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2013 Cover Raffle

Thank you to our valued readers, authors and reviewers who have contributed to the excellent content of Naturwissenschaften - The Science of Nature and who have voted on the most attractive cover.

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Favourite cover 

96/5

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The deepest point on Earth, the Dead Sea at -420 m in 2008, drops at an alarming rate of 0.7 m/a, leaving behind a unique landscape of shore line terraces.
Naturwissenschaften (2009) 96: 637-644

Second favourite cover 

90/11

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A young pygmy loris Nycticebus pygmaeus clings to a branch in its home at the San Diego Zoo. This nocturnal arboreal species occupies dense evergreen forests of Indochina, where they live relatively solitary.
Source: H. S. Fisher et al. (2003) 90:509-512

All the nominated covers: 

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Colour variation of the leaf beetle, Plateumaris sericea. This species shows a wide variation of metallic colour polymorphism covering whole range of visible wavelength. Source: Kurachi et al. (2002) 89: 295-298

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Young elephant exploring a worrying object.
Source: F. Vollrath (2002) 89:508-511

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St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum L.) was grown from in vitro propagules to flowering plants in a controlled environment greenhouse.
Source: S. J. Murch et al. (2002) 89:555-560

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On this picture (taken in a depth of 20 m in the Limski Canal, Croatia) the interaction between nudibranches, annelides and sponges is shown.
Source: W. E. G. Müller et al. (2003) 90:103-120

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Regulatory modules direct gene transcription. Analysis of modules is re-shaping computational approaches for the study of regulatory sequences. The cover contains an EM-image of a HepG2 hepatoma cell.
Source: W. W. Wassermann et al. (2003) 90:156-166

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Nomarski interference image of a female individual of a new rotifer species of Lecane Nitzsch, 1828, (approx. length: 70 µm).
Source: S. Sommer et al. (2003) 90:273-276

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A young pygmy loris Nycticebus pygmaeus clings to a branch in its home at the San Diego Zoo. This nocturnal arboreal species occupies dense evergreen forests of Indochina, where they live relatively solitary.
Source: H. S. Fisher et al. (2003) 90:509-512

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Top left triangle shows in a false colour code the distribution of local motion signals predicted from a motion detector network. Bottom right have been used by Op artists to induce strong sensations of motion.
Source: J. M. Zanker et al. (2004) 91:149-1

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A bumblebee exploring colours of Paul Gauguin's A Vase of Flowers (1896; (C):National Gallery, London, with permission). New research shows that the ability of bees to solve colour problems depends on training procedure. Source: G.Dyer et al. (2004) 91:224-227

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Thermographic photograph of molten beeswax poured around a rubber bung. The structure results from wax as a thermoplastic medium, which softens and hardens with changing temperatures.
Source: C. W. W. Pirk et al. (2004) 91:350-353

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"Sleeping Boy", oil on linen,
18 inchesx24 inches, (2003)
Bennett Siegel is an American figure painter, whose residence and studio is in south eastern Pennsylvania.
Source: J. Siegel (2004) 91:355-365

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The picture was taken in the Bast of Traba beach (Laxe - Galicia, Spain) in November 2002, fifteen days after the Prestige oil spill.
Source: Vieites at al. (2004) 91:535-538

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Examples of repeated, independent evolution of adaptive types in the North American Cenozoic.
Source: Martin et al. (2005) 92:1-19

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Black and white spines of the Indian crested porcupine, Hystrix indica, demonstrate the conspicuity of spines in the animal kingdom. Conspicuous spines may evolve as warning signals for potential predators.
Source: M. Inbar et al. (2005) 92:170-172

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A flower of the Australian sexually deceptive Cryptostylis subulata with its pollinator, a male of the Ichneumonid wasp Lissopimpla semipunctata. Edith Coleman discovered sexual deception in Australia in 1927.
Source: F. P. Schiestl (2005) 92:255-264

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Lesser Flamingos Phoeniconaias minor feed on highly abundant microorganisms that are filtered from surface waters while the inverted head is placed between the feet.
Source: G. R. Martin et al. (2005) 92:351-354

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Much of a skeleton of a new archosaurian, Qianosuchus mixtus, from the Middle Triassic limestone of China. It has a mixture of terrestrial and aquatic modifications in its skeleton.
Source: Li et al. (2006) 93:200-206

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The picture shows an artist view of a close encounter of a comet with the Earth-Moon system. Today, the scientific community describes comets as "icy dirtballs" indicating a different composition than originally thought.

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Nematodes like the plant-feeding Paratylenchus (Micoletzky 1922) belong to the detrital pathway of soil food webs. The length of the whole specimen is about 0.4 mm. Light microscopy photograph by H. Van Megen.
Source: C. Mulder (2006) 93:467-479

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A guard bee stands at the nest enrance with one leg raised and mandibles open, ready to fend off intruders.
Naturwissenschaften 94(2007) 247-267

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The only organisms that are able to synthesize glass at room temperature are the sponges. They build their skeleton (spicules) enzymatically using the enzyme silicatein.
Naturwissenschaften 94(2007) 339-359

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A bumblebee (Bombus terrestris canariensis) worker learning the complex motor skills required to collect pollen effectively from a Poppy (Papaver spp.) flower.
Photo © Ralph Stelzer.
Naturwissenschaften 94(2007) 459-464

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Images of ant species collected with the subterranean probe illustrate the remarkable diversity of the ant fauna of Amazonia.

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This remarkable two-tone (or dichromatic) colour of pumpkin seed oil is explained by the use of a combination of spectral properties, CIE chromaticity coordinates, and the properties of human vision.
Naturwissenschaften (2007) 94:935-939

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Portrait of Georg Ritter von Frauenfeld (1807-1873).
The photograph shows a ca. 1 cm long juvenile individual that was found in the year 2003 in the moist soil of a birch forest and used for DNA-analysis.
Naturwisschenschaften (2007) 91:967-974

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Photograph of fossil neoceratopsian egg beside computed tomography image of the same specimen highlighting the embryonic skeleton present inside the egg.
Naturwissenschaften (2008) 95:493-500

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A Western Yellowjacket (Vespula pensylvanica) visits a blooming Ohia (Metrosideros polymorpha) in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Photo: Erin Wilson
Naturwissenschaften (2008) 95: 787-792

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Three transversial sections showing immunoreactive patterns of the HNK-1 carbohydrate epitope during early stages of the neural crest cell migration in the head of the Nile Crocodile embryos.
Naturwisschenschaften (2008) 95: 1063-1072

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Young edible dormouse (Glis glis) looking out of its nest-box. While dormice use tree holes or nest-boxes to raise their young during the active season, they spent hibernation and phases of summer dormancy below ground.
Naturwissenschaften (2009) 96: 165-171

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The picture shows how alpine grassland plots are exposed in a series of circular ozone exposure rings, with subplots receiving different levels of nitrogen addition.
Naturwissenschaften (2009) 91: 173-194

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The deepest point on Earth, the Dead Sea at -420 m in 2008, drops at an alarming rate of 0.7 m/a, leaving behind a unique landscape of shore line terraces.
Naturwissenschaften (2009) 96: 637-644

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Dorsal view of the thorax of Hedychrum rutilans (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae), a parasitoid of the European beewolf Philanthus triangulum (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae).
Naturwissenschaften (2009) 96: 983-986

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The reddish grey mouse lemur (Microcebusgriseorufus) is one of Madagascar's smallest primates and inhabits the dry spiny forests in the Southwest of the island.
Naturwissenschaften (2009) 96: 1221-1228

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Lateral view of the amphipod Crassicorophium bonnellii showing its spinning legs in the centre; depth coloured maximum projection of a confocal image stack by Katrin Kronenberger and David Johnston.
Naturwissenschaften (2012) 99: 3-10

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Reconstruction of Guidraco venator, a new fish-eating pterosaur from China (by Maurilio Oliveira-Museu Nacional/UFRJ)
Naturwissenschaften (2012) 99: 249-257

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New Caledonian crows (Corvus moneduloides) habitually use tools for extracting invertebrate prey from deadwood and vegetation, exhibiting a remarkable degree of behavioural sophistication. ® Photo by Simon Walker
Naturwissenschaften (2012) 99: 313-320

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