Microbes

  1. 3-D printed doll's face
    Materials Science

    New 3-D printed materials harness the power of bacteria

    The three-dimensional materials contain live bacteria and could generate wound dressings or clean up pollutants.

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  2. ocean water samples
    Oceans

    In the deep ocean, these bacteria play a key role in trapping carbon

    Mysterious nitrite-oxidizing bacteria capture more carbon than previously thought and may be the primary engine at the base of the deep ocean’s food web.

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  3. bowl of cookie batter
    Health & Medicine

    Step away from the cookie dough. E. coli outbreaks traced to raw flour

    Flour, though low in moisture, can sicken people with E. coli toxins if it is eaten raw.

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  4. Lena Pernas
    Life

    Lena Pernas sees parasitic infection as a kind of Hunger Games

    In studies of Toxoplasma, parasitologist Lena Pernas has reframed infection as a battle between invader and a cell’s mitochondria.

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  5. Harding Icefield in Alaska
    Microbes

    Now we know how much glacial melting ‘watermelon snow’ can cause

    Algae that give snow a red tint are making glacial snow in Alaska melt faster.

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  6. Zika virus
    Genetics

    The Zika epidemic began long before anyone noticed

    Zika spread undetected into Brazil and Florida, a genetic study suggests.

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  7. aerial view of Trichodesmium microbes
    Climate

    Ocean acidification may hamper food web’s nitrogen-fixing heroes

    A new look at marine Trichodesmium microbes suggests trouble for nitrogen fixation in an acidifying ocean.

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  8. cyanobacteria
    Life

    Origin of photosynthesis may go further back than estimates from 50 years ago

    Analyzing ancient rocks has helped push back the date when photosynthetic organisms first emerged by nearly a billion years.

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  9. hematite
    Paleontology

    Oldest microfossils suggest life thrived on Earth about 4 billion years ago

    A new claim for the oldest microfossils on Earth suggests that life may have originated in hydrothermal vents, but some scientists have doubts.

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  10. Naica mine in Chihuahua, Mexico
    Microbes

    Microbes survived inside giant cave crystals for up to 50,000 years

    Microbes trapped in crystals in Mexico's Naica mine may represent some of the most distinct life-forms found in Earth so far.

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  11. gulf drilling
    Earth

    Fossil microbes show how some life bounced back after dino-killing impact

    Pioneering microbes colonized the waters above the Chicxulub crater within hundreds of years following the impact, new research shows.

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  12. bag of salad greens
    Microbes

    Cut leaves in bagged salads help Salmonella grow

    Juice from torn-up leafy greens helps Salmonella spread in bagged salads.

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