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These Microbots Steer Using Electricity And The Bacteria That Causes Urinary Tract Infections

Credit: Drexel University

Because the world keeps getting more bizarre, it turns out that the best way to get these microbots to navigate around obstacles is to smear them with the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections and send them through an electrical grid.


9 Types Of Bacteria You Didn't Know You're Sharing Your House With

We all know that the homes we believe belong to us are actually varied landscapes in which billions of creatures live, but we usually try not to think about our microbial roommates. Find out why your bathroom is the ultimate bacteria battleground, and why cleaning it can sometimes make it worse.


You Can Contract Fatal Bacteria Just By Sniffing

James St. John, a lead researcher on the study. Image: EurekaAlert

Everything is dangerous. Sitting too much is bad, washing machines are infestation sites for E. coli and now the simple act of sniffing can infect you with a bacteria that has a 50 per cent chance of killing you.


A Doctor Who Dalek Is Helping Exterminate Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

A Dalek standing in the foyer of the BBC’s broadcasting building in London was recently found to contain an interesting compound that could be used to solve an ongoing medical crisis.


Living Bacteria Can Now Store Data

Using the CRISPR gene-editing tool, scientists from Harvard University have developed a technique that permanently records data into living cells. Incredibly, the information imprinted onto these microorganisms can be passed down to the next generation.


Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Could Kill 10 Million People A Year By 2050

An 18-month review into antimicrobial resistance warns that superbugs will kill upwards of 10 million people a year by 2050, a frightening prospect that’s being described as “the antibiotic apocalypse”.


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.


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