Tag Archives: bacteria

The descent of poo

A study of the microbes in the guts of our closest relatives gives new meaning to the gut-check, finding that the mix of bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract is determined not solely by diet, but by evolution as well.

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Cellphone Screens Are Dirtier Than A Men’s Room Toilet

A Stanford University study determined that if a virus is placed on the screen of a cellphone, 30% of it will be transmitted to other people’s hands, which soon enough make it into other people’s orifices; eyes, mouths, anuses, whatever. But that’s the least of my worries. What I’m more concerned about is that cellphones hold 18 times more bacteria ...

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Bacteria Sculptures Give Us Up-Close Look at the Microscopic World

It’s not everyday you get to see a Escherichia coli bacterium up-close and personal. But British artist Luke Jerrams Glass Microbiology series brings the microscopic world into the limelight with sculptures designed to resemble viruses and bacteria. To create each one, Jerram used images from an electron microscope and had guidance from virologist Andrew Davidson of the University of Bristol ...

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Bacteria Science Kit From ThinkGeek

Attention, scientists! For a whopping twenty five bucks, you can be the proud owner of ThinkGeek’s latest toy: The Bacteria Growth Science Kit. It comes with a petri dish, an eye dropper, pipettes, test tubes and packages of Agar. Remember Agar? It’s that stuff that you’d use in science class as a kid to grow bacteria, which is exactly the ...

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Development of Jellyfish Goo Earns Scientists A Nobel Prize

Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize for chemistry. Americans Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien and Japans Osamu Shimomura discovered and successfully developed a fluorescent protein found in jellyfish. Jellyfish will glow under blue and ultraviolet light because of this protein which the three scientists have become known for. It might not sound like much, but this jellyfish protein has ...

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Bacteria Producing Plastic Sans Pollution

Everyday scientists are creating new ways to develop the things we take for granted. Eliminating the problematic ways of creating plastic with oil or gas, scientists of Genomatica Inc. have formed strains of bacteria which produce plastic. This is great news as this bacteria requires little more than sugar and water to produce butanediol, the compound used to manufacture many ...

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Braceface? No, a titanium bristled toothbrush

So what do you think of when someone mentions metal in your mouth? Headgear? Braces? Or a toothbrush? This is about the latter. The TiFinity toothbrush uses titanium bristles to clean your teeth and last for an extremely long time. This toothbrush has a lifespan of 2 years! So what do you pay for a toothbrush that lasts for 2 ...

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