April 8, 2014

Fossilized fish from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's collection.

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