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Stories by Jennifer Frazer

Wonderful Things: Don't Eat the Pink Snow

If you stumbled one midsummer on the melting snow in the image below, what would you imagine produced the strange color? Translated German caption: "Snow area with Chlamydomonas nivalis (snow blood) near Abisko (Northern Sweden)" Creative Commons Ökologix...

July 9, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Green Alga Found to Prey on Bacteria, Bolstering Endosymbiotic Theory

A green alga with throat- and stomach-like structures can swallow and digest bacteria when deprived of light, further bolstering Lynn Margulis's widely accepted idea that the origin of the plant-powering chloroplast was a fortuitous bout of indigestion.Termed "Endosymbiotic Theory", the idea is that early nucleated cells called eukaryotes ate bacteria that managed to escape digestion but also couldn't escape their captors...

June 30, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Is This Spindly Fossil a 3-Billion-Year-Old Eukaryote?

One of the planet's former dominant species? A proposed microfossil from Western Australian Quartzite. To preserve the detail in this image in the space I have, I cropped the image and moved the scale bar, but preserved its proportion to the image...

June 27, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Pirates, Charles Darwin, and One Very Un-Extinct Dodo

"Dodo Birds". Black and amber chalk on cream paper. By Roelandt Savery, ca. 1626. Public Domain; click for source Any animated film starring pirates, Charles Darwin, and a dodo is going to be worthy of mention here, but Aardman Animations -- of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run fame -- has outdone itself with "The Pirates!: Band of Misfits"...

May 22, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Thank You, Domain Archaea ...

The Midway Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park, teeming with colorful archaea and bacteria. Creative Commons Wing-Chi Poon. Click image for license and source.

May 15, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

The Swimming Sea Cucumber and the Exploding Paint Pack

Sea cucumbers aren't all boring, trundling bags. Some of them swim -- and glow. Though I opted to focus on creatures found at greater depths in my last post, one of the creatures observed by the Deepsea Challenger expedition in the New Britain Trench at a relatively shallow 1000 meters was just such a swimming sea cucumber...

April 18, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

True-ish (and Hilarious) Facts About the Anglerfish

Anglerfish and comedy always seemed like a natural pairing. But it took internet humorist Ze Frank to bring the two together in one delicious dish. The natural history documentary parody series "True Facts About ..." by Frank has become a minor youtube sensation...

March 28, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Cameron's Team Divulges Discoveries in Deepest Trenches on Earth

It's often said that we know less about the bottom of our own ocean than we do about the surface of Mars. The governments of the world, and our government in particular, seem presently much less than enthusiastic about exploring the oceans of our own planet than in exploring other planets (ocean research seems to have taken a particular hit in the last decade of Congressional budget cuts, although admittedly, all agencies have seen cutbacks)...

February 22, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer
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