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
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
(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
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
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
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
"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
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.
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
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
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
Vincent, Rich, and Kathy and their guests Clodagh and Ron recorded this episode at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Society for Virology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
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
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.
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
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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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
I stumbled across this web video while on a search for resources about the importance of hand hygiene. Show this to your class and they will never forgot about the need for hand hygiene. With the recent outbreak of the new variant of H1N1 also known as Swine flu, you might be seeing this vid... Read More
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