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Extinction by Design: Rinderpest

Blogger's note: I am going to be out of blog contact for the next several weeks as I get hitched (yay!), honeymoon (double yay!), and move (goodbye Colorado!

September 27, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

Deadly and Delicious Amanitas Can No Longer Decompose

The iconic Amanita muscaria. You may have seen some smurfs living in one of these. Public domain; click image for link. Amanita mushrooms -- like all creatures -- rot, but most of them can't rot other things.The fact that they don't rot other things is not news to biologists, who have long known that many, if not most, fungi have become professional partners with trees, plants, or algae.The fact that they can't rot other things -- as reported in July in PLoS ONE -- is news, and provides a clue to how symbiotic partnerships can withstand the temptations of leaving and the sometimes dissonant interests of their symbiotic partners...

September 21, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

The Brain-Eating Amoeba in Minnesota -- Live

Last Thursday I received an email from the media coordinator for Scientific American about a brain-eating microbe. It's not every day you get to answer the call of duty on one of those.Minnesota Public Radio had asked to interview me about a microorganism suspected in the death of a young boy in the state this year -- only the second time in the state's history and the second in two years...

August 12, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

What Does a Marmot Sound Like?

What happens when squirrels invade the tundra? Well, in one case, they got chubby, fluffy, flappy-tailed, and occasionally kinda cranky, sorta like a hydrophobic alpine beaver.

August 7, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
The Amoeba Collective

The Amoeba Collective

Dear Readers — As you are probably well aware by now, today is the Sci Am Blog network’s One Year Anniversary! So, in honor of that fact, we are asking our readers to come forward and identify themselves...

July 5, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

The Lost Valley of the Wollemi Pine

In 1994, New South Wales National Parks & Wildlife Service Officer David Noble stumbled on some trees in a canyon in an inaccessible part of Wollemi National Park.

June 30, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

An Echidna Snuggles in for a Snooze

After nearly two months of wandering the Southern Hemisphere and a few weeks of recovery post-return, it's time to get back into the blogging here at the Artful Amoeba.

June 23, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

The Glowing Spider-Worms of New Zealand

Imagine you are a tiny caddisfly pupa. When you emerge from your pupal case, it is dark, but not pitch black, and high above you, you see the faint glow of a starry sky.

May 21, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

Postcards from Rangitoto, Part 2

When we left the volcano Rangitoto two posts ago, I promised more Down Under fern excitement. For the six of you still here, here we go!Toward the beginning of my hike I saw signs pointing to a kidney fern glen or gully...

May 11, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

Postcards from Rangitoto

A week and a half ago I stepped off a plane and into the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in my life. In spite of 12 hours of cramped legs and loud children heedless of fellow travelers' sleep needs, it was an exhilarating feeling...

April 29, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

Mitochondria Are Related to Ocean Bacteria, But Not to the Ones We Thought

Your floor-model animal mitochondrion. Public domain. Click for link. Two billion years ago, around the time atmospheric oxygen levels were rising, one cell engulfed another, and instead of becoming lunch, the ingestee became an Earth-changer and, eventually, a vital part of you: mitochondria.These microscopic cell inhabitants/engines allowed their host cell to suddenly begin to burn oxygen when digesting their food, an energy source that vastly expanded the amount of energy they could harvest from a given morsel of food...

April 16, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer
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