Microbes

More Stories in Microbes

  1. Health & Medicine

    Hand dryers can infect clean hands with bathroom germs

    Hot-air hand dryers are a haven for microbes. A finalist at Regeneron ISEF found that these machines spray germs all over freshly washed hands.

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  2. Microbes

    Scientists Say: Virus

    A virus must take over a living cell's machinery to make more viruses.

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  3. Materials Science

    Analyze This: Algae behind blue-glowing waves light up a new device

    Some algae glow blue when they experience forces. Held in transparent plastic, they now make devices light up in response to gentle pushes and tugs.

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  4. Microbes

    Bacteria give some cheeses their distinct flavors

    Linking types of bacteria to specific flavors could help cheesemakers tweak their products — or even develop new cheese flavor.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: Why it’s easier to get sick in the winter

    Low humidity helps viruses survive, and cold weather blunts some of the body’s immune responses — making colds and other viral infections more likely.

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  6. Animals

    This parasite makes wolves more likely to become leaders

    Gray wolves infected with Toxoplasma gondii make riskier decisions. This makes them more likely to become pack leaders or strike out on their own.

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  7. Microbes

    Mouth-crawling superbugs cause severe cavities in kids

    In kids with severe tooth decay, fungi and bacteria team up to create superorganisms that can crawl across teeth.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Infection

    Infections range from mild illnesses, such as the common cold, to deadly diseases, such as rabies.

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  9. Environment

    Bacterial ‘living wires’ could help protect the seas and climate

    Long, thin bacteria that conduct electricity may be able to help clean up oil spills and reduce emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

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