1. Tech

    This bionic mushroom makes electricity

    What do you get when you combine fungi, graphene, 3-D printing and photosynthetic bacteria? A mushroom that makes electricity.

  2. Microbes

    Amoebas are crafty, shape-shifting engineers

    It’s easy to overlook amoebas — but we shouldn’t. These one-celled wonders can build their own shells, punch holes in prey and even farm bacteria.

  3. Environment

    Six things that shouldn’t pollute your drinking water

    These are why drinking untreated water can be harmful. But keep in mind, today’s water-treatment plants still won’t remove all of these.

  4. Earth

    Explainer: How is water cleaned up for drinking

    Unless you’re drinking well water, city folks typically get drinking water that has been treated in a water-treatment plant. Here’s what that means.

  5. Microbes

    Bacteria and bugs will save us from the zombie apocalypse

    Don’t fear the undead. Here’s how the body’s cells, microbes and insects will eat a zombie before it ever goes looking for brains.

  6. Microbes

    Bacteria are all around us — and that’s okay

    Scientists may have identified less than one percent of all bacteria on Earth. But there’s a reason to keep up the hunt. These microbes could help us understand and protect our planet.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Parasitic worms sicken people in the mainland United States

    A worm native to Asia has sickened at least 12 people in eight continental U.S. states since 2011, a new report finds.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Microbes

    Analyze This: These viruses are behemoths

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