In 2013 The Scientist celebrated the first full year of our popular “Image of the Day” posts and the meteoric rise of our Facebook site. Here are the most “Liked” Images of the Day as selected by our 790,000+ friends.
The flannel moth caterpillar Megalopyge opercularis sports hair-like venomous spines and, according to some, bears an uncanny resemblance to a walking toupee.
A white blood cell (purple) engulfs Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (yellow).
White matter fibers of the human brain are tracked with diffusion tensor imaging.
The red-eyed tree frog Agalychnis callidryas lays her gelatinous eggs on leaves above pools of water.
CT scans of a seahorse show its bony plates, which slide past each other as the animal bends, allowing it to be hard and yet flexible.
A normal mouse sits between two mice engineered to express green fluorescent protein.
Fluorescent neurons in the peripheral nervous system of an embryonic mouse
The seeds of the Coco de Mer palm tree, which is endemic to the Seychelles islands, weigh in at up to 45 pounds and require 8 years to mature and germinate.
A male European bee-eater catches an insect to feed his mate as part of a courtship ritual.
During the metaphase stage of mitosis, the chromosomes (blue) align in the center of the cell, as the microtubules (red) prepare to pull them in opposite directions, dragging them by their kinetochores (green).