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image: Image of the Day: Glimmering Cave

Image of the Day: Glimmering Cave

By | July 22, 2015

This cave in Lava Beds National Monument appears to shimmer because of water beading up on the hydrophobic actinomycetes coating its surface.

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image: Image of the Day: Molting Cicada

Image of the Day: Molting Cicada

By | July 21, 2015

Photographers found this cicada emerging from its old exoskeleton in central North Carolina last week.

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image: Image of the Day: Picturing Pumas

Image of the Day: Picturing Pumas

By | July 20, 2015

This puma, photographed by a camera trap, is one of many species whose numbers are dwindling on the islands formed by the creation of the Balbina Lake in Brazil.

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image: Image of the Day: Coral Bones

Image of the Day: Coral Bones

By | July 17, 2015

This scanning electron micrograph shows the aragonite calcium-carbonate skeleton of the recently discovered coral species, Nanipora kamurai.

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image: Image of the Day: Intracellular Portrait

Image of the Day: Intracellular Portrait

By | July 16, 2015

This three-panel watercolor painting depicts the inner molecular workings of a macrophage nucleus (left), pseudopodia (center top), and a bacterium the cell is about to engulf (bottom right).

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image: Image of the Day: Spatial Patterning

Image of the Day: Spatial Patterning

By | July 15, 2015

Human induced pluripotent stem cells can be pushed toward different fates (pink versus blue) depending on their positions within a confined space.

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image: Image of the Day: Incredible Edible Corn

Image of the Day: Incredible Edible Corn

By | July 14, 2015

It took about 9,000 years and alterations in six genetic pathways to transform the inedible grass teosinte (left) into the corn we eat today (right). (Center: a first generation hybrid between teosinte and corn)

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image: Image of the Day: Fly Brain

Image of the Day: Fly Brain

By | July 13, 2015

This image shows fluorescently-labelled neurons involved in perceiving a taste pheromone within the brain of a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster).

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image: Image of the Day: Innervated Artwork

Image of the Day: Innervated Artwork

By | July 10, 2015

This gold leaf and dye depiction of glial cells (yellow) and blood vessels (green) was created by artist and neuroscientist Gregory Dunn, whose artwork is now being featured in the exhibit “Mind Illuminated”  at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.

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image: Image of the Day: Tick Check

Image of the Day: Tick Check

By | July 9, 2015

The American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), which transmits the bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever, can be found in more than half of the US. This one was found in Maryland.

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