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image: Image of the Day: Glowing Mushrooms

Image of the Day: Glowing Mushrooms

By | March 20, 2015

Brazil's coconut flower mushroom (Neonothopanus gardneri) controls its bioluminescence with a temperature-regulated circadian clock.

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image: Image of the Day: Kiddie Crustaceans

Image of the Day: Kiddie Crustaceans

By | March 19, 2015

Young crabs, like this one in the megalopa stage of development, closely resemble 150-million-year-old fossilized larvae found in southwestern Germany.

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image: Image of the Day: Slimy Worm

Image of the Day: Slimy Worm

By | March 18, 2015

A velvet worm (Epiperipatus acacioi) unfurls its folded mouth papillae—one of which is shown here—to squirt an oscillating jet of slime for prey capture and self-defense. (Scale bar = 100 microns)

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image: Image of the Day: “Little Clover”

Image of the Day: “Little Clover”

By | March 17, 2015

The lesser clover (Trifolium dubium) accounted for 46 percent of the 221 plants sent in by Irish gardeners who were asked to identify the species most likely to represent the shamrock in a 1988 survey.

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image: Image of the Day: Spinal Section

Image of the Day: Spinal Section

By | March 16, 2015

The cross-section of a rat's spine shows its axons (red), synapses (green), and motor neurons (blue).

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image: Image of the Day: Yawkey's Rescue

Image of the Day: Yawkey's Rescue

By | March 13, 2015

A juvenile leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) weighing 475 pounds was stranded this week at the Yawkey-South Island Preserve, rehabilitated at the South Carolina Aquarium, and released into the wild yesterday.

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image: Image of the Day: Ancient Arthropod

Image of the Day: Ancient Arthropod

By | March 12, 2015

Fossils of a 2-meter-long, 480-million-year-old, filter-feeding ancestor of insects and crustaceans, thought to be the one of the largest of its kind, were recently found in Morocco.

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image: Image of the Day: Golden Ratio

Image of the Day: Golden Ratio

By | March 11, 2015

Like sunflowers and snail shells, the spiraled proboscis of a butterfly conforms to the Golden Ratio.

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image: Image of the Day: Marine Worm

Image of the Day: Marine Worm

By | March 10, 2015

There are more than 8,000 known species of marine worm, including the unidentified specimen shown here at 20x magnification.

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image: Image of the Day: Colorful Cross-section

Image of the Day: Colorful Cross-section

By | March 9, 2015

A microscopic cross-section of an orchid root shows its nutrient-ferrying stele and the surrounding cortex.

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