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Researchers turn to microbe beads to increase U.S. supply of rare earth metals

November 26, 2019

To help increase the U.S. supply of rare earth elements, a Critical Materials Institute team led by Lawrence…
How small is “microscopic”? And what is smaller than that?

October 5, 2019

You’ve definitely heard the word “microscopic” over and over in your life. “Those sand grains are microscopic”, “scratches…
Methane-producing microorganism makes a meal of iron

September 9, 2019

A new understanding of how an important methane-producing microorganism creates methane and carbon dioxide could eventually allow researchers…
Foodborne pathogen sheltered by harmless bacteria that support biofilm formation

August 26, 2019

Pathogenic bacteria  that stubbornly lurk in some apple-packing facilities may be sheltered and protected by harmless bacteria that…
NSF-funded workshop targets microbe-infecting viruses

July 25, 2019

An upcoming workshop at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will assemble national experts on the viruses that infect microorganisms…
Slime travelers

June 21, 2019

New UC Riverside-led research settles a longstanding debate about whether the most ancient animal communities were deliberately mobile.…
Study of microbes essential to help solve climate change problems, say scientists

June 20, 2019

Microorganisms play critical role in climate change, both producing and consuming greenhouse gases, argues U of A biologist.…
Creating flavours and fragrances from “shiki” cell factories

January 11, 2019

A big new EU project called SHIKIFACTORY100 aims at producing more than 100 high value compounds and chemicals…
Study reveals how soil bacteria are primed to consume greenhouse gas

October 31, 2018

New research has revealed that some soil bacteria are primed ready to consume the potent greenhouse gas nitrous…
Pond dwellers called Euglena swim in polygons to avoid light, Stanford researchers find

September 28, 2018

In any seemingly quiet pond the still waters actually teem with tiny pond dwellers called Euglena gracilis. Unseen to…
Trace metals make a big splash with marine microorganisms

August 22, 2018

In the ocean, a little bit of metal can go a long way. A new Cornell-led study shows…
Turning cells into factories

August 14, 2018

Researchers in the University of Georgia College of Engineering have developed a new genetic “smart circuit” that could signal an…
Putting bacteria to work

July 23, 2018

The idea of bacteria as diverse, complex perceptive entities that can hunt prey in packs, remember past experiences…
A new research revealed that tiny creatures living in complete darkness have once dominated our planet

July 18, 2018

We tend to think that dinosaurs were dominating life on Earth for a long time. However, that would…
Impact of nanoparticles: ‘Seeing is believing’

June 11, 2018

The eight electron microscopes at DTU Cen—Centre for Electron Nanoscopy—operate constantly from early morning until late afternoon at Lyngby…
Eight EU projects will generate knowledge about One Health

May 31, 2018

It has become evident that we cannot assure the health and wellbeing of people, animals and our shared…
Becoming an expert: From rock to bacteria

May 24, 2018

Microorganisms are not visible to the naked eye, but there are more than 100 million times more microbial…
Back to (Nucleic) Bases – Studying DNA aboard the International Space Station

April 26, 2018

What do astronauts, microbes, and plants all have in common? Each relies on deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) – essentially…
Breakthrough in determining ages of different microbial groups

April 11, 2018

To learn about the past, paleontologists turn to the fossil record. The occurrence, abundance and diversity of fossils…
Research shows first land plants were parasitised by microbes

April 5, 2018

Relationship between plants and filamentous microbes not only dates back millions of years, but modern plants have maintained…
Bacteria eats greenhouse gas with a side of protein

March 28, 2018

With the ability to leach heavy metals from the environment and digest a potent greenhouse gas, methanotrophic bacteria…
Self-healing masonry

March 14, 2018

Based at Cardiff University, the team have set out to produce a system that can be simply applied…
First forms of life on Earth unveiled in hot spring

November 30, 2017

Terrestrial geothermal systems are like buried treasure when it comes to finding out the origins of life on…
Kill Switches

November 22, 2017

Synthetic biologists are fitting the genomes of microorganisms with synthetic gene circuits to break down polluting plastics, noninvasively…
Mapping Earth’s Microbiome

November 3, 2017

More than 27,500 samples collected across seven continents and 43 countries. More than 307,500 unique DNA sequences. One…
Vital marine micro-organisms dependent on multiple nutrients, scientists discover

November 3, 2017

Depletion of multiple nutrients in the Earth’s oceans could be simultaneously limiting the abundance of microscopic organisms that…
Hacking the bacterial social network

October 25, 2017

Whenever we use our smartphones to check social media, we face loads of bacteria on the devices —…
Researchers Shedding Light on Life’s Chemical Origins

October 4, 2017

Living things reproduce and after billions of years of evolution, modern living organisms are molecularly complex. But scientific…
Biofuels from bacteria

August 22, 2017

Sandia helps HelioBioSys understand new clean energy source You might not cook with this sugar, but from a…
What’s On Your Skin? Archaea, That’s What

July 3, 2017

It turns out your skin is crawling with single-celled microorganisms – ­and they’re not just bacteria. A study…
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