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By | November 21, 2012

The Scientist is thankful for this beautiful centerpiece of mosaic corn, which around 60 years ago helped Nobel Laureate Barbara McClintock discover jumping genetic elements.

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Image of the Day

By | November 21, 2012

Color-coded by depth, this confocal image stack shows the lenses, retina, and optic nerves of a Daddy long-legs (Phalangium opilio).

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Image of the Day

By | November 20, 2012

The Seychelles' giant millipedes play a critical role in nutrient cycling as these leggy islanders recycle leaf-litter, but their job is currently threatened by invasive mammals, plants and humans.

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Image of the Day

By | November 19, 2012

Actin filaments are arranged in circles using micropatterning and then imaged with epifluorescence microcopy.

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Image of the Day

By | November 16, 2012

The Monkey Puzzle butterfly (Rathinda amor) was named for its unique, predator-confusing dance, in which it wags the tail filaments on its wings and steps side-to-side.

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Image of the Day

By | November 15, 2012

The powerful facial muscles that allow the green lacewing (Chrysopa sp.) to chew, exposed for this collection of confocal microscope images

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Image of the Day

By | November 14, 2012

A three-dimensional image of a fetal mouse kidney, in which the green marks proteins that make up the body of the kidney, and the red marks proteins of the duct system.  

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Image of the Day

By | November 13, 2012

The iris of a human eye has two layers of fibers, radial fibers that pry the pupil open and sphincter fibers that snap it shut.

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Image of the Day

By | November 12, 2012

A light micrograph of a human egg, which is surrounded by a matrix of glycoproteins, called the zona pellucida (brown rim), and a layer of follicle cells, called the corona radiata (yellow).

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Image of the Day

By | November 9, 2012

A fluorescence micrograph of young sporangia, the sacs in which spores are formed, of the slime mold, Arcyria stipata.

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