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Image of the Day: Penis Worm Teeth

By | May 6, 2015

500-million-year-old fossils of the carnivorous penis worm (Ottoia), a burrowing marine animal named for its shape, contain a variety of tiny, scaly teeth.

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image: Image of the Day: Bungee Nerves

Image of the Day: Bungee Nerves

By | May 5, 2015

Rorqual whales have unusually stretchy neurons in their mouths and tongues that allow the animals to feed by filtering gulps of water greater than the volumes of their bodies.

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image: Image of the Day: Bat Brains

Image of the Day: Bat Brains

By | May 4, 2015

Bat sensory neurons respond to touch and airflow signals to help control the animals’ wing position for efficient flying.

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Image of the Day: Vibrant Fruit

By | May 1, 2015

Psammisia sophiae is one of five new blueberry relatives recently discovered in Colombia, adding to the hundreds of known species that grow there.

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Image of Day: Belize Bug

By | April 30, 2015

Researchers recently discovered a new species of creeping water bug, Ambrysus cayo, in a Belizean stream.

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image: Image of the Day: Shapely Orchids

Image of the Day: Shapely Orchids

By | April 29, 2015

Two competing groups of proteins help determine the shape of an orchid’s lip petal.

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image: Image of the Day: Inside Out

Image of the Day: Inside Out

By | April 28, 2015

During a stage of development similar to animal gastrulation, algal embryos are turned inside out as part of a process scientists have now filmed in 3-D for the first time.

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image: Image of the Day: Pocket Shark

Image of the Day: Pocket Shark

By | April 27, 2015

Researchers sampling deep ocean waters off the Louisiana coast in 2010 found this five-and-a-half-inch-long pocket shark (Mollisquama sp.), which is named for a hole behind its pectoral fin and represents only the second known specimen of its genus.

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image: Image of the Day: Seeing Taste

Image of the Day: Seeing Taste

By | April 24, 2015

Using two-photon excitation microscopy, researchers have captured the first real-time images of an actively tasting mouse tongue, discovering that each taste bud (blue) contains cells that recognize different flavors.

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image: Image of the Day: Stegosaurus Sex Differences

Image of the Day: Stegosaurus Sex Differences

By | April 23, 2015

Female Stegosaurus mjosi had taller dermal plates while males had wider ones, according to a recent study.

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