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image: Image of the Day: Colossal Cacti

Image of the Day: Colossal Cacti

By | June 24, 2014

Prickly pear (Opuntia echios) plants on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galápagos can grow as tall as 12 feet to 20 feet, where they can't be reached by giant tortoises.

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image: Image of the Day: A Bird in Hand

Image of the Day: A Bird in Hand

By | June 23, 2014

A clapper rail (Rallus longirostris) in Arrowhead Marsh, California, undergoes an annual exam as part of a study that aims to protect the birds’ habitat from invasive species.

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image: Image of the Day: Fish-eating Spiders

Image of the Day: Fish-eating Spiders

By | June 20, 2014

More than a dozen of these semi-aquatic spider species can capture and eat fish twice their own size.

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image: Image of the Day: Murderous Microbe

Image of the Day: Murderous Microbe

By | June 19, 2014

Bacterial pathogen methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA (pictured in red), destroys human immune cells (debris in yellow).

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image: Image of the Day: Deep Sea Sailors

Image of the Day: Deep Sea Sailors

By | June 18, 2014

The ocean-dwelling siphonophore (Marrus orthocanna) is a colony of many individuals, each of which performs a specialized task, such as swimming, feeding, or reproduction.

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image: Image of the Day: Flamboyant Freeloader

Image of the Day: Flamboyant Freeloader

By | June 17, 2014

Despite its bright colors, the parasitic cuckoo wasp (Chrysis propria) adeptly camouflages its eggs in the nests of other wasps.

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image: Image of the Day: Sea Turtle Sprint

Image of the Day: Sea Turtle Sprint

By | June 16, 2014

Hatchlings of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), a threatened species, make a dash for the ocean at Core Banks, North Carolina.

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image: Image of the Day: Intestinal Invaders

Image of the Day: Intestinal Invaders

By | June 13, 2014

A gerbil’s intestinal mucosa is lined in Giardia trophozoites, which cause the intestinal infection, giardiasis.

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image: Image of the Day: Scorched Sludge

Image of the Day: Scorched Sludge

By | June 12, 2014

Remnants of agricultural sludge that's been burned to analyze its chemical makeup. The brown rods are calcium carbonate and the purple, pink, and green clusters are silver oxide, a byproduct of the analysis.

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image: Image of the Day: Angling for Invasives

Image of the Day: Angling for Invasives

By | June 11, 2014

A park ranger at Mexico's Banco Chinchorro spies an invasive lionfish (Pterois).

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