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Building Community through Public Toilets

The Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading organizations in the water and sanitation sector. In this video GWC finalist David Kuria of Ecotact Limited, a Kenyan company dedicated to bringing public toilets to an area where there were only two for 60,000 people, discusses the need... Read More

Getting to the root of the problem

Members of Texas A&M University's Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology were on the UTMB campus taking samples to determine the health of the palm trees. Dr. Kevin Ong, director of TAMUs Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in conjunction with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and ... Read More

How fungal spores achieve zero drag

Drafting cyclists have nothing on spore-spewing fungi. Using an aerodynamic technique, a fungus can reduce drag on its spores—sending them high and far.

One fungus, the destructive Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, spews thousands of spores nearly simultaneously to form a plume that reduces drag to n... Read More

Juno Mission: Planetary Protection (video)

For all of its planetary missions, NASA has established a principle of planetary protection to avoid contaminating potentially habitable worlds with microbes from Earth. By destroying itself, Juno will eliminate any chance of crashing into one of Jupiter's moons and allowing microbial stowaways ... Read More

How to make diesel from bacteria (BBC video)

(ed. note - this is the final part of the BBC series The Cell)

Dr Adam Rutherford continues the extraordinary story of the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the cell and of life itself.

He explains how it is possible to turn ageing bacteria into diesel which is capable of powerin... Read More

Singing about Toxoplasma gondii

Musical group Dan Kahn and the Painted Bird perform their song "Parasite" live in Philadelphia. The first set of lyrics are about Toxoplasma gondii which is mentioned by name in the song, although it's hard to make all of the vocals out, the rest of the track refers to other parasites too. If so... Read More

Put Your Hands Together

Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands. From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spre... Read More

The coevolution of an ant and a fungi

"This segment from a PBS program entitled "Evolution: Evolutionary Arms Race" illustrates the coevolution of the leafcutter ant and the fungi on which it feeds. Leafcutters have been "farming" this fungus for millions of years by feeding, fertilizing, weeding, and harvesting it. Learn how one gr... Read More

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End Polio Now

Yesterday the Wrigley Building in Chicago was officially lit with Rotary International's 'End Polio Now' pledge - as was the Pyramid of Khafre in Egypt and the Obelisk in Buenos Aires. These iconic landmarks and others will provide a dramatic backdrop for an equally dramatic message: End Polio N... Read More

Michigan State researchers show how new viruses evolve, and in some cases, become deadly (video)

Researchers at Michigan State University demonstrate how a new virus evolves, shedding light on how easy it can be for diseases to gain dangerous mutations.

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University of Florida research on Zinc and Immunity

This video from the Research Report at the University of Florida highlights the ir latest findings on the important role of zinc in the immune system.


















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Videos of cells could replace cancer biopsies

Individual blood cells flying through capillaries can now be viewed in real time. The technique, called stimulated raman scattering (SRS) microscopy, generates videos of moving cells deep inside tissue and could replace biopsies in the diagnosis of cancers.

The technique works by shining lase... Read More

The Dances of Algae

Freshwater algae can dance around each other in stable groups, held together only by fluid flows in the surrounding water. In fact they have two dances, the waltz and the minuet. There is a nice video that accompanies this article as well.

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Billion-year-old Bacteria Could be Medical Goldmine

Researchers say the Gulf of Mexico is filled with a hidden treasure — treasure that could help cure deadly diseases.
University of Florida scientists are tracking bacteria they say could become medicine's newest secret weapon.
In the warm waters off Craig Key, Hendrik Luesch, a UF College of P... Read More

Edible Food Wrap for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Your Thanksgiving leftovers might get wrapped in plastic, or stored in a container, but before long they'll go bad. Now researchers have created new technology that could significantly extend the life of your food, and improve food safety overall. And as this ScienCentral News video explains, it... Read More

Bacteria Genetically Engineered to Grow in Stripes

Scientists from California and Hong Kong genetically engineered bacterial cells so that they spontaneously grow in concentric rings. The number of rings can be controlled by altering expression of a single gene. They say the findings could shed light on the complex patterning that takes place du... Read More

An Introduction to Viruses - Kahn Academy

An introduction to viruses created by Salman Khan of The Khan Academy, a one person, not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.

While the Kahn Academy has over 25 videos devoted to topics in biology, there are hundreds more in a va... Read More

Book trailer for microbiology-themed thriller novel PETROPLAGUE

This is a short trailer advertising a new science thriller novel loaded with accurate microbiology. I'm the author, so I'm biased, but reviewers have said about PETROPLAGUE "the science is utterly believable" and it's in "the top five on my best of 2011 list". You can read an excerpt for free ... Read More

Plant interaction with friendly bacteria gives pathogens their break

In two papers to be published in Current Biology, researchers from JIC and The Sainsbury Laboratory on the Norwich Research Park, and Rothamsted Research and the University of York identify genes that help plants interact with microbes in the soil.

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