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Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

By | May 26, 2017

Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.

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image: Image of the Day: 3-Billion-Year-Old Bubbles 

Image of the Day: 3-Billion-Year-Old Bubbles 

By | May 10, 2017

Fossilized gas bubbles, formed from being trapped by microbial biofilms, provide the oldest signature of life in terrestrial hot springs.

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The plumes that erupt through the cracks on the icy exterior of one of Saturn’s moons contain molecular hydrogen, researchers report.

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Image of the Day: Sharp Shooters

By | April 4, 2017

Single-celled dinoflagellates (Polykrikos) use harpoon-like organelles to hunt and capture prey.

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image: Image of the Day: Riding on Raindrops

Image of the Day: Riding on Raindrops

By | March 14, 2017

A single raindrop falling on dry soil can spray a mist carrying thousands of microbes into the atmosphere. 

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image: Underwater “City” Built by Microbes

Underwater “City” Built by Microbes

By | June 7, 2016

Columns and pavement-like structures found in the Ionian Sea were built by bacteria.

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Controlling Synthetic Bacteria

By | December 7, 2015

“Kill switches” ensure that genetically engineered bacteria survive only in certain environmental conditions.

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image: Nanobombs Terminate Foodborne Microbes

Nanobombs Terminate Foodborne Microbes

By | March 5, 2015

Researchers engineer water nanostructures to wipe out pathogens that can spoil food and pose health risks.

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The Energy of Life

By | February 1, 2015

Extremophiles should not be viewed through an anthropocentric lens; what’s extreme for us may be a perfectly comfortable environment for a microbe.

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image: Imagining a “World Without Microbes”

Imagining a “World Without Microbes”

By | December 18, 2014

Eradication of microbial disease likely accompanied by poor quality of life for remaining species

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