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The Artful Amoeba

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When You Think "Hydrothermal Vents", You Shouldn't Think "Tube Worms"

When You Think "Hydrothermal Vents", You Shouldn't Think "Tube Worms"

Riftia pachyptila, the weird, iconic giant of hydrothermal vents. Creative Commons Sabine Gollner et al.; click image for link and license. In 1977, scientists and the world were shocked to discover the first deep-sea hydrothermal vent community at the Galapagos Rift in the eastern Pacific (see a great story on this at NPR here).

January 4, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
Nothing Here But a Hole in the Ocean . . .

Nothing Here But a Hole in the Ocean . . .

If you live in the upper ocean, it pays to be transparent to avoid the gaze of Things Bigger and Hungrier Than You, since sunlight will pass right through.

December 31, 2011 — Jennifer Frazer
The Surprising Subject of the First Book of Photographs

The Surprising Subject of the First Book of Photographs

In these hyperlinked days, one might reasonably guess that the subject of the first book of photographs may have been along the lines of the True Purpose of the Internet (ask someone who's seen "Avenue Q" if you don't know).

December 23, 2011 — Jennifer Frazer
The Brain-Eating "Amoeba" Strikes Again

The Brain-Eating "Amoeba" Strikes Again

Just when you thought the U.S. was safe from amoebas . . . it turns out it's not.This summer saw a micro-burst of brain-eating amoeba attacks (well, only three, but that was plenty for the press to get its panties in a bunch over it.

December 21, 2011 — Jennifer Frazer
Toxic Red Tides Can Attack By Air, Too

Toxic Red Tides Can Attack By Air, Too

The red tide dinoflagellate Karenia brevis. Public Domain, photo by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Last week as I sat in a beach-side open-air restaurant in southwest Florida, I started coughing.

December 12, 2011 — Jennifer Frazer
A Bleeding, Breathing Billboard Starring Serratia

A Bleeding, Breathing Billboard Starring Serratia

Just days after Sci Am published my story on the "bleeding" bacterium Serratia marcescens , a friend sent me this video, in which the marketing department behind the film "Contagion" up north apparently decided to go super-geek and cook up something delightful.

November 20, 2011 — Jennifer Frazer
Sponges: The Original Animal House

Sponges: The Original Animal House

So, you're a bunch of sister-cells looking to get together and form the world's first animal co-op, a place where you and your buddies can all live together in a little socialist utopia and specialize in doing one chore, rather than trying to do everything at once like those foolish, single-celled, rugged-individualist protists.

November 17, 2011 — Jennifer Frazer

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