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Bacteria

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This incredible organism can actually survive in outer space

March 23rd, 2022

What if I told you there is a bacterium strong enough to survive in outer space? Sure, we already know about the bacterium that could help us breathe on Mars. But, this “super bacterium”, which is known as the “world’s toughest bacterium” in the Guinness Book of World Records can survive in space for up …

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NASA may want to send bacteria to the Moon and Mars after all

November 10th, 2020

Research from the International Space Station reveals the benefits of using bacteria to extract minerals from material found on the Moon and Mars. One specific bacteria is capable of extracting rare earth elements from volcanic rock under multiple gravity conditions. NASA has historically avoided contaminating its mission with bacteria, but it turns out they may …

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A deadly bacteria is sweeping along the East Coast

November 5th, 2020

A species of flesh-eating bacteria is popping up with increasing regularity in the Carolinas. The bacteria can infect through contact with water sources, easily taking root via small cuts or sores. The bacteria can kill within days, or cause severe pain even if it’s not fatal. Taking a quick dip in a river or creek …

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This revolutionary new compound could fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

September 7th, 2020

Scientists have developed a new compound capable of attacking both subgroups of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Drug-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs” are incredibly dangerous and pose a major threat to public health. The researchers say the compound attacks both gram-positive and notoriously hard-to-kill gram-negative bacteria. Antibiotics are great, but they come with a serious downside. Over …

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Earthly bacteria survives for years in space, study proves

August 26th, 2020

An experiment has proven that bacteria can survive in the harsh conditions of space for years on end. A Japanese mission placed bacteria pellets in panels outside of the International Space Station, and the bacteria managed to survive for up to three years before being retrieved. Ensuring that such bacteria don’t contaminate other worlds is …

metal eating bacteria

Crazy new bacteria feeds on metal, and scientists discovered it by accident

July 19th, 2020

A researcher from Caltech accidentally discovered a metal-eating bacteria after leaving a dirty glass in tap water. The bacteria appear to feed on manganese, creating oxidation, and creating a bit of a mess.  The scientists now believe that the bacteria may be responsible for some well-known issues with water distribution systems in which oxidized manganese …

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Scientists solve mystery of space bacteria on the ISS

February 20th, 2020

When you’re living in a remote, isolated environment, things like bacteria and viruses can wreak havoc in a very short period of time. The International Space Station definitely qualifies as being remote and isolated, so when a pair of bacteria species were detected in a water dispenser onboard the space station, scientists wanted to know …

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Doctors just found a scary new drug-resistant ‘superbug’ bacteria

January 21st, 2020

One of the biggest fears for doctors and health experts around the world is the steady emergence of so-called “superbugs,” or bacteria that are resistant to common antibiotics. Many are already known to scientists, and the microscopic arms race to beat them is ongoing. Now, researchers in Sweden have identified another one, and it came …

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CDC warns that pet store puppies are making people sick

December 18th, 2019

Taking a new puppy home from the pet store can be an incredibly exciting experience. You’re adopting a living, breathing bundle of cuddles, and by the time you’re ready to bring your new four-legged friend home, you’ve already likely done a whole lot of preparation. One thing you might not be prepared for, however, is …