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Image of the Day: Prey Perception

By | January 18, 2016

These 3-D glasses are helping scientists understand how mantises use stereopsis—3-D perception—when hunting.

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image: Image of the Day: Sensory Straw

Image of the Day: Sensory Straw

By | January 15, 2016

A moth's proboscis—a long, hollow feeding tube—is covered in tiny chemo- and mechanosensitive hairs.

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image: Image of the Day: Pretty Polyps

Image of the Day: Pretty Polyps

By | January 14, 2016

The stony twists and turns of this giant brain coral (Colpophyllia natans) are formed by a colony of polyps that secrete calcium carbonate.

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image: Image of the Day: Microscopic Mosaic

Image of the Day: Microscopic Mosaic

By | January 13, 2016

This non-motile diatoma type of algaegets its energy from light via photosynthesis and measures just 213 micrometers across.

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image: Image of the Day: Adder Ambush

Image of the Day: Adder Ambush

By | January 12, 2016

A desert adder (Bitis peringueyi) lies camouflaged in the Namibian sand, waiting for small reptilian prey to approach.

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image: Image of the Day: Freaky Faces

Image of the Day: Freaky Faces

By | January 11, 2016

The vascular bundles of papyrus, shown here in a cross-section lit by differential interference contrast microscopy, transport water and nutrients around the plant.

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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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