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Bret Webster - Photo Researchers Photographer!

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In the news: "Rocket scientist turned photographer captures Utah's majesty" by John Hollenhorst KSL.com » Utah

On our website: Bret Webster Collection

BS0470 Landscape Arch  and the Milky Way galaxy  in Arches National Park, Utah. Credit: Bret Webster / Photo Researchers, Inc.

BS0512 Arches National Park and the La Sal Mountains, Utah. Credit: Bret Webster / Photo Researchers, Inc.
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In the news:
"Species spotted at deep-sea vent"
BBC News online
December 28, 2011









SH7063 Giant tube worms (Riftia pachyptila) on a hydrothermal vent. These animals inhabit a tube (white), from which they extend feathery red plumes. The plumes take in chemicals and release waste. The chemicals are passed to colonies of symbiotic bacteria that live inside the worm, which convert the chemicals into nutrients on which the worm feeds. The worms are usually found near hydrothermal vents (black smokers), and are extremely resistant to the heat associated with the vents. Photographed deep in the Pacific Ocean. Credit: C. Van Dover / OAR / NURP / College of William and Mary / NOAA / Photo Researchers, Inc.

Bah, Humbug on Ice?

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In the news: "Once-a-year ice skating warning" BBC News - Health online December 23, 2011





BG2685 X-ray of an ice skate. Credit: Ted Kinsman / Photo Researchers, Inc.

Prosopagnosia - Face Blindness

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In the news:
"Have We Met? Tracing Face Blindness to Its Roots"
by Karen Barrow
NYTimes online
December 26, 2011








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Portrait of an Australian girl with freckles.
Credit: Christine Osborne / Photo Researchers, Inc.

The Sixth Toe

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In the news: "Elephant's sixth 'toe' discovered" by Rebecca Morelle BBC News online
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Front feet and tip of trunk of an Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus).
Credit: Kenneth W. Fink / Photo Researchers, Inc.

Terrorized by the Flu?

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In the news: "Seeing Terror Risk, U.S. Asks Journals to Cut Flu Study Facts" by Denise Grady and William J. Broad New York Times online December 20, 2011






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Avian influenza virus particles. Colored transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a H5 strain of influenza virus type A. All five H5 strains (H5N1, H5N2, H5N3, H5N8 and H5N9) cause bird flu. The particles (red) have an enveloped outer coat, or capsid. The capsid contains hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N) proteins, which allow the particles to enter the host's cells and reproduce.  Magnification: x53,000 when printed 10 centimeters wide. Credit: Hazel Appleton, Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections / Photo Researchers, Inc.

Change at the Core

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In the news:  "Metal undergoes novel transition under extreme pressure" BBC News online December 20, 2011




SM8688 Earth layers, computer artwork. The external layer shows the Earth's surface topography and atmosphere, including land, water and clouds. This surface layer extends downwards for around 35 kilometers as the rocky crust. The mantle (red) is a viscous layer of rocks under high pressures and temperatures, extending downwards to a depth of around 2890 kilometers. The outer core (yellow) is a liquid layer of iron and nickel, around 2260 kilometers thick. The inner core (top) is a liquid sphere of a iron-nickel alloy, with a radius of 1220 kilometers. Credit: Gary Hincks / Photo Researchers, Inc.

Arthritis: Hope in Clostridium botulinum

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Ribbon model of botulinum neurotoxin, a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that is considered the most powerful neurotoxin ever discovered. Credit: Carol and Mike Werner / Photo Researchers, Inc.In the news: "Arthritis and Botulinum toxin: Something to celebrate" The Economist December 10, 2011

Norovirus Vaccine

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In the news: "Prevention: Trial Vaccine for Norovirus Shows Promise" By Nicholas Bakalar New York Times online December 12, 2011
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Norovirus particles. Colored transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of norovirus particles (purple). Norovirus is a genus of RNA (ribonucleic acid) viruses (of the family Caliciviridae), which cause about half of all gastroenteritis cases around the world. The disease is characterized by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The diarrhea results in fluid loss and dehydration, which may become life-threatening in the young, the elderly, and the immunocompromised if not treated promptly.

Credit: Hazel Appleton, Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections / Photo Researchers, Inc.

A Hairy Bed Bug Situation

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In the news: "Hairy limbs keep bed bugs at bay" BBC News online December 14, 2011

SA4667 Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of bed bugs mating. Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are blood sucking insects, so called because they live in the beds of humans. The male (above) punctures the body wall of one of the female's abdominal segments and deposits his sperm in a sac. This is called traumatic insemination. 
Magnification: x22 at 6x4.5 inches. Credit: Andrew Syred / Photo Researchers, Inc.

On the Origin of the Theory of Evolution

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In the news: "Shipping Timetables Debunk Darwin Plagiarism Accusations" By Philip Ball nature.com December 12, 2011
BT3863 Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection. His seminal works: On the Origin of Species (1859) his theory with compelling evidence for evolution. The Descent of Man (1871) he examined human evolution and sexual selection and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872) one of the most enduring contributions from 19th century psychology. Credit: NLM / Photo Researchers, Inc.

9N2485 Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace, O.M., F.R.S. (1823 - 1913), a British naturalist who independently proposed his own theory of evolution due to natural selection, prompting Charles Darwin to publish his as well. Credit: Biophoto A…

DisCERNing the Higgs boson

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In the news: "LHC: Higgs boson 'may have been glimpsed'" By Paul Rincon
BBC News online December 13, 2011
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View of the Central tracking Chamber of the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF). This device saw the top quark. CDF is an experiment at Fermilab, which is currently home to the world's most powerful particle accelerator called the Tevatron. The Tevatron accelerates protons and antiprotons close to the speed of light, and then makes them collide head-on inside the CDF detector. The CDF detector is used to study the products of such collisions; by doing this we try to reconstruct what happened in the collision and ultimately try to figure out how matter is put together and what forces nature uses to create the world around us. Credit: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory / Photo Researchers, Inc.

Hemophilia B

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In the news: 
"Treatment for Blood Disease is Gene Therapy Landmark"
By Nicholas Wade
New York Times
December 10, 2011
7W2859 Hemophiliac bleeding into the elbow joint (hemarthrosis). Hemophilia is a sex-linked hereditary disease that predominantly affects males. It causes a delay in blood clotting and a resulting difficulty in controlling hemorrhage. Credit: Biophoto Associates / Photo Researchers, Inc.

Anomalocaris - Cambrian Predators

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Reconstruction of the problematic animal, Anomalocaris canadensis, from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale of British Columbia. By far the largest animal in the Burgess Shale fauna this creature of unknown affinity reached lengths of half a meter. Anomalocarids have been discovered in China, Greenland, Australia, and North America.
Credit: Chase Studio / Photo Researchers, Inc.

In the news: "An eye-opening fossil" By Matt Kaplan nature.com
December 7, 2011


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Reconstruction of the Anomalocaris sp., the Middle Cambrian Chengjiang fauna of China. Although similar in most respects to Anomalocaris canadensis to the Burgess Shale, the Chinese specimens show two long spines projecting from the tail. It is possible that the spines simply have not yet been recognized in the Burgess Shale specimens. Anomalocaris has experienced a long history of misinterpreted isolated parts. The front claws were originally described as shrimp, the circular mouth plate as a jellyfish,…

The Motion of Nature

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VA1046 - Chameleon Hunting Insect (YouTube/PhotoResearchers)
Experience nature on our website in a new and moving way!
 A chameleon flicks its tongue out to capture prey. A cloud of starlings undulates, fluidly forming shapes in the sky. Still pictures can't always capture the many wondrous processes of nature. Nature Source introduces video to enhance its extensive collection of nature and wildlife photography.

©Wave Royalty Free / Photo Researchers, Inc. 

Welcome to Planet Earth-Like!

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In the news:
"Kepler 22-b: Earth-like Planet Confirmed"
BBC News online
December 5, 2011


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Earth-like extrasolar planet, computer artwork. This planet has oceans, and an atmosphere that can support clouds. It also has a small irregularly-shaped moon. Earth-like planets capable of supporting life are found only in a star's habitable zone, a region around a star where the surface temperature of a planet is suitable for liquid water. Credit: Mehau Kulyk / Photo Researchers, Inc.

Happy Birthday, Heisenberg - For Certain.

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In the news: "Laser's Quantum Fluctuations Provide a Better, Faster Source of Random Numbers" By Rebecca Boyle Popular Science online November 30, 2011



BE9320 German physicist Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), one of the founders of quantum mechanics and head of Germany's nuclear energy program. His role in this capacity is subject to much debate, with some believing he covertly tried to thwart Germany's program to develop nuclear weapons. He discovered the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which is now one of the central principles of modern physics.  Credit:Photo Researchers

Pituitary Gland In A Dish

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In The News: "A Gland Grows Itself" by Tina Hesman Saey ScienceNews online November 9, 2011




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Human pituitary gland. The pituitary secretes hormones regulating homeostasis, including tropic hormones that stimulate other endocrine glands. Credit: Southern Illinois University / Photo Researchers, Inc.

30 Years Ago Today

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In the news: "World Aids Day: 30 years since Britain's first diagnosis" The Telegraph online December 1, 2011
FC0777 Illustration depicting the stages involved when a HIV virion infects a T Cell. From fusing with the T Cell to releasing its capsid into the host T-cells cytoplasm. Credit: 3D4Medical / Photo Researchers, Inc.