Scientists Discover a Tiny Monster in Canada’s Arctic Ice

No one said that monsters needed to be big or even scary. But when James Dwight Dana first spotted one strange plankton species back in the 19th century, he knew he had something weird on his hands. “Little monster,” Monstrilla seemed like as good a name as any. After all, scientists can name species after pretty much anything, even penises. Read More >>

This Microbe Could Be the Planet’s Most Prolific Predator

This microscopic diplonemid doesn’t look like much, but it’s one of the most abundant single-celled hunters in the ocean. Researchers from the University of British Columbia have become the first to identify and photograph this surprisingly elusive — but ecologically important – sea creature. Read More >>

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NASA Captures North Sea Algae in Full Bloom 

Every summer, the population of algae in the North Atlantic reaches a peak, with the blue-green colour of the phytoplankton causing the ocean to visibly change, even from space. Read More >>

Enter the Mysterious World of the Ocean’s Most Important Creatures

Plankton are incredibly tiny creatures that sometimes look like microscopic glass snowflakes, drifting through the ocean's water column. But they are actually among the most important life forms in the ocean. This short video introduces you to them, and gives you a look at their mysterious life cycles. Read More >>

Space Station Cosmonauts Found Life in the Vacuum of Space

The Russian press agency ITAR-TASS is reporting something so surprising that I'm having a hard time believing it: Cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station. Russian scientists are shocked by this discovery and can't really explain how it is possible. Read More >>

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This Is the True Colour of the Black Sea

The Black Sea looks crazy right now, as you can see in this photo taken by the MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite on July 15. These intense swirls are the work of a microorganism called coccolithophore, a "calcite-shedding phytoplankton [that] can colour much of the Black Sea cyan." Read More >>