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image: Image of the Day: 'Goose Bump' Muscles

Image of the Day: 'Goose Bump' Muscles

By | February 5, 2013

Mouse hair follicles (green/blue) and the arrector pili muscles (red/pink) that pull hair upright in cold weather to produce ‘goose bumps’

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image: Image of the Day: Sniffing Slug

Image of the Day: Sniffing Slug

By | February 4, 2013

The horn-like rhinophores on this spotted sea slug (Phyllidiopsis papilligera) are chemoreceptors that allow it to "smell" dissolved chemicals in the water and locate food sources.

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image: Image of the Day: Division Dance

Image of the Day: Division Dance

By | February 1, 2013

A time-lapse, confocal micrograph captures the swirled cell division of a (HeLa) cancer cell with its cell membrane shown in cyan and DNA in red.

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image: Image of the Day: Kissing Fish

Image of the Day: Kissing Fish

By | January 31, 2013

Though it’s considered to be the second most poisonous vertebrate in the world, this puffer fish (Arothron hispidus) seems harmless enough, kissing a camera lens off the coast of Hawaii.

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image: Image of the Day: Bastard Hogberry

Image of the Day: Bastard Hogberry

By | January 30, 2013

The fruit of the South American tropical plant, Margaritaria nobilis, commonly called "bastard hogberry" (shown here floating in water) changes its apparent color and has inspired a new type of photonic fiber.

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image: Image of the Day: Red Mahogany

Image of the Day: Red Mahogany

By | January 29, 2013

A tangential slice of mahogany wood (Swietenia macrophylla), shown using a bright field micrograph

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image: Image of the Day: Desert Rose

Image of the Day: Desert Rose

By | January 28, 2013

The white Mexican rose, Echeveria elegans, is a water-storing, evergreen perennial with tight rosettes that bear yellow-tipped, pink flowers in the winter and spring.

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image: Image of the Day: Menacing Moth Fly

Image of the Day: Menacing Moth Fly

By | January 25, 2013

This scanning electron micrograph shows a hostile looking moth fly (Psychodidae), also known as a drain fly for their penchant for swarming bathroom sinks and other damp places.

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image: Image of the Day: Model Flower

Image of the Day: Model Flower

By | January 24, 2013

The model organism Arabidopsis thaliana flaunts its flower in this confocal micrograph, showing its membranes dyed red and DNA stained blue.

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image: Image of the Day: Horsefly Claw

Image of the Day: Horsefly Claw

By | January 23, 2013

Above a delicate tarsal pad, the menacing tarsal claws and fine, hooked hairs allow the horsefly (Tabanus sulcifrons) to grip and hold onto animal fur.

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