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Image of the Day: Chick Check

By | September 15, 2015

Audubon Florida employees and volunteers erected wire fencing around this gravel rooftop, home to a nesting colony of least terns (Sternula antillarum) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, to prevent the chicks from falling over the edge.

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image: Image of the Day: Secret Seeds

Image of the Day: Secret Seeds

By | September 14, 2015

High-resolution, high-contrast X-rays (left) and traditional microscopy (right) reveal the tiny seeds concealed within these fruits.

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image: Image of the Day: Monkeying Around

Image of the Day: Monkeying Around

By | September 11, 2015

Common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) embyonic stem cells form a sphere before transitioning into young immature neural cells (green) and mature neurons (red); nuclei stained in blue.

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image: Image of the Day: Bristling Hunter

Image of the Day: Bristling Hunter

By | September 10, 2015

This green lynx spider (Peucetia viridans), with its matching coloration and spiny exterior, is well-disguised for ambushing prey on its chosen plant on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

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image: Image of the Day: Appetizing Algae

Image of the Day: Appetizing Algae

By | September 9, 2015

Trichoplax adhaerens, an animal with only six cell types and no nervous system, secretes digestive enzymes to break down microalgae (red) and then ingests the material.

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image: Image of the Day: Shrubby Starbursts

Image of the Day: Shrubby Starbursts

By | September 8, 2015

The star-shape tips on the leaf hairs of the “Pride of Rochester” shrub (Deutzia scabra), shown here with polarized light filtered through selenite, give its leaves a fine sandpaper-like texture.

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image: Image of the Day: Holding the Reins

Image of the Day: Holding the Reins

By | September 4, 2015

A young Australian pot-bellied seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis) emerges from its father's pouch.

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image: Image of the Day: Eggs in the Shell

Image of the Day: Eggs in the Shell

By | September 3, 2015

A false-color X-ray reveals approximately 30 eggs inside this snapping turtle specimen.

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image: Image of the Day: Prehistoric Predator

Image of the Day: Prehistoric Predator

By | September 2, 2015

An ancient, art-inspiring species of “sea scorpion” (Pentecopterus decorahensis) was recently unearthed in Iowa in more than 150 detailed fossil fragments, including this preserved appendage (scale bar = 1mm).

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image: Image of the Day: Tufted Transduction

Image of the Day: Tufted Transduction

By | September 1, 2015

These sensory hair cells from a domestic chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) turn sound vibrations into electrical signals that travel from the inner ear to the brain.

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