Microbes

More Stories in Microbes

  1. Life

    Bacterial fossils exhibit earliest hints of photosynthesis

    Microscopic fossils from Australia suggest that some bacteria evolved structures for oxygen-producing photosynthesis by 1.78 billion years ago.

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  2. Life

    Scientists Say: Protist

    Unified by a few key traits, these diverse organisms come in all shapes and sizes.

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  3. Materials Science

    Made from fungi, this vegan leather can self-heal holes or rips

    If made under gentle conditions, leather formed from the “roots” of mushrooms can retain the ability to regrow and repair minor damage.

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  4. Tech

    A ‘mini cyclone’ helps detect coronavirus in the air

    A new device can detect from seven to 35 coronavirus particles per liter of air in minutes. That’s close to a PCR test’s sensitivity — but much quicker.

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  5. 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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  6. Microbes

    Scientists Say: Virus

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

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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