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The Artful Amoeba

Solar-Powered Plankton Take Monty Python Advice: Run Away

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At least gazelles can run. But if you’re a tree, a blade of grass, or a hapless kohlrabi, there’s nothing you can do when the choppers, nippers, or clippers of your predator — aka “grazer” — approach. Such is the fate of most photosynthetic organisms, which we landlubbers tend to think of as plants. But [...]

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Culturing Science

How One Little Molecule Influences Earth’s Climate

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A seemingly humdrum little molecule has found itself responsible for not just one but two positive feedback loops, one moderating climate and the other gathering animals across the food web.

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Expeditions

You wanted to know: who are these scientists? Introducing: Jack DiTullio

A while back I wrote about how the CTD was the most important instrument on board. Well, it turns out, I was wrong. Here’s the most important instrument: Ena, the coffee maker. And it’s owned by Jack DiTullio. He’s another one of the principal investigators on board Pigments, vitamins and compounds oh my! When he’s [...]

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Expeditions

On the importance of names. Or, “Are we at the hump or the hole?”

If you look at our recent GPS trajectory, you might think our navigator is, well, under the influence. But actually, our course is a planned path between 3 specific spots: Da Base: Our home base for the past few days. Da Hole: A location slightly south of Da Base, where the satellites showed chlorophyll levels [...]

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Expeditions

The superstar sensor: what is a CTD?

There’s a lot of science lingo I don’t know. There’s also a lot of nautical lingo I don’t know. Combined, I often have no clue what some of the people on the boat are talking about. One term that comes up a lot from the science team is something called the “CTD.” As a reader [...]

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Expeditions

You wanted to know: what are these phytoplankton?

First, thanks to everyone for asking such fabulous questions. I’m going to try to get to them all, but you’re an inquisitive bunch so I might have to miss a few. I’ve also found that they group into a couple of different general topics – so I’ll try to do them in clusters…like this post! [...]

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Expeditions

All Aboard: how you can be a part of our research blog

Hi there! I’m Rose, a science journalist and producer. I live in Brooklyn now, where I write, produce and generally try to explain science-y things. But in a few weeks, I’ll be writing to you from somewhere far, far away from Brooklyn: the North Atlantic Ocean. I’m heading out to sea with a research group [...]

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