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'Terrifying' Organism Can't
Fit on Our Tree of Life
Nov 17, 2018 11:43 AM CST
'Terrifying' Organism Can't Fit on Our Tree of Life
So maybe it deserves a new branch
- Scoop up some dirt, and what do you get—a whole new branch on the tree of life. We can thank Canadian grad student Yana Eglit, who took a dirt sample while hiking and found two microscopic species that have long proved impossible to classify, the CBC reports. "They...
Safety Experts Say
'Raw Water' Trend
Is a Very Bad Idea
Jan 3, 2018 9:00 AM CST
Safety Experts Say 'Raw Water' Trend Is a Very Bad Idea
Drinking untreated water has more drawbacks than the price tag
- Is drinking "raw water" a great way to get beneficial minerals and microbes removed by filtration—or do people who pay $15 a gallon for untreated water have more money than sense? The subject has been hotly debated since a
New York Times
story last week looked at people—...
Purple Spots Marring Vatican
Scroll Have Unlikely Source
Sep 8, 2017 4:03 PM CDT
Purple Spots Marring Vatican Scroll Have Unlikely Source
Parchments around the world are covered in mysterious purple splotches
- Call it the attack of the purple pigment. Live Science reports purple splotches are damaging old animal-skin parchments around the world. Take, for example, a 16-foot-long scroll inside the Vatican Secret Archives. The parchment was written by Italian villagers in 1244 asking the Church to make Laurentius Loricatus a saint....
Evidence of Deepest
Life on Earth Found
Near Mariana Trench
Apr 11, 2017 3:44 PM CDT
Evidence of Deepest Life on Earth Found Near Mariana Trench
Microbes could be living up to 6 miles under the seafloor
- A team of researchers may have discovered evidence of the deepest life on Earth (and we're not talking college freshmen taking their first philosophy class). According to a study published Monday in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
, there may be microbes living up to six miles under...
Life That May Be 50K Years Old
Found Trapped in Crystals
Feb 18, 2017 11:49 AM CST
Life That May Be 50K Years Old Found Trapped in Crystals
Scientists say the microbes are not only old but also very weird
- In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it's called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old, the AP reports. The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able...
Here's Why Amish
Kids Don't Get
Asthma as Often
Aug 4, 2016 6:39 PM CDT
Here's Why Amish Kids Don't Get Asthma as Often
They can probably thank the cows
- You're probably less likely to see an Amish kid carrying around an inhaler, because they don't seem to get asthma as often as other kids—and researchers think it's due to the cows, Live Science reports. In a study published in the
New England Journal of Medicine
First Mass Extinction
Likely Caused by
'Utterly Weird' Animals
Aug 1, 2016 1:01 PM CDT
First Mass Extinction Likely Caused by 'Utterly Weird' Animals
Animals shaped like 'Frisbees and lumpy mattresses' may have killed early Ediacarans
- New fossil evidence dug up in Namibia lends credence to the theory that we should blame "ecosystem engineers" for the world's first mass extinction, and that's not a euphemism for man, asteroids, or aliens. Instead, per a Vanderbilt University study published in the October issue of the...
Than Your Smell
Feb 3, 2016 8:23 AM CST
Deodorant Changes More Than Your Smell
Study: products actually alter your body's bacteria
- Applying deodorant or antiperspirant clearly alters your body’s smell, but it may also alter your body's bacteria. A
study finds the organisms that live in and on your skin are drastically changed by what you put under your arms. Evolutionary genomicist Julie Horvath recruited 17 participants—antiperspirant...
You Have an
Much Like a
Sep 22, 2015 9:23 AM CDT
You Have an Invisible Cloud, Much Like a Fingerprint
The bacteria around you could tie you to the scene of a crime
- When someone says you're in their personal bubble, they aren't exactly speaking metaphorically. In a new study , University of Oregon researchers say they've found people really are surrounded by a sort of cloud that's unique to them. The gross part: It's made up of millions...
What the Dust
in Your House
Says About You
Aug 27, 2015 7:20 AM CDT
What the Dust in Your House Says About You
Our dust contains, on average, 9K unique species of microbes
- Last year, volunteers mailed in dust samples taken from above interior and exterior door frames in 1,200 homes across the US as part of a citizen science project called Wild Life of Our Homes . Now, scientists are reporting in the journal
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Blood Falls, a
Clue to Mars?
Apr 29, 2015 7:17 AM CDT
Beneath Antarctica's Blood Falls, a Clue to Mars?
'Subglacial world' of briny water could hint at life elsewhere
- The chillingly named Blood Falls is a fascinating feature of Antarctica's landscape : Interrupting the blanket of frozen white, the falls is a liquid, rusty red. (It's no coincidence that the falls looks rusty: The water gets its color from oxidized iron it carries.) And, as a researcher...
NY Subway Has
Feb 8, 2015 4:30 PM CST
NY Subway Has Bubonic Plague
Study maps DNA of New York City storied subway system
- Like riding the subway in New York? You're not alone: so do countless bacteria including bubonic plague, anthrax, and E. coli, the
Wall Street Journal
reports. A new study maps out the subway system's DNA, revealing an underground world packed with microbial diversity. "People don’t look...
by Central Park Dirt
Oct 2, 2014 10:47 AM CDT
Scientists Surprised by Central Park Dirt
It has as much biodiversity as soils 'from the Arctic to Antarctica'
- Dirt probably isn't something you'd think of as having "so much going on," but scientist Kelly Ramirez begs to differ. She's sampled dirt from tropical forests to deserts around the world and found it "teeming with so many different types of organisms," she...
'Space Sex' Geckos Come Back Frozen to Death
Sep 2, 2014 8:23 AM CDT
'Space Sex' Geckos Come Back Frozen to Death
Reproductive systems didn't necessarily fail—shuttle's heating system did
- Oops. A Russian space mission meant to test the effect of weightlessness on the gecko's reproductive system didn't quite go as planned. It's not (necessarily) that the geckos weren't mating, it's that all five of them came back dead. And they weren't killed by...
Life May Have
Dec 14, 2013 7:06 AM CST
Life May Have Originated Miles Underground
New research questions 'primordial soup' theory
- The idea of a "primordial soup," in which life theoretically began in lakes and oceans, may be way off. New studies suggest the beginnings of life on this planet could have occurred deep underground, the
reports. Researchers have found microbes up to 3.1 miles below the...
Australia Yields Evidence
of Oldest Life Ever
Nov 14, 2013 9:00 AM CST
Australia Yields Evidence of Oldest Life Ever
Rocks in Pilbara reveal 3.5B-year-old microbes
- We have found the oldest life on Earth, and it is Australian. A team of researchers from Down Under have found signs of "complex microbial ecosystems" in rock formations from the Pilbara region in Western Australia dating back 3.5 billion years, the
reports. The discovery "pushes...
Feed the Bacteria
Living Inside You
May 19, 2013 10:16 AM CDT
Want Health? Feed the Bacteria Living Inside You
Antibiotics, processed foods aren't helping
- Don't look now, but roughly 100 trillion bacteria live in and on your body. According to scientists, these microbes—especially the ones in your gut—may be fending off chronic diseases, moderating your weight, and strengthening your immune system. But our society's processed foods and war on bacteria...
Oregon Brewing Up
a State Microbe
Apr 21, 2013 9:01 AM CDT
Oregon Brewing Up a State Microbe
Saccharomyces cerevisiae , or beer yeast, would be first state microbe
- US states have official flags and official flowers, but Oregon could become the first to have a state microbe—and a delicious microbe, at that. Oregon's microbe of choice is the
, better known as ale yeast, and the bill's sponsor hopes the measure will show appreciation...
Life Form Found
in Antarctic Lake
Mar 8, 2013 9:56 AM CST
Unidentified Life Form Found in Antarctic Lake
Isolated for millions of years, bacteria could hold clues about life beyond Earth
- It looks like drilling through 2.3 miles of ice may have paid off: The Russian scientists who did just that last year at Antarctica's Lake Vostok say the samples they recovered contain an "unclassified and unidentified" life form, reports the BBC .The bacteria's DNA measured less...
Latest Search for Alien Life
Taking Place on Earth
Feb 13, 2013 1:35 PM CST
Latest Search for Alien Life Taking Place on Earth
NASA turns to geologists for help
- NASA's latest partner in the search for alien life: a group of about 50 geologists who are hunting for evidence of ancient life here on Earth. The University of Wisconsin's Astrobiology Research Consortium last month started a five-year, $7 million project funded by a NASA grant. It'll...
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