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image: Image of the Day: Spotty Skin

Image of the Day: Spotty Skin

By | February 3, 2016

Pigment-containing cells called chromatophores allow squid to change their skin color rapidly to blend into their environments and communicate.

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image: Image of the Day: Raking It In

Image of the Day: Raking It In

By | February 2, 2016

Barnacles use these appendages, imaged here using confocal microscopy, to sweep passing plankton into their shells.

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image: Image of the Day: Gone Fishing

Image of the Day: Gone Fishing

By | February 1, 2016

A Bryde's whale, having just gulped a mouthful of sardines, swims through a feeding frenzy off the coast of South Africa.

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image: Image of the Day: Taste Tubes

Image of the Day: Taste Tubes

By | January 29, 2016

The blowfly (Calliphora vomitoria) uses its mouthparts—known as pseudo trachea—to suck up liquefied food.

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image: Image of the Day: Lickety-Split

Image of the Day: Lickety-Split

By | January 28, 2016

The cells in this cross section of a poplar tree have been genetically modified to divide more quickly.

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image: Image of the Day: Horseshoe Bat Huddle

Image of the Day: Horseshoe Bat Huddle

By | January 27, 2016

The light-shy lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) is one of several species whose flight routes are thought to be affected by light pollution.

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image: Image of the Day: Painted Panels

Image of the Day: Painted Panels

By | January 26, 2016

These iridescent scales belong to a great purple hairstreak butterfly (Atlides halesus).

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image: Image of the Day: Seeing Spots

Image of the Day: Seeing Spots

By | January 25, 2016

A look at the developing fruit fly eye (posterior on the right)

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image: Image of the Day: Colorful Capsules

Image of the Day: Colorful Capsules

By | January 22, 2016

These shiny chrysalises contain pupae of the common crow butterfly, hours from hatching.

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image: Image of the Day: Protective Parent

Image of the Day: Protective Parent

By | January 21, 2016

A polychaete worm, just under 3 cm long, lays large yellow eggs into “brood tubes” made from secreted mucus.

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