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The Secret To Stopping Foodborne Illness Might Be Lasers

Researchers have developed a laser that spots illness-inducing bacteria before it makes you sick.


Forget Sea Monkeys, The Dino Sphere Is The Novelty Bio-Kit Of The Future

Remember Sea Monkeys? Remember how disappointed you were when you found out they weren’t really humanoid organisms, but boring old brine shrimp? Now there’s a nifty alternative: the Dino Sphere, a decorative glass sphere that houses thousands of plankton. Swirl the sphere a little at night, and those plankton will emit a bright blue glow.


Mad Scientists Created Synthetic Bacteria With Only 473 Genes

Behold syn3.0, a synthetic bacterial genome that’s smaller than anything found in nature. Biologists hope it will further our understanding of the fundamentals of life and inspire the creation of new synthetic life.


Arctic Microbes Are Expanding Their Homes By Making Stuff That Melts Glaciers

Humans aren’t the only ones trying their best to warm up the world like it’s a frozen pie. Bacteria are also creating particles that melt glaciers and make the world comfortable for more bacteria.


Seventeen People In Wisconsin Have Died From One Strain Of Bacteria

The bacteria Elizabethkingia anopheles has claimed 17 lives over the last five months in 12 Wisconsin counties, and caused 54 people to become seriously ill. As yet, no one has been able to trace the source of the infection.


These Are The First-Ever High-Res Images Of Naturally Occuring Biological Motors

We’ve known for years now that some bacteria have tails known as flagellum to propel them forwards, but we’ve never managed to take a detailed look at what powers them. These new images, however, reveal how the naturally occurring motors work.


Smart Video Reveals How Antibiotics May Have Created A Dangerous Apocalyptic Scenario

Video: Kurzgesagt details the “antibiotic apocalypse” in their latest video and it’s a doozy. Basically, our willy nilly use of antibiotics to treat illness and our irresponsible antibiotic use in animals have created bacteria that have become superbugs. These superbugs are now immune to those antibiotics, which could lead to a pandemic. Luckily, it’s not all bad! As bacteria evolves, we get smarter too. So it’s a race to stay ahead of the doom, basically.


Scientists Have Discovered A Bacteria That Has Evolved To Eat Plastic

A team of Japanese scientists has discovered a bacteria that’s evolved to break down and consume PET — one of the world’s most environmentally damaging plastics.


Microbes That Cause UTIs Use Hooks To Hold On While We Pee 

Urinary tract infections are typically caused by a bacterium that somehow manages to creep its way into the bladder, despite the intense pressures exerted by urination. It turns out these microbes use hooks to cling on in desperation while we pee.


Biologists Turn Bacteria Into 'Swarmbots' 

We’re covered in bacteria every day. They help us digest our food and protect our skin, and they’re potentially a great medical tool — but only if we can control them. Scientists think they have taken the first step by engineering bacteria that can live in a swarm, but die when they try to escape individually to new areas.


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