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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 …