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The Artful Amoeba

A Blog About the Weird Wonderfulness of Life on Earth

The Lost Valley of the Wollemi Pine

In 1994, New South Wales National Parks & Wildlife Service Officer David Noble stumbled on some trees in a canyon in an inaccessible part of Wollemi National Park.

June 30, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

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 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

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

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

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

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