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Through the eye of a microbe

Alien-looking termite gut denizens at the SF Exploratorium!

Seldom do protists show up in public places (as man-made creations; plenty of them thrive happily unseen), especially those who reside where the sun don't shine: the hindgut of wood-eating termites and cockroaches.

April 20, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

A happy nucleus

This Mayorella 's (?) nucleus is smiling and wishing you a very happy day =) The auspicious pattern is formed by heterochromatin clumps. To the right of the nucleus is a contractile vacuole -- devoid of any emotion this time.

April 17, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

Ciliate gluttony (again)

Frontonia are a large, gluttonous species of ciliates, which makes them a wonderful, colourful, subject of microphotography. Despite the modest appearance of their mouth, they can swallow some impressively big prey -- the suture beneath the mouth can open to widen the engulfment.

April 12, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

A budding crescent

I'll return to blogging by starting off with a stunningly boring micrograph. Here, you can see a narrow blob, with a blob attached, and a stem below.

March 28, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

Cyanobacteria meet again

A free-living cyanobacterium (above) lies next to its brethren from a distant past, now a chloroplast coiled up and trapped (for good) within a eukaryotic cell (bottom).

February 25, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

Diatom on a stalk, in slime

Here's a diatom (alga in a glass case), probably Cymbella sp. (apparently also called "rock snot"...),  sitting atop a stalk of mucilage. These diatoms can sometimes be seen on rocks in creeks and streams as fuzzy brown stuff growing, comprised of large colonies.

February 17, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

Frivolous Photo Friday: Stockfish. And microbes, still!

I meant to throw these stockfish photos up during Science Online as compensation, but there wasn't exactly any downtime at that conference. At all. Shocking and entirely unexpected, I know.

February 8, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

Hints for Mystery Micrograph #02

Back from #scio13, an awesome conference on online science communication in Raleigh, NC. Fingers poised for MOAR blogging! For now, I'll drop some hints for the yet-unsolved Mystery Micrograph from a while ago.

February 6, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction
The beauty of sewage

The beauty of sewage

Microbiologists might comprise the vast majority of people who get excited about sewage and other putrid-smelling places. A sample of activated sludge or a treatment pond make wonderful presents for bacteriologists and protistologists alike.

January 31, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

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