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Microbes

Spreading Viruses in the Bath

Medical Discovery News | Posted 10.19.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog You never know when you walk into a public restroom what you will be using to dry your hands. The options us...

Microscopic astronauts: BIOMEX and the search for life on Mars

ResearchGate | Posted 06.22.2016 | Science
ResearchGate

If you found life on Mars, would you recognize it? Cyprien Verseux explores life in space. He's currently living in an 11-meter-diameter dome in isol...

E.T., We Know You're Home: The Search For Our Own Alien Life

Dr. Bill Miller | Posted 06.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Bill Miller

Everybody has an opinion about the possibility of alien life. In the movies, contact commonly starts with a violent encounter. Sometimes, the story in...

Are We Prepared for Emerging Infectious Diseases?

Medical Discovery News | Posted 05.24.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

In the past several years, we have heard a lot about infectious microbes threatening the public health of all Americans. Some of the names of these agents seemed foreign at first but are familiar now - Ebola, MERS and Zika. But are these really new viruses causing disease?

The Double Vision of Blind Faith

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead ...

John Dupré Interview: Deeper into the Royal Society Evolution Paradigm Shift Meeting

Suzan Mazur | Posted 02.07.2017 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Since the upcoming Royal Society meeting on evolution paradigm shift is a public one, one of its organizers -- British philosopher John Dupré -- recently agreed to answer some of my questions about the event.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 30. Dirty Hands.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.24.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Relationships are hard. Conflict is everywhere. Lately, Michelle has been trying to blame Lev's farts on me, even though -- and I swear I am not making this up -- only one of us can hiccup and fart at the same time, and it's not me. (Tried. Can't.)

The Microbes Living In Your Home Say A Lot About You

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.01.2015 | Science

There are thousands of microbial species crawling around your home right now -- and they can reveal a lot about you and anyone else who lives there. T...

From Germ Theory to the Microbiome: Why Microbes Still Rule Our Lives

Alanna Collen | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Alanna Collen

We now have an opportunity to shift the focus from simply diagnosing and treating ill health to understanding, curing and preventing it. Caring for our microbes gives us a chance to conquer this new wave of illness, and live healthier, happier lives.

Riding the Evolution Paradigm Shift With Eugene Koonin

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.07.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Eugene Koonin is director of the Evolutionary Genomics Group at the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as its senior investigator. He is also senior investigator at the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

Bacteria Never Looked More Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.15.2015 | Science

Who knew bacteria could be so mesmerizing? Rogan Brown, for one. The artist, based in southern France, has created a stunning paper sculpture that ...

This Will Make You Want To Wash Your Hands And Boil Everything

Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Unless you live in a plastic bubble, germs and bacteria are on every surface you touch. Apparently, even washing your hands promises very little prote...

Healthier Soils Will Give Us - and the Planet -- a Healthier Century

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 02.07.2015 | Science
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

The soil clearly must be protected, and to do that, we need to understand it. But we're making great strides now, and they're going to make agriculture more productive and sustainable -- better for us and the earth.

A Single Kiss Can Transfer WAY More Germs Than You Ever Knew

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.17.2014 | Science

Kissing just got a whole lot less romantic--at least for germaphobes. A new study shows that a single French kiss can transfer up to 80 million ba...

Adding Bacteria To Photography Amounts To An Art-Meets-Science Explosion

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts

South Korea-based artist Seung-Hwan Oh doesn't just develop his photographs. He subjects them to the strange, sometimes violent whims of microbes. The...

Life Discovered In Lake That Hasn't Seen Sunlight For Millions Of Years

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 08.21.2014 | Science

Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, teems with microscopic life. Tiny organisms dwell on the ice and live inside glaciers, and now, researchers co...

Antibiotic Batman Finds His Robin (Part 1)

Ann Reid | Posted 09.10.2014 | Science
Ann Reid

On June 25, 2014, the following scientific study made the cover of the prestigious journal Nature: "Aspergillomarasmine A overcomes metallo-β-lactamase antibiotic resistance." Doesn't exactly sound earth-shattering, does it? But the discovery of a fungal compound that restores the efficacy of one of our antibiotics of last resort is, in fact, huge news.

WATCH: Bizarre Bacterial 'Swimming' Explained

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science

Bacteria are some of the simplest organisms, yet they are capable of surprisingly complex behavior. When Bacillus subtilis bacteria, a species normall...

David Freeman

LISTEN: How Our Obsession With Killing Bacteria Could Actually Be Killing Us

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Science

Dr. Martin J. Blaser has one big theory about a lot of little things. The little things are microorganisms--the estimated 100-plus trillion bacter...

Trust Your Gut

Ann Reid | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Ann Reid

Quick: What do you say when someone tells you that your entire body is covered in bacteria? A) "Yuck!" or B) "Yay!" If your answer was A, you're not alone, but your gut would certainly disagree.

Show Your State Pride With... Bacteria?

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 04.03.2014 | Weird News

State legislators like to claim official symbols for nearly everything. There are state birds, state dinosaurs, even a state question (New Mexico's ...

Fermenting Chocolate

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 04.09.2014 | Home
Heritage Radio Network

When you are enjoying your dessert this Valentine's Day, think about the fascinating microbes that made it all possible.

Jacqueline Howard

WATCH: Here's Why You're Not Who You Think You Are

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.11.2014 | Science

Did you know that you're not just one living thing? No, you're actually an entire ecosystem of teeny tiny, creepy crawly, living microbes. They're all...

Goats, Gills and Guts: Animals in the News

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Our furry and scaly fellow subjects of the animal kingdom never cease to surprise and amaze. Consider these three fascinating stories ripped from recent headlines.

Microbes: Nature's Greatest Gift

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Killing bugs has become a modern-day pastime. Just scan the products on offer at your local supermarket. There's anti-bacterial this and antiseptic that. Is our antimicrobial obsession making us sick?