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image: Image of the Day: Conspicuous Camouflage

Image of the Day: Conspicuous Camouflage

By | July 2, 2014

A male Knysna dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion damaranum) looks mostly green to the human eye, but very different to a chameleon. The bright colors may have evolved as social signs of dominance rather than as camouflage to avoid predation.

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image: Image of the Day: Tumor Trigger

Image of the Day: Tumor Trigger

By | July 1, 2014

Simian virus 40 can cause cancer in some animals such as hamsters, but studies suggest it is not oncogenic in humans.

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image: Image of the Day: Frosty Frontier

Image of the Day: Frosty Frontier

By | June 30, 2014

Despite the green hues in this satellite snapshot, Canada's frigid, rocky Belcher Islands can only support a sprinkle of low-growing plants.

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image: Image of the Day: Hoo’s There?

Image of the Day: Hoo’s There?

By | June 27, 2014

A female great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) in Thornwell, Louisiana, looks out from her nest.

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image: Image of the Day: Mold Muster

Image of the Day: Mold Muster

By | June 26, 2014

Slime molds like this one are often single-celled, amorphous organisms that unite to form a multicellular, stalked fruiting body to reproduce.

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image: Image of the Day: Cerebral Connections

Image of the Day: Cerebral Connections

By | June 25, 2014

The human brain visualized using diffusion tensor imaging data, a technique that measures the restricted diffusion of water in a tissue. U-shaped neural fibers that link the two hemispheres are seen bending toward the top, and fibers descending toward the spine are in blue.

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image: Image of the Day: Colossal Cacti

Image of the Day: Colossal Cacti

By | June 24, 2014

Prickly pear (Opuntia echios) plants on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galápagos can grow as tall as 12 feet to 20 feet, where they can't be reached by giant tortoises.

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image: Image of the Day: A Bird in Hand

Image of the Day: A Bird in Hand

By | June 23, 2014

A clapper rail (Rallus longirostris) in Arrowhead Marsh, California, undergoes an annual exam as part of a study that aims to protect the birds’ habitat from invasive species.

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image: Image of the Day: Fish-eating Spiders

Image of the Day: Fish-eating Spiders

By | June 20, 2014

More than a dozen of these semi-aquatic spider species can capture and eat fish twice their own size.

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image: Image of the Day: Murderous Microbe

Image of the Day: Murderous Microbe

By | June 19, 2014

Bacterial pathogen methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA (pictured in red), destroys human immune cells (debris in yellow).

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