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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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image: Image of the Day: Sea Serpents

Image of the Day: Sea Serpents

By | December 22, 2015

These short-nosed seasnakes (Aipysurus apraefrontalis), a species previously thought extinct, were photographed courting off the coast of Western Australia.

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image: Image of the Day: Iridescent Infection

Image of the Day: Iridescent Infection

By | December 21, 2015

Trypanosoma cruzi parasites (green), the cause of Chagas disease, multiply in mouse cardiac muscle cells (red) after infection.

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image: Image of the Day: Ancient Angiosperm

Image of the Day: Ancient Angiosperm

By | December 18, 2015

This virtual reconstruction of a seed from the Early Cretaceous is based on the embryo and nutrient storage structures preserved in a fossil.

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image: Image of the Day: Shiny Neuron

Image of the Day: Shiny Neuron

By | December 17, 2015

Researchers labeled these dendrites from a grasshopper (Schistocerca americana) neuron with silver and visualized them under a confocal laser scanning microscope.

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image: Image of the Day: Rasping Radula

Image of the Day: Rasping Radula

By | December 16, 2015

A limpet’s tongue-like radula has chitonous “teeth” structures used to scrape up algae.

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image: Image of the Day: Birefractive Blood

Image of the Day: Birefractive Blood

By | December 15, 2015

As a diagnostic tool, birefringence relies on scattering polarized light off treated blood to create images like this one from an Ebola-infected sample.

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