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image: Image of the Day: Rare Fly

Image of the Day: Rare Fly

By | May 8, 2015

The first (and until recently, last) time the vinegar fly (Drosophila gentica) was collected was in 1954 in El Salvador. D. gentica was the second-most common fruit fly species caught in 30 traps placed in Los Angeles backyards as part of a 2014 citizen science project.

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image: Image of the Day: Mucus Meadows

Image of the Day: Mucus Meadows

By | May 7, 2015

A blanket of grass-like cilia and mucus, which make up the textured surface inside human lungs, is shown in a cell culture image captured with an environmental scanning electron microscope.

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image: Image of the Day: Penis Worm Teeth

Image of the Day: Penis Worm Teeth

By | May 6, 2015

500-million-year-old fossils of the carnivorous penis worm (Ottoia), a burrowing marine animal named for its shape, contain a variety of tiny, scaly teeth.

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image: Image of the Day: Bungee Nerves

Image of the Day: Bungee Nerves

By | May 5, 2015

Rorqual whales have unusually stretchy neurons in their mouths and tongues that allow the animals to feed by filtering gulps of water greater than the volumes of their bodies.

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image: Image of the Day: Bat Brains

Image of the Day: Bat Brains

By | May 4, 2015

Bat sensory neurons respond to touch and airflow signals to help control the animals’ wing position for efficient flying.

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image: Image of the Day: Vibrant Fruit

Image of the Day: Vibrant Fruit

By | May 1, 2015

Psammisia sophiae is one of five new blueberry relatives recently discovered in Colombia, adding to the hundreds of known species that grow there.

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image: Image of Day: Belize Bug

Image of Day: Belize Bug

By | April 30, 2015

Researchers recently discovered a new species of creeping water bug, Ambrysus cayo, in a Belizean stream.

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image: Image of the Day: Shapely Orchids

Image of the Day: Shapely Orchids

By | April 29, 2015

Two competing groups of proteins help determine the shape of an orchid’s lip petal.

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image: Image of the Day: Inside Out

Image of the Day: Inside Out

By | April 28, 2015

During a stage of development similar to animal gastrulation, algal embryos are turned inside out as part of a process scientists have now filmed in 3-D for the first time.

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image: Image of the Day: Pocket Shark

Image of the Day: Pocket Shark

By | April 27, 2015

Researchers sampling deep ocean waters off the Louisiana coast in 2010 found this five-and-a-half-inch-long pocket shark (Mollisquama sp.), which is named for a hole behind its pectoral fin and represents only the second known specimen of its genus.

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