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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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image: Image of the Day: Ocular Ocelloid

Image of the Day: Ocular Ocelloid

By | July 8, 2015

This transmission electron micrograph shows a cross section of the single-celled plankton Warnowiid dinoflagellate's eye-like ocelloid.

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image: Image of the Day: Grain Gain

Image of the Day: Grain Gain

By | July 7, 2015

A gene variant that increases the quality of rice is associated with longer, more slender grains (right) than a more mediocre rice variety (left).

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image: Image of the Day: Nanoplankton Kaleidoscope

Image of the Day: Nanoplankton Kaleidoscope

By | July 6, 2015

This false-colored scanning electron micrograph shows a collection of calcareous nanoplankton.

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image: Image of the Day: School’s in for Summer

Image of the Day: School’s in for Summer

By | July 3, 2015

A school of Tomtate Grunt (Haemulon aurolineatum) swims around red branched coral off the North Carolina coast.

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image: Image of the Day: Communication Breakdown

Image of the Day: Communication Breakdown

By | July 2, 2015

This image shows neuromuscular junctions (red) in the muscle nerve cells (green) of a mouse with deterioration at these sites of nerve-muscle cell communication.

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image: Image of the Day: Cambrian Worm

Image of the Day: Cambrian Worm

By | July 1, 2015

This fossilized lobopodian (Collinsium ciliosum) found in a Cambrian deposit in South China had many specialized appendages, including strong dorsal spines that may have served as protective armor.

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