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image: Image of the Day: Tortoiseshell Twists

Image of the Day: Tortoiseshell Twists

By | January 8, 2016

A close-up of the underside of a plate from a deceased turtle’s shell, showing white spirals made by turtle skin against a keratin background.

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image: Image of the Day: Blossoming Bouquet

Image of the Day: Blossoming Bouquet

By | January 7, 2016

Fluorapatite, a phosphate mineral that helps prevent decay in tooth enamel, grows on a protein-coated substrate in this artificially colored micrograph.

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image: Image of the Day: Safety in Numbers

Image of the Day: Safety in Numbers

By | January 6, 2016

Schooling clupeid fish part to avoid a young blacktip reef shark as it swims around a reef in the Maldives.

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image: Image of the Day: Fluorescent Flare

Image of the Day: Fluorescent Flare

By | January 5, 2016

When this engineered colony of E. coli reaches a certain density, the bacteria release a burst of fluorescent protein.

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image: Image of the Day: Stem Cell Shift

Image of the Day: Stem Cell Shift

By | January 4, 2016

In a larval fruit fly’s brain, neural stem cells lacking the Eyeless enzyme can overproliferate (green) and create tumors.

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image: Image of the Day: Thermal Cell

Image of the Day: Thermal Cell

By | December 31, 2015

Researchers observed a human endothelial cell under standard phase contrast microscopy (left) and thermal imaging using a laser probe on a titanium film (right).

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image: Image of the Day: Pouncing Hunter

Image of the Day: Pouncing Hunter

By | December 30, 2015

A red fox (Vulpes vulpes) leaps toward a meal after hearing it beneath the snow in Colorado.

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image: Image of the Day: Little Lilypad

Image of the Day: Little Lilypad

By | December 29, 2015

This cross-section of a yellow water lily (Nuphar lutea) leaf bud shows the two sides of the leaf waiting to unfurl.

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image: Image of the Day: O Christmas Bee

Image of the Day: O Christmas Bee

By | December 24, 2015

This American bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus) specimen was captured in Virginia and decked out for the holidays.

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image: Image of the Day: Playing Defense

Image of the Day: Playing Defense

By | December 23, 2015

Virus-like particles (purple) bud from the oviduct cells of a parasitoid wasp (Venturia canescens) to eventually shield the eggs from a host’s immune response.

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