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Stories by 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

Nematode Roundworms Own This Place

The next time you find yourself becoming mosquito chow, remember this video: This is Strelkovimermis spiculatis -- a parasitic nematode, or roundworm -- casually escaping from an unlucky, soon-to-be-expired mosquito larva...

February 9, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Mosses With a Real Inferiority Complex

Mosses, which probably already have an inferiority complex, must feel especially inferior in Sequoia National Park. When you stand in the shadows of giants, how will you ever get noticed?If you are lucky, someone like Lena Coleman will come to your rescue.You may have recently read David Quammen's wonderful profile of The President, the second-largest tree on Earth and a resident of Sequoia National Park...

February 8, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Darwin's Neon Golf Balls

The beech orange, likely Cyttaria darwinii. These were sprouting near Ushuala in southern Argentina. Image courtesy Bruce Muller; used with permission.

January 15, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Archaea Are More Wonderful Than You Know

Thermococcus gammatolerans -- a flagellate archaeon that thrives in hot, oxygen-starved waters. Note the tuft of flagella. This microbe lives in water hotter than about 160F.

January 12, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

The Dark Bacillus Crystal

Toxic "parasporal" crystals of Bacillus thuringiensis. Jim Buckman/ P.R. Johnston. Public domain. In this photograph are elegant, microscopic agents of death.

December 20, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
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