Chlorine Treatment Can Accelerate Antibiotic Resistance, Study Says

As anyone who's ever owned a pet fish or gone to a public swimming pool knows, chlorine is commonly used to disinfect water. Ironically, when it comes to sewage treatment, it may be doing just the opposite. » 3/22/15 5:00pm 3/22/15 5:00pm

The Ancient Secrets of a "Bleeding" Glacier Are Finally Being Revealed

Against vast whiteness of Antarctica, Blood Falls bleeds a deep dramatic red. The color comes from iron-rich ancient seawater trapped under the ice for 2 million years. For the first time, scientists have been able to take a sample from deep under the ice. » 3/12/15 4:50pm 3/12/15 4:50pm

Ancient Microbes May Have Created the World's Largest Gold Mines

Nearly half the gold ever mined comes from the Witwatersrand Basin, a layer of gold-flecked rock that spreads out under South Africa. The mines there are famously deep and prolific. Why is there so much gold concentrated in this one small part of the Earth's crust? » 2/03/15 7:30pm 2/03/15 7:30pm

What Happens to Bacteria in Space?

In the otherwise barren space 220 miles above Earth's surface, a capsule of life-sustaining oxygen and water orbits at 17,000 miles per hour. You might know this capsule as the International Space Station (ISS), currently home to six humans—and untold billions of bacteria. Microbes have always followed us to the… » 4/10/14 11:00am 4/10/14 11:00am

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

Gassy Alaskan Microbes Are Warming Up the Planet

When most of us wake up, we don't turn to our loved ones or think about the day ahead. Nope, we let off some gas. Turns out microorganisms are just the same, only their gas might have a dramatic effect on global warming. » 11/07/11 11:20am 11/07/11 11:20am

Spray-On Solution Kills Bacteria on Your Clothes

Say good-bye to smelly socks and stenchy shirts. A team of researchers from the University of Georgia have developed a spray-on solution that rids your clothes of bacteria, including those that make you stink. » 7/07/11 2:00am 7/07/11 2:00am

There Are Lots of Bacteria in Your Belly Button

Ah yes, the belly button. A remnant part of your body that serves to collect lint. Lint and quite a bit more, according to the early results from the Belly Button Biodiversity project. » 7/05/11 12:04am 7/05/11 12:04am

Hints of Life Found on Saturn Moon

Two potential signatures of life on Saturn's moon Titan have been found by the Cassini spacecraft. But scientists are quick to point out that non-biological chemical reactions could also be behind the observations. » 6/04/10 5:00pm 6/04/10 5:00pm

Tina Fey's Fart Machine Becoming a Reality...Only With Gaseous Microbes

If you watch 30 Rock religiously, you might have seen one or two references to an out-of-control fart machine. Well, Tina Fey's dream is kind of, sort of becoming a reality. » 4/23/09 8:40pm 4/23/09 8:40pm

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