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Image of the Day: Seeing Spores

By | May 14, 2015

Electron micrographs of Clostridium sporogenes—a close relative of the bacterium that causes botulism—show spores as they undergo germination, a process that could be targeted to avert foodborne illness.

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image: Image of the Day: In Vitro Kittens

Image of the Day: In Vitro Kittens

By | May 13, 2015

Domestic cats Elsa and Vito are the first nonhuman animals to be produced from sperm preserved via vitrification, a simplified freezing technique that could be helpful for wild cat conservation.

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image: Image of the Day: 3-D Neuron

Image of the Day: 3-D Neuron

By | May 12, 2015

The techniques used to generate this 3-D reconstruction of an adult fly neuron are similar to those that an international team of researchers hopes to use to analyze human neurons as part of the BigNeuron project.

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image: Image of the Day: Paleolithic Pollen

Image of the Day: Paleolithic Pollen

By | May 11, 2015

Sixteen-thousand-year-old Chenopodiaceae pollen found on the paleolithic tomb of the Red Lady of El Mirón—discovered in a Spanish cave in 2010—suggests that flowers were placed on her grave.

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image: Image of the Day: Rare Fly

Image of the Day: Rare Fly

By | May 8, 2015

The first (and until recently, last) time the vinegar fly (Drosophila gentica) was collected was in 1954 in El Salvador. D. gentica was the second-most common fruit fly species caught in 30 traps placed in Los Angeles backyards as part of a 2014 citizen science project.

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image: Image of the Day: Mucus Meadows

Image of the Day: Mucus Meadows

By | May 7, 2015

A blanket of grass-like cilia and mucus, which make up the textured surface inside human lungs, is shown in a cell culture image captured with an environmental scanning electron microscope.

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image: Image of the Day: Penis Worm Teeth

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: Image of the Day: Vibrant Fruit

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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