Super-Bugs Inadvertently Created by Spacecraft Sterilization Protocols

The European Space Agency has been collecting examples of "spacecraft-associated biology" in a small collection housed at the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ in Brunswick, Germany. 298 strains of "extremotolerant" bacteria, isolated from spacecraft-assembly rooms because they managed to survive the incredible methods used to… » 11/04/13 1:40pm 11/04/13 1:40pm

High-Mag Microscope Lets Cellphones Go In Close

If you can't bring the microbial parasite to the lab, bring the lab to the microbial parasite, goes the thinking of the Berkeley researchers who invented a microscope to attach to cellphones and smartphones, using the phones' own cameras. The higher powered of their two microscopes delivers 60X magnification, capable… » 3/21/08 11:30am 3/21/08 11:30am