microbes
Image of the Day: Riding on Raindrops
Image of the Day: Riding on Raindrops
The Scientist Staff | Mar 13, 2017
A single raindrop falling on dry soil can spray a mist carrying thousands of microbes into the atmosphere. 
Underwater “City” Built by Microbes
Underwater “City” Built by Microbes
Catherine Offord | Jun 7, 2016
Columns and pavement-like structures found in the Ionian Sea were built by bacteria.
Controlling Synthetic Bacteria
Controlling Synthetic Bacteria
Kate Yandell | Dec 7, 2015
“Kill switches” ensure that genetically engineered bacteria survive only in certain environmental conditions.
Nanobombs Terminate Foodborne Microbes
Nanobombs Terminate Foodborne Microbes
Nsikan Akpan | Mar 5, 2015
Researchers engineer water nanostructures to wipe out pathogens that can spoil food and pose health risks.
The Energy of Life
The Energy of Life
Jeffrey Marlow and Jan Amend | Feb 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.
Imagining a “World Without Microbes”
Imagining a “World Without Microbes”
Tracy Vence | Dec 18, 2014
Eradication of microbial disease likely accompanied by poor quality of life for remaining species
Microbes in a Tar Pit
Microbes in a Tar Pit
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 8, 2014
Microdroplets of water in a natural asphalt lake are home to active microbial life, a study shows.
Early Evidence
Early Evidence
Abby Olena | Mar 1, 2014
Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.
Microbial Mediators
Microbial Mediators
Tracy Vence | Nov 11, 2013
Researchers show that symbiotic bacteria can help hyenas communicate with one another.
Plastic Reefs
Plastic Reefs
Ed Yong | Jul 17, 2013
Plastic fragments are changing the ecology of the oceans by providing havens for bugs and bacteria.