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The Ocelloid

The Ocelloid

Through the eye of a microbe

  • Extinction (or lateral transfer?)

    Extinction (or lateral transfer?)

    By Psi Wavefunction | December 15, 2014 |

    This has been coming for a while, but I needed a push to make it official. I'm not much of a blogger anymore (four posts a year doesn't quite cut it), so it's only fair that I wrap things up at SciAm Blogs, at least for the foreseeable future. Maybe I'll find inspiration again someday and get back into writing, or move on entirely -- who knows. […]

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  • From the surface of stinky mud: diatoms, their parasites, and other comrades-in-silt

    From the surface of stinky mud: diatoms, their parasites, and other comrades-in-silt

    By Psi Wavefunction | March 30, 2014 |

    An advantage of having a, let's say, 'volatile' memory is that you can sit back and do microscopy... on your own hard drive. When sampling is good, you have only so much time to deal with everything, so images accumulate faster than you can process them. […]

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  • Greetings from Halifax, a world centre of protistology!

    Greetings from Halifax, a world centre of protistology!

    By Psi Wavefunction | March 22, 2014 |

    I finally made the move I was supposed to do months (if not years) ago! Through a strange twist of evolutionary contingency (the same kind through which our kind came about in the first place), Dalhousie University in Halifax has become host to one of the worst infestations of protistologists in the world. […]

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  • A Fork in the Red, 2013 (Medium: algae on glass)

    A Fork in the Red, 2013 (Medium: algae on glass)

    By Psi Wavefunction | November 10, 2013 |

    Isn't it great when your art subjects cooperate and model themselves? Algae are inherently photogenic -- especially if they look like fuzz or goo to the naked eye! While many macroalgae (this big seaweeds you find on the beach) require considerable skill and equipment to show off at their best, filamentous algae are usually thin enough to fend for themselves. […]

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  • An ink dinoflagellate

    An ink dinoflagellate

    By Psi Wavefunction | October 18, 2013 |

    Things have been a little tense lately... here, have a dinoflagellate! (kinda looks like a space ship, no?) This ink drawing is based on Protoperidium , a dinoflagellate notable for its ' pallium feeding ': upon finding something tasty but awkwardly-shaped, it extrudes a 'feeding veil' in the form of a pseudopod-like structure, which then envelops the prey -- whom awkwardness fails to save. […]

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  • Handy resource for freshwater protists and micro-adventuring

    Handy resource for freshwater protists and micro-adventuring

    By Psi Wavefunction | October 16, 2013 |

    There exists a wonderful book with an illustrated key to the more common protists you can find in freshwater: Free-Living Freshwater Protozoa by Paddy Patterson.  However, as many good things in life, it is out of print and thus very expensive (though relatively cheap-ish in the above link at the time of writing this). […]

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  • A polyp’s pet rotifers

    A polyp’s pet rotifers

    By Psi Wavefunction | September 14, 2013 |

    As penance for irregular posting, have a pair of seemingly-symbiotic rotifers in a cnidarian (jellyfish) polyp. There were several of them on several polyps, and they seemed not to mind the tentacles (loaded with stinging cells containing a harpoon-like weapon with paralytic abilities). […]

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  • Random image:

    Random image:

    By Psi Wavefunction | July 30, 2013 |

    To keep things alive while I'm at an awesome conference (that you should follow on twitter, see previous post ), let's have a random image of tardigrade (water-bear) guts; the brown stuff is semi-digested food. See, I go away, and animals start encroaching on my blog... […]

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  • Live coverage of protist bonanza in Vancouver — ICOP 2013 28 July — 02 August

    By Psi Wavefunction | July 27, 2013 |

    It's that most wonderful time of the year again: the big protist conference season. Every year around this time, one or more of the protist societies hold meetings full of people who might actually understand and care about some of your research, minutiae or otherwise. […]

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  • Live coverage of protist bonanza in Vancouver -- ICOP 2013 28 July -- 02 August

    By Psi Wavefunction | July 27, 2013 |

    It's that most wonderful time of the year again: the big protist conference season. Every year around this time, one or more of the protist societies hold meetings full of people who might actually understand and care about some of your research, minutiae or otherwise. […]

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