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The Latest on Microbes: New Insights Into the Life Lived on the Wee Small

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Microbes, they get a bad rap. But not all microbes are bad news. A couple new papers shed light on the latest good news on the microbial front.

Drillers Make Surprising Discovery In Icy Muck

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 09.11.2013 | Science

Researchers have found signs of life in mud pulled from the bottom of an ice-covered lake in Antarctica. Studying microbes in such extreme and closed-...

The Obesity Plague and Antibiotics

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Can the growing obesity epidemic be linked to over-prescribed antibiotics? The Epidemic You don't have to look far to get a sense that many Americans ...

DNA Technique Offers New Vista On Invisible Life

| Elizabeth Pennisi | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science

Microbes are everywhere—even inside us. But because so many of these bugs won't grow in the lab, scientists have had a tough time figuring out just ...

Ancient Icy Lake Teeming With Complex Life?

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 07.09.2013 | Science

Microbes that live inside fish intestines are among the array of life that appear to have been found in ice drilled from above Lake Vostok, the deepes...

Tiny 'Forks' May Bring Huge Advance In Hospital Care

| Tim Wogan | Posted 07.01.2013 | Science

A patient admitted to a hospital with a serious bacterial infection may have only a few hours to live. Figuring out which antibiotic to administer, ho...

How Diet Can Bug Your Gut

Dr. Franck Carbonero | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Franck Carbonero

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the potential relation between diet, microbiome and colorectal cancer risk. To explore this disparity, we switched the diet in healthy subjects from a traditional high fat, high meat, low fiber Western diet to a high fiber Zulu African diet, and vice versa.

Germier Than You Ever Imagined

Posted 05.23.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 05/22/2013 05:28 PM EDT on LiveScience Your loyal pooch may be bringing a whole world o...

YUCK: Early Earth Had Surprising Stench

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/29/2013 03:13 PM EDT on LiveScience Kids like to taunt each other with the cry, "Las...

WATCH: Tiny Tentacled 'Monsters' Found In Animal's Guts

Posted 04.06.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 04/04/2013 02:48 PM EDT on LiveScience Scientists have discovered two new species of strange-looking micr...

Ancient Life Form 'Breathes' Rocket Fuel Ingredient, Study Shows

Posted 04.05.2013 | Science

By: Jesse Emspak, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/04/2013 02:11 PM EDT on LiveScience An ancient form of life can use an ingredient in rocke...

Tiny Caffeine Fiends Could Have Big Application

The Huffington Post | Melissa Cronin | Posted 03.29.2013 | Science

It looks like humans aren't the only ones who need a daily caffeine fix. A team of microbiologists at the University of Texas, Austin, has genetic...

'OMG Microscope' Captures Cells In Stunning Color

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.28.2013 | Science

Around 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year--but how many of us have actually seen a cancer cell up close? New technology develo...

Weird Microbe Has HOW MANY Sexes?

| Posted 03.27.2013 | Science

By Beth Skwarecki If you thought the battle of the genders was complicated, try having seven sexes. When Tetrahymena, a single-celled creature co...

Weird Iron-Breathing Bacteria Spotlighted In New Study

| Posted 03.26.2013 | Science

By Sid Perkins Using stripped-down versions of living cells, researchers have confirmed which proteins allow certain bacteria to breathe iron and ...

WOW: Strange Sunless Realm Teems With Life

Reuters | Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle | Posted 05.19.2013 | Science

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Microbes are thriving in surprising numbers at the deepest spot in the ocea...

Microbes Likely Roam Deep Within Ocean's Crust

Posted 03.15.2013 | Science

By: Becky Oskin, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer Published: 03/14/2013 02:02 PM EDT on LiveScience An entire ecosystem living without light or oxyge...

What Germs On Earth Suggest About Life On Mars

Posted 02.26.2013 | Science

By: Rod Pyle, SPACE.com Contributor Published: 02/25/2013 04:24 PM EST on SPACE.com LOS ANGELES — While Mars was likely a more hospitable plac...

Gut Check: Science Probes Frontier Within Us Made Up of Millions and Billions of Microbes

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The microbiome is a relatively new frontier for scientists, who have only begun to examine how microbes might affect the function of our bodies.

5 Food Myths Debunked

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger, Nathanael Johnson, award-winning journalist I grew up in a nature-worshipping, somewhat hippie family, and with my book, All Natur...

Farm To Fork Across America: Sea-Crop Soup, From Sea To Shining Sea

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

In a Tacoma holding pattern, waiting for Lee's return from sailing across the Pacific, I continued seeking out American heroes who are making changes in food quality.

FYI, Your Kitchen Is Probably Dirtier Than A Toilet Seat

Food & Wine | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste
Food & Wine

"In most cases, it's safer to make a salad on a toilet seat than it is to make one on a cutting board," says Dr. Charles Gerba (a.k.a. Dr. Germ).

E.T. Secrets Hide Beneath Ice On Earth, Scientists Say

Posted 05.29.2012 | Science

Microbes living at the edges of Arctic ice sheets could help researchers pinpoint evidence for similar microorganisms that may have evolved on Mars, J...

WATCH: How To Conquer The Compost Bin

Posted 01.20.2012 | Latino Voices

About 8 years ago, I got a compost bin. I was on my way to doing my part. And I failed miserably. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen for me. So ...

Sharing Absolutely Everything: The Human Imperative

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 03.17.2012 | Good News
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

From before our first breath, from the moment of conception, we share. It is the fundamental verb of human existence.