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    TEM of a section through Naegleria fowleri, a free-living amoeba found in warm bodies of fresh water that can invade and attack the human nervous system and brain, causing primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Although this occurs rarely, such an infection nearly always results in the death of the victim.

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    Paul Gleave TEM of a section through Naegleria fowleri protozoan, brain eating amoeba

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This mysterious brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, is the stuff of nightmares

You all just need to go read this now. I think that this post is something that fathers (who tend not to "get" all of that peaceful parenting stuff) can really wrap their brains around.

Naegleria fowleri - a microscopic amoeba that can cause a very rare, but severe, infection of the brain, usually fatal. The amoeba is commonly found in warm freshwater (for example, lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and soil.

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Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicting a Giardia lamblia protozoan undergoing binary fission, creating what appears to be a microscopic “heart.”

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The details that slip by in every moment.: When it comes to creativity, all of that information, subconscious or otherwise , is important. It’s the ideas and experiences you store in your brain that impact the creation of new ideas and solutions to problems. Being aware of all the input you’re missing out on leads to a simple way to trick your brain into being more creative: by actively causing your more conscious mind to observe some of the subconscious bits you encounter.