Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching
Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching
In yellow-green and purple versions of the reef-building Acropora tenuis, the genes that code for particular fluorescent and other colorful proteins become more active in the summer, protecting symbiotic algae from thermal stress and resisting bleaching.
Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching
Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching

In yellow-green and purple versions of the reef-building Acropora tenuis, the genes that code for particular fluorescent and other colorful proteins become more active in the summer, protecting symbiotic algae from thermal stress and resisting bleaching.

In yellow-green and purple versions of the reef-building Acropora tenuis, the genes that code for particular fluorescent and other colorful proteins become more active in the summer, protecting symbiotic algae from thermal stress and resisting bleaching.

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Shrew Brains Shrink During Winter
Shrew Brains Shrink During Winter
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Image of the Day: Bubble Suckers
Image of the Day: Bubble Suckers
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Unable to break through the water’s surface, tadpoles have a unique workaround for breathing air.
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Image of the Day: Hot Stripes
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Biologists study how a zebra’s hair helps it keep cool.
Image of the Day: Fight Club
Image of the Day: Fight Club
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 11, 2019
South American hummingbird males were caught on camera poking and pinching each other with bills adapted for fighting.
Image of the Day: Water Flea
Image of the Day: Water Flea
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 29, 2018
A species of water flea in northern Belgium that helps keep algae in check is growing smaller and less abundant in urbanized areas. 
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 19, 2018
The adaptation gives better endurance to the Bajau people, known as sea nomads, by increasing spleen size and, in turn, boosting the number of oxygenated red blood cells when diving.