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.
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.
Serratia marcescens: A Tale of Bleeding Statues, Cursed Polenta, Insect Liquefaction, and Contact Lens Cases
The many colors of Serratia marcescens. Image courtesy Dr. Robert Shanks, the University of Pittsburgh. Over on the news side today is an article I put together for Scientific American Online on some mysterious, ubiquitous, and sometimes-deadly red bacteria that are probably at this moment living in your shower grout and contact lens case.
Remember this flower, and the post on the slide show of herbarium sheets at Duke I did a few weeks ago? A short while after I posted it I received an astonishing letter about it from a man named John MacDougal.
If you had to guess which organism possesses sperm with 40,000 tails, what would you guess? Elephant? Whale? Chuck Norris? Would you have guessed that it belongs to a plant?This is the sperm of Zamia roezlii .
Well, since I hate the relentless (though entirely necessary) nagging of NPR fund drives so much I have refrained from mentioning the Science Bloggers for Students Fund Drive and the microscope sub-drive I'm running (and if you missed it the first time, go check out the cool videos here) since I first announced it.
The geocarpic fruits of Spinelia genuflexa. Creative Commons Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil. Click image for license and link. The above plant is a sweet little creature, yet may not seem particularly noteworthy.
For years, ripples at the surface of the Dead Sea hinted there was something mysterious going on beneath its salt-laden waters. But in a lake where accidentally swallowing the water while diving could lead to near-instant asphyxiation, no one was in a hurry to find out what it might be.This year, some intrepid divers changed that, stumbling onto a geological and biological treasure and capturing it on video.
The Artful Amoeba is proud to participate in this year's Science Bloggers for Students science classroom fund drive (read more about this year's project at Janet Stemwedel's Doing Good Science blog).
When I took botany and taxonomy of vascular plants in college, we spent many an hour poring over specimens under dissecting microscopes pulled with tweezers from smelly jars of preserving liquid.
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