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image: Image of the Day: Solitary Snacker

Image of the Day: Solitary Snacker

By | April 16, 2014

Unlike its infamous relatives, the egyptian locust (Anacridium aegyptium) does not swarm and is harmless to crops.

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image: Image of the Day: Deadly Fan Dance

Image of the Day: Deadly Fan Dance

By | April 15, 2014

Spores released from the fan-shaped fruiting body of the Moniliophthora perniciosa mushroom can infect cacao trees and destroy their pods.

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image: Image of the Day: Fuzzy Bulwark

Image of the Day: Fuzzy Bulwark

By | April 14, 2014

The impressive hairs on the Pale Tussock caterpillar (Calliteara pudibunda) are a defense against predators and can cause an itchy rash.

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image: Image of the Day: Rodent Retina

Image of the Day: Rodent Retina

By | April 11, 2014

The nerve fiber layer of a mouse retina: glial cells are green, ganglion DNA and RNA are orange, optic nerve fibers are red, and actin in blood vessels is blue.

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image: Image of the Day: Shrimpy Spectrum

Image of the Day: Shrimpy Spectrum

By | April 10, 2014

Even though the eye-catching mantis shrimp has 12 different color receptor cones (compared to humans' three for red, blue, and green), it may be worse at discerning colors.

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image: Image of the Day: Mitotic Mouse Cells

Image of the Day: Mitotic Mouse Cells

By | April 9, 2014

Embryonic mouse kidney tubule cells move through phases of mitosis at different rates. Yellow indicates mitotic division, red indicates cells moving from G1- (cell growth) to S-phase (DNA duplication).

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image: Image of the Day: School of Rock

Image of the Day: School of Rock

By | April 8, 2014

Fossilized fish from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's collection.

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image: Image of the Day: Frogs in Waiting

Image of the Day: Frogs in Waiting

By | April 7, 2014

Eggs of a Xenopus sp. frog, popular in laboratories as a model organism.

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image: Image of the Day: Marine Mushroom

Image of the Day: Marine Mushroom

By | April 4, 2014

Mushroom corals, like this one in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, feed on zooplankton through their slit-shaped mouths.

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image: Image of the Day: Special Delivery

Image of the Day: Special Delivery

By | April 3, 2014

Encapsulated pancreatic cells grown from human embryonic stem cells are being developed for human transplantation as a way of delivering insulin to diabetic patients (blue represents insulin, red is glucagon, and green is somatostatin).

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