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Art in a Petri Dish

    Biophysicists are growing Petri dishes of different species of bacteria in order to develop new antibiotics. The bacteria are subjected to different temperatures and have limited food sources inside the dish. Despite these conditions, most colonies tend to … Continue reading

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The Moss Likely to Succeed

It’s not just carbon dioxide that feeds a forest. Trees also depend on nitrogen to grow. And the best buffet of nitrogen comes from moss-loving bacteria. But to get a really nutritious growth of bacteria going, the moss needs to … Continue reading

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Mexican Jumping Genes

Researchers have found a large cluster of genes which jumped directly from one species of fungus to another, the first time such a horizontal transfer has been seen in organisms more complex than bacteria. The tree of life just got … Continue reading

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Inherit the Windbag

Steve Benen has a post from yesterday on Representative Jack Kingston (R-Ga), who denies evolution. “Real Time” host Bill Maher asked Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) a fairly straightforward question: “Do you believe in evolution?” Kingston not only rejected the foundation … Continue reading

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I Wonder If They Wear Tiny Little Straw Hats and Tiny Little Suspenders

Humans are not the only farmers. Other animals, like ants and termites, grow food, and now a new study reports that a species of amoeba, one of the simplest of organisms, also farms. Researchers from Rice Universityreport in the journal Nature … Continue reading

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Games of Life

Video game designers are always striving to make games more lifelike, but they’ll have a hard time topping what Stanford researcher Ingmar Riedel-Kruse is up to. He’s introducing life itself into games. Riedel-Kruse and his lab group have developed the … Continue reading

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Micro-Clean-Up Crew Accomplishes Mega-Clean-Up Job

Following the greatest environmental catastrophe in recent history, the lowest life forms among us have been the biggest heroes. … Within four months of the oil spill, bacterial blooms had removed more than 200,000 metric tons of dissolved methane, returning … Continue reading

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Micro-Sirens of Titan

Pitch Lake is a poisonous, foul smelling, hell hole on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. The lake is filled with hot asphalt and bubbling with noxious hydrocarbon gases and carbon dioxide. Water is scarce here and certainly below … Continue reading

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Cold Plasma Disinfectant

Plasma –the “fourth state” of matter– is normally found only in extremely hot environments, like, say, the surface of the sun; but scientists have recently been able to generate a stable plasma at just above room temperature. Svetlana Ermolaeva and … Continue reading

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Treaty With Russia Threatened by Gays

How’s that again? Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee: did not think “the future of the Start treaty over the next several days is going to be successful” if Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, continued with his plans to … Continue reading

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