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New bacteria species in purple mat in cave

In a hot, steamy lava cave on the Kilauea Caldera in Hawai’i, microbiologists collecting samples from a dripping purple mat on the cave floor have found a new species that could reveal how bacteria that spit oxygen into the atmosphere millions of years ago evolved.

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Research identifies how bacteria produce hydrogen

Making hydrogen easily and cheaply is a dream goal for clean, sustainable energy. Bacteria have been doing exactly that for billions of years, and now chemists at the University of California, Davis, and Stanford University are revealing how they do it, and perhaps opening ways to imitate them.
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Paper device spots antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Scientists in Canada have developed a paper-based device that checks if bacteria are resistant to certain antibiotics. The simple system could help users in remote areas pick the most appropriate treatment for bacterial infections.

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Get dangerous germs out of your home

(upwave.com) -- Even if you're one of the many people who believe that exposing yourself to day-to-day germs is healthy for your immune system, it's still wise to take steps to protect yourself from the most infectious germs in your home. "Bugs like Escherichia coli (E.coli), salmonella and camp... Read More

Model Virus Structure Shows Why There's No Cure for the Common Cold

Rhinovirus C is believed to be responsible for up to half of all childhood colds, and is a serious complicating factor for respiratory conditions such as asthma. Together with rhinoviruses A and B, the recently discovered virus is responsible for millions of illnesses yearly at an estimated annu... Read More

Scientists discover why newborns get sick so often

If you think cold and flu season is tough, trying being an infant. A new research finding published in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology sheds new light on why newborns appear to be so prone to getting sick with viruses—they are born without one of the key proteins need... Read More

Malaria cases in US at highest count since 1971; nearly all cases brought in by travelers

U.S. malaria cases are at their highest level in four decades, mostly from Americans bringing home an unwelcome souvenir from their travels.

Malaria is not a big problem in the U.S. — there were only 1,925 cases in 2011, including five deaths. But cases were up 14 percent from the previous ye... Read More

Staph infections and eczema: What’s the connection?

For the millions of people suffering from the intensely red, horribly itchy skin condition known as eczema, the only thing more maddening than their disease is the lack of understanding of what causes it, or makes it flare up from time to time.

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Bacteria and fat: a 'perfect storm' for inflammation

Making fat cells immortal might seem like a bad idea to most people, but for a team of University of Iowa scientists it was the ideal way to study how the interaction between bacteria and fat cells might contribute to diabetes.

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TWiP 62: More bats out of hell

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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TWiM #67: Black mushrooms and RNA thermosensors



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TWiM 67 Letters

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The last 10 minutes or so of the Mike Tech Show podcast 447 covers Mike's music collection of some 30K tracks and he may have everything Frank ever did. He is linked to the Apple music system and your daughter might be able see what he has... Read More

Bat SARS-like coronavirus that infects human cells

The SARS pandemic of 2002-2003 is believed to have been caused by a bat coronavirus (CoV) that first infected a civet and then was passed on to humans. The isolation of a new SARS-like coronavirus from bats suggests that the virus could have directly infected humans. Read More

Increasing toxicity of algal blooms tied to nutrient enrichment and climate change

Nutrient enrichment and climate change are posing yet another concern of growing importance – an apparent increase in the toxicity of some algal blooms in freshwater lakes and estuaries around the world, which threatens aquatic organisms, ecosystem health and human drinking water safety.

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Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom)

Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom), a colonial plankton organism (250x). 1ST PLACE 2013 PHOTOMICROGRAPHY COMPETITION. Credit: Wim van Egmond, Micropolitan Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Wim van Egmond compared Nikon’s Small World competition to “a colorful stained-glass window that opens... Read More

Paramecium

Paramecium sp. showing the nucleus, mouth and water expulsion vacuoles (40x). 4th Place 2013 PHOTOMICROGRAPHY COMPETITION, Nikon Small World

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Transforming ARV treatment

Professor Yasien Sayed, research leader of the HIV Proteins Research Thrust, Protein Structure-Function Research Unit in the School of Molecular and Cell Biology, has led his group to international acclaim by solving the three-dimensional X-ray crystal structure of the South African HIV-1 subtyp... Read More

First fungal farmers found harvesting bacteria

It's a mould breaker. Researchers have discovered the first fungus that behaves like a farmer.

We already know that soil fungi can help bacteria travel quickly from A to B. The fungal filaments provide favourable conditions for the bacteria, and so act as "highways" through the soil. But thes... Read More

New substance effectively combats multi-resistant bacteria

In Europe alone, more than 25,000 people die each year from infections caused by multi-resistant bacteria. Researchers from University of Copenhagen have now developed and characterized a substance that quickly and effectively kills the virulent bacteria. The substance employs a multifunctional ... Read More

How a Young Boy, a Cow and a Milkmaid Helped to Conquer Smallpox [Video]

If you aren’t familiar with the TEDEd series of animated videos, you should be. The series pairs professional educators with top-notch animators to create short video “lessons” on a huge variety of topics in science, medicine and history.
 The latest episode features several of the early attempt... Read More

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