Author Archives: Jennifer Frazer

Stromatolites Defy Odds by A) Living B) on Land

A life form that once ruled the planet has turned up unexpectedly in Tasmania

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Surprise Discovered Inside Shaggy, Shimmying Protists [Video]

Microbes contain astounding new organelle of unknown function: the rotatosome

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Leaf Fungus Smoothie Brings Endangered Hawaiian Flower Back From the Brink

Yet surprisingly, the most common organism in said smoothie was the very pathogen it was trying to prevent

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Some Deep-Sea Ornaments to Brighten a Dark Day [Video]

Slow down and savor a few moments of scientific wonder

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Chocolate Trees Shower Young with Disease-Fighting Leaves

Cacao plants have an internal microbiome they can pass to seedlings just as human moms do

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Deep-Sea Surprise: The Forest of the Weird

Scientists encountered an unexpected glass sponge garden this summer in the deep Pacific

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Parasite Can Pass Warnings between Co-Joined Hosts

The plant parasite dodder grafts itself to multiple hosts, fusing the plants into a superorganism that can produce surprising effects

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Bacteria Stab Amoebas to Escape Being Eaten

One species has found yet another use for a favorite bacterial multitool

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New Glimpses of Rare Deep Sea Siphonphores

2017 has produced a beautiful crop

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Moldy Rock Pulled from 2,500 Feet Underground

Swedes searching for nuclear waste storage site stumble on a pocket of fungi that may reveal a huge hidden reservoir of life

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Learn about Rocky Mountain Mushrooms with Yours Truly

Curious about mushrooms? Live in Colorado?

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New Trove of Lichen Fossils Expands Total from 15 to 167

Botanical bonanza is also a trove of eye candy

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The Sea Cucumber That Became a Jellyfish [Video]

Calling Cthulhu …

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The Giant Shipworm, Revealed at Last [Video]

An animal that eluded collection for hundreds of years bolsters deep-sea colonization hypothesis

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Are These Trilobite Eggs?

Mystery of trilobite reproduction may at last be solved

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15-Million-Year-Old Pinecones Can Still Move [Video]

In 15 million years, you will not be moving anything

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Pores Inside Bacteria Are Eerily Familiar

Freshwater bacteria from Australia surprise scientists with a suite of features unlike any seen before

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The Venus Flytrap Anemone Is Doubly Well Named [Video]

Two alien, beautiful creatures are all in a day’s work for deep-sea explorers

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The Mesmerizing Motions of Starfish Larvae [Video]

The flow patterns starfish larvae generate while going about their business have an otherworldly beauty

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These Fins Are Made For Walking

The sea robin looks nothing like a robin — or anything else, really.

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Inside the U.S.’s Only Ocean Exploration Ship

Okeanos Explorer is like Houston, Cape Canaveral and the space shuttle all rolled into one

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Why Do Dust Mites Seem to Shun the Western U.S.?

A new study fails to find evidence of dust mites in dust samples from most of the west. Are there really none out there?

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Go West, Allergy Sufferers: Dust Mites Avoid Arid America

But don’t go too far west—the West Coast (like its eastern counterpart) is a mite utopia

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Life Is a Highway: Watch Bacteria Riding the Fungal Expressway [Video]

And they ride it all night long

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The Gorgeous and Bizarre Dandelion Siphonophore [Video]

An ocean treasure to end the year right

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A Very Festive and Very Spiny Urchin [Video]

Sea urchin? Or tree topper?

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Guillotined Acorn Worms Simply Regrow Their Heads [Video]

Studying the worms’ miraculous abilities could one day lead to treatments for dementia, paralysis and amputations

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Leaf Mines Say Southern Hemisphere Recovered Faster from Asteroid

Insect-damaged fossil leaves indicate recovery five million years sooner than the Northern Hemisphere

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Wonderful Things: The Bubblegum Coral and the Whatever [Video]

Even in 2016 scientists can still stumble on large deep-sea creatures that stump them

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Halloween in the Deep: Eerie Critters [Video]

Get yourself in the mood for scary with some creatures from waaaaay down under

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