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World's Oldest Fossils Discovered In Region Known For Ancient Rocks

Posted 01.04.2013 | Science

Three-and-a-half billion years is a long time — after all, humans have only been around for about 2.3 million years. But scientists working in Weste...

EXPLAINED: How World's Worst Extinction Event Unfolded

Posted 12.06.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 12/05/2012 11:54 AM EST on LiveScience SAN FRANCISCO — Nickel-eating bacteria may have worsene...

It's Get Smart About Antibiotics Week!

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We are entering cold and flu season, and it's natural to want to do everything possible to keep our families healthy. So it's understandable that many people want their doctors to give them antibiotics. After all, they have an infection and antibiotics treat infections, right?

Are Antibiotics Making Us Fat?

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but it might also do us in. A growing body of data suggests that a wide range of ills, from allergies and asthma to metabolic disease and superbugs, may be the consequence of our war on germs.

Do Organic Foods Promote Better Health?

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.12.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

The interesting (and disturbing) fact is that if you count yourself among those who want no part of pesticides in food, the Stanford study likely confirms your belief that organics are better. But if you just read the headlines and media hype on the paper, you would miss that entirely.

Ending FDA Paralysis on Antibiotics With Two Court Victories and a Push for Transparency

Peter Lehner | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Peter Lehner

It's time for FDA to step up and ensure that antibiotics are preserved for when we need them most: to heal sick people.

Researchers Put '5 Second Rule' To The Test

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 05.11.2012 | Home

Do you ever eat food that's fallen on the floor? Adherents of the "five second rule" certainly do, but a new study suggests that more bacteria may sti...

The Hard Drive Of The Future Is...

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.09.2012 | Technology

Recent microbe research found that a certain type of iron-eating bacteria has the ability to produce tiny magnets. Enter magnetic bacteria. Similar to...

A Black Queen in a Blue Ocean: How Microbes Evolve to Depend on Each Other

Jeff Morris | Posted 07.02.2012 | Science
Jeff Morris

Why was it advantageous for the last common ancestor of all life to sacrifice self-sufficiency -- in other words, why is the world no longer the province of a small number of "jack of all trades" species?

Early Life Forms Used 'Redundancy' To Survive, Scientists Say

Posted 04.20.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/19/2012 07:06 PM EDT on LiveScience The earliest cells were unstable chemical systems th...

GROSS: New UC Berkeley Study Shows Humans Carry HOW Much Bacteria?

| Posted 06.02.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Susanne Rust You are a big bag of germs. And just by walking into a room, you add 37 m...

Cell Cognition and Cell Decision-Making

James A. Shapiro | Posted 05.19.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

It is common today for molecular, cell and developmental biologists to speak of cells "knowing" and "choosing" what to do under various conditions.

Can "Superbug" Slime From Stratosphere Solve Earth's Power Problem?

Posted 02.24.2012 | Science

By: InnovationNewsDaily Staff Published: 02/23/2012 04:24 PM EST on InnovationNewsDaily A U.K.-based research team has created a fuel cell that ...

What Is the Key to a Realistic Theory of Evolution?

James A. Shapiro | Posted 04.17.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Was Darwin simply mistaken about the gradual nature of hereditary variation? Such ignorance would be unavoidable before we knew about Mendelian genetics and DNA. Or was there a deeper flaw in the theory that he (and Alfred Russell Wallace) propounded?

Life In Antarctic Lake? It's Everywhere Else

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 04.10.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — If scientists find microbes in a frigid lake two miles beneath the thick ice of Antarctica, it will illustrate once again that som...

Lyme Disease Map Shows Where Disease Poses Biggest Threat

AP/The Huffington Post | By HOLLY RAMER | Posted 02.07.2012 | Science

CONCORD, N.H. -- Researchers who spent three years dragging sheets of fabric through the woods to snag ticks have created a detailed map they claim co...

New Study Suggests Surprising Cause Of Obesity

Posted 02.03.2012 | Science

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer Published: 02/03/2012 09:08 AM EST on MyHealthNewsDaily We've heard obesity can be "sp...

EPA Proposal Allows 1 in 28 People to Get Sick at U.S. Beaches

Steve Fleischli | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Steve Fleischli

EPA has a responsibility to keep our waters healthy to ensure that we are too. Instead, the agency glosses over its own science by ignoring the known risks of getting certain illnesses, like diarrhea, from swimming in contaminated waters

Treating a World Without Antibiotics?

Stanley M. Bergman | Posted 03.30.2012 | Science
Stanley M. Bergman

Because of the overuse of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance is developing all of the time. With microbial evolution outpacing human invention, a nightmare scenario is possible. And this isn't just science fiction.

PHOTOS: Beautiful Bacteria Pictures

| Christina Agapakis | Posted 03.18.2012 | Science

Bacteria grow by dividing in half, their population doubling in size as fast as every twenty minutes. In a few short hours, a bacterial culture can go...

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.

Life's Most Amazing Invisible Secrets

Andy Mannle | Posted 03.12.2012 | Science
Andy Mannle

One of my heroes, evolutionary microbiologist Lynn Margulis, died this past Thanksgiving. Here are some of her most surprising, and fascinating revelations

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria From the Fukushima Nuclear Accident?

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 03.10.2012 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Could the radiation that will be contaminating the environment surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant for hundreds of years produce bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics?

Hubris and the Tree of Life

Joseph LeDoux | Posted 03.06.2012 | Science
Joseph LeDoux

We are part of a process, not its goal or final state. Just a branch point, a distal twig, on a continuously branching limb of the tree of life. Some may feel this perspective diminishes us. I don't.

There's A 25% Chance Your Ground Meat Has A Potentially Fatal Bacteria

Posted 12.29.2011 | Home

Mark Bittman has yet another fascinating column in the New York Times, this time on the prevalence of bacteria in meat. He discusses a study that anal...