Microbes

  1. Health & Medicine

    Crickets for breakfast?

    In a small trial, levels of beneficial gut bacteria rose in young adults who ate a breakfast that included crickets every day for two weeks.

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  2. Planets

    Finding living Martians just got a bit more believable

    What might a real Martian look like? Scientists have a better idea after identifying a buried liquid lake on the Red Planet.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Dogs carry a grab bag of flu viruses

    Dogs carry a mix of flu viruses, including some that came from pigs. But there’s no reason to worry just yet.

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  4. Microbes

    Nom, nom! These bacteria eat antibiotics for lunch

    Some soil microbes don’t just break down antibiotics, they can eat them too. Scientists have found one way they do it.

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  5. Microbes

    Analyze This: These viruses are behemoths

    Scientists keep finding larger and larger viruses. Just how big can these microbes get?

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  6. Brain

    Belly bacteria can shape mood and behavior

    Our guts and our brains are in constant communication with the goal of managing a whole lot more than food digestion. Their conversations can affect stress, behaviors — even memory.

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  7. Tech

    Bad food? New sensors will show with a glow

    Sensors that glow around dangerous germs could be built into packaging to warn people of tainted foods.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Scientists discover how norovirus hijacks the gut

    Noroviruses make people vomit, but scientists didn’t actually know why. It now turns out that those viruses cause their misery by attacking special “tuft” cells in the gut.

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Which bacteria hang out in belly buttons? Here’s a who’s who

    Bacteria are everywhere — even in our belly buttons. One teen at Intel ISEF decided to find out what types people were harboring in their navels.

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  10. Chemistry

    Human waste could power plastic-making in space

    Someday recycled urine and exhaled breath could feed specially engineered yeast to make plastics and other useful chemicals on long space missions.

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  11. Materials Science

    Hairy nanoparticles put viruses in a deadly embrace

    Current drugs can’t stop viruses for good. But newly developed hairy nanoparticles just might. They surround and put pressure on the viruses, which ultimately destroys them.

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  12. Space

    Most Americans would welcome a microbial E.T.

    People are more likely to welcome than be scared by new evidence pointing to extraterrestrial life, Americans report — at least if the E.T.’s are tiny.

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