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image: Image of the Day: Palm Seed

Image of the Day: Palm Seed

By | June 17, 2013

The seeds of the Coco de Mer palm tree, which is endemic to the Seychelles islands, weigh in at up to 45 pounds and require 8 years to mature and germinate.

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image: Image of the Day: Ragweed Pollen

Image of the Day: Ragweed Pollen

By | June 14, 2013

Small pollen grains are visible in this scanning electron micrograph of the ragweed plant. 

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image: Image of the Day: Mushroom Spores

Image of the Day: Mushroom Spores

By | June 13, 2013

The pitted surface of the spores of Austroboletus mutabilis helps distinguish it from other mushroom species.

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image: Image of the Day: Butterfly Proboscis

Image of the Day: Butterfly Proboscis

By | June 12, 2013

Hydrophilic chemosensilla projecting from the Viceroy butterfly's proboscis help the insect wet the appendage and probe the chemical nature of its food.

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image: Image of the Day: HIV

Image of the Day: HIV

By | June 11, 2013

False-colored scanning electron micrograph of HIV particles (yellow) infecting a human H9 T cell (blue, turquoise)

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image: Image of the Day: Sticky Fish

Image of the Day: Sticky Fish

By | June 10, 2013

Remoras use sucking discs derived from dorsal fins to attach themselves to other marine animals or the hulls of ships.

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image: Image of the Day: Lumpy Cell

Image of the Day: Lumpy Cell

By | June 7, 2013

A malaria parasite-infected red blood cell (colored blue) is covered in small bumps while healthy red blood cells around it have smooth surfaces.

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image: Image of the Day: Abundant Eyes

Image of the Day: Abundant Eyes

By | June 6, 2013

The jumping spider has eight eyes, including four appearing prominently in a row on the front of its head.

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image: Image of the Day: Bubonic Plague

Image of the Day: Bubonic Plague

By | June 5, 2013

The plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis (yellow) adheres to spines (purple) on the inside of a flea's digestive tract.

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image: Image of the Day: Fancy Bird

Image of the Day: Fancy Bird

By | June 4, 2013

A frillback pigeon, bred to have curled feathers

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