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The Artful Amoeba

A Blog About the Weird Wonderfulness of Life on Earth

An Echidna Snuggles in for a Snooze

An Echidna Snuggles in for a Snooze

After nearly two months of wandering the Southern Hemisphere and a few weeks of recovery post-return, it's time to get back into the blogging here at the Artful Amoeba.

June 23, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
The Overlooked Joy of the Christmas Tree Worm

The Overlooked Joy of the Christmas Tree Worm

Put your gills in the air like you just don't care . . . Christmas tree worms, Spirobranchia giganteus. Creative Commons Nick Hobgood. Click image for link to image and license.

June 1, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
The Glowing Spider-Worms of New Zealand

The Glowing Spider-Worms of New Zealand

Imagine you are a tiny caddisfly pupa. When you emerge from your pupal case, it is dark, but not pitch black, and high above you, you see the faint glow of a starry sky.

May 21, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
Postcards from Rangitoto, Part 2

Postcards from Rangitoto, Part 2

When we left the volcano Rangitoto two posts ago, I promised more Down Under fern excitement. For the six of you still here, here we go!Toward the beginning of my hike I saw signs pointing to a kidney fern glen or gully.

May 11, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
Postcards from Rangitoto

Postcards from Rangitoto

A week and a half ago I stepped off a plane and into the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in my life. In spite of 12 hours of cramped legs and loud children heedless of fellow travelers' sleep needs, it was an exhilarating feeling.

April 29, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
Mitochondria Are Related to Ocean Bacteria, But Not to the Ones We Thought

Mitochondria Are Related to Ocean Bacteria, But Not to the Ones We Thought

Your floor-model animal mitochondrion. Public domain. Click for link. Two billion years ago, around the time atmospheric oxygen levels were rising, one cell engulfed another, and instead of becoming lunch, the ingestee became an Earth-changer and, eventually, a vital part of you: mitochondria.These microscopic cell inhabitants/engines allowed their host cell to suddenly begin to burn oxygen when digesting their food, an energy source that vastly expanded the amount of energy they could harvest from a given morsel of food.

April 16, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
Could a Mystery Virus be the Culprit in Kawasaki Disease?

Could a Mystery Virus be the Culprit in Kawasaki Disease?

In the Nature podcast interview that went along with my Kawasaki Disease story at Nature (look for the interview halfway down the page at the story here), I talked about the tantalizing work of Dr.

April 6, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
Can Diseases Cross Oceans By Wind?

Can Diseases Cross Oceans By Wind?

Aneurysms in the coronary arteries of a Kawasaki victim. Public domain; click for source. That's the question I examine in my first feature story for Nature , published today online and in the print magazine April 5.

April 4, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

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