Tag Archives: Kinetitrophic

More on Eating Motion: The Click Mechanism

In previous posts I have speculated on the existence of  kinetitrophic autotrophic  organisms–creatures which are able to create food for their metabolism out of the energy of motion.  Picture a bacterium attached to a substrate, with its flagellum spinning in … Continue reading

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A Billion False Alarms

This photograph from Widipedia Commons was taken by “Bidgee.” If we assume that dinoflagellates use energy to make light (the “energy use” idea) then this is a photograph of a huge number of the tiny organisms flashing because of a … Continue reading

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Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates are Kinetitrophic Organisms

In previous posts I stated that I think bioluminescent dinoflagellates are exhibiting a special type of autotrophic behavior, converting kinetic energy into chemical energy.  I call the process kinetisynthesis or kinetitrophic behavior.  The organisms release a short flash of light … Continue reading

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Bioluminescence in Dinoflagellates

Let’s examine the argument that bioluminescent dinoflagellates are capable of converting kinetic energy into chemical energy—that they are a special type of autotrophic organism that I call kinetitrophic. There is a special irony here because there are a number of … Continue reading

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Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates

Bioluminescent dinoflagellates have been studied extensively for a number of reasons.  One reason is that they are fun. Here are a number of links to photographs and movies of the luminescence. Here   Another one More  Here is a National Geographic … Continue reading

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What does a Kinetitrophic Organism Look Like?

If you look for a hypothetical organism that is able to convert kinetic energy into biochemical energy, what would you look for?  Maybe something that is attached to a substrate but able to move in the wind or a current? … Continue reading

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Starting a Conversation: On Kinetitrophic Organisms

Organisms that create their own energy for living are called autotrophs.  Plants are examples of autotrophs.  When plants use light as a source of energy the process is called photosynthesis. There are also chemical autotrophs, or organisms that convert the … Continue reading

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