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The Artful Amoeba

The Artful Amoeba

A Blog About the Weird Wonderfulness of Life on Earth

How Your Morning Commute Resembles a Fungus

How Your Morning Commute Resembles a Fungus

In many fungi, the DNA storage compartments called nuclei are not prisoners of the cells they reside in, the way they are in animals and plants.

November 20, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

What Do Vampire Squid Really Eat? Hint: It’s Not Blood

Oxygen-poor zones are not just found off the coast of South America, as we saw last time. “Oxygen minimum zones” may occur throughout the world’s ocean’s at mid-water depths where food consumption is high but supplies of oxygen are low.

October 31, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer
There’s Darwin’s Fungus!

There’s Darwin’s Fungus!

Last winter I wrote a post called “Darwin’s Neon Golf Balls” about a fungus called Cyttaria that Darwin collected during his journey on the Beagle.

October 24, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Are Cycads Social Plants?

Botanists have long puzzled over a peculiarity of ancient plants called cycads: they have huge, bright, fleshy seeds displayed in enormous cones.

October 16, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

The Private Life of Plankton — in HD

Artistic, black and white photos of plankton — as we saw last time — are fabulous. But what if one hungers for HD? The Plankton Chronicles have got you covered.

September 29, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Unexpected Award Phone Call: A Good Way to Start Your Day

Yesterday morning as I was tucking into my first cup of tea, I received the startling news that I’ve won the American Meteorological Society’s Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences.

September 24, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

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