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image: Image of the Day: Mesmerizing Mucus

Image of the Day: Mesmerizing Mucus

By | July 31, 2014

Marine parchment worms (Chaetopterus sp.), pictured here in a full body fluorescent image, secrete a luminescent blue mucus that is surprisingly stable at temperatures ranging from –75ºC to 250ºC.

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image: Image of the Day: Floral Fraud

Image of the Day: Floral Fraud

By | July 30, 2014

An elbow orchid (Arthrochilus latipes) tricks male wasps into pollinating its flowers by mimicking the pheromones of the female wasp.

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image: Image of the Day: Kaleidoscopic Clam

Image of the Day: Kaleidoscopic Clam

By | July 29, 2014

The giant clam, Tridacna maxima, and its photosynthetic symbiont algae live in sunny patches of coral reef.

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image: Image of the Day: Vector Injector

Image of the Day: Vector Injector

By | July 28, 2014

A malaria-bearing mosquito (Anopheles gambiae) is injected with hemolymph, the circulatory fluid in arthropods, during a research study.

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image: Image of the Day: Ant Architects

Image of the Day: Ant Architects

By | July 24, 2014

Nomadic army ants (Eciton hamatum) build living nests and bridges with their bodies.

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image: Image of the Day: Inked-in Injury

Image of the Day: Inked-in Injury

By | July 24, 2014

Tattoos are made permanent by a long-lived immune reaction, as immune cells that rush to heal the needle's marks absorb pigment particles, and remain trapped under the skin.

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image: Image of the Day: Converging Neurons

Image of the Day: Converging Neurons

By | July 23, 2014

Sensory neurons (in red) and motor axons (in green) in a developing mouse embryo converge to form spinal nerves.

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image: Image of the Day: Pervasive Polychaetes

Image of the Day: Pervasive Polychaetes

By | July 22, 2014

Polychaete worms like this one, Myrianida pachycera, are found throughout the world's oceans, from the coldest abysses to searing hydrothermal vents.

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image: Image of the Day: Threatened Toad

Image of the Day: Threatened Toad

By | July 21, 2014

The Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri) is one of the most endangered amphibians in North America, now found only in captivity and one protected lake refuge.

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image: Image of the Day: <em>Giardia</em> Grabs On

Image of the Day: Giardia Grabs On

By | July 18, 2014

Intestinal parasite Giardia lamblia latches on to a carpet of human intestinal cells in culture.

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