‘Continuously active’ antiviral coating doesn’t quit

Continuously active disinfectants could be a new, longer-lasting weapon in the fight against viruses like the novel coronavirus.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria microbes viruses health-and-medicine coatings

Sourdough is having its moment, but how does it work?

Trying to make sourdough bread while staying at home during the pandemic? Check out this podcast to find out more about how sourdough works.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: food microbes featured science-and-technology

Could alien microbes make their way to Earth?

A new report digs into plans to protect our planet from alien microbes or cross-contamination from other worlds, also known as "planetary quarantine."

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space microbes astronauts viruses alien-life featured health-and-medicine

Bakers, you can help solve sourdough bread’s mysteries

A new project aims to solve the mysteries of sourdough bread. Whether you're a newbie or a pro, researchers want home bakers to get involved.

NC State • futurity
April 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: bacteria food microbes featured science-and-technology citizen-scientists

Permafrost microbes may not create so much methane

The thawing of Arctic permafrost will reinvigorate microbes. The question is, how much methane will those microbes produce?

Brian Wallheimer-Purdue • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change microbes arctic methane emissions earth-and-environment

There’s life 2,600 feet below the Indian Ocean seafloor

Ocean cores from 2,600 feet below the Indian Ocean seafloor contain tiny microbes, researchers report.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
March 24, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: microbes oceans science-and-technology

How healthy is that microbe? New device can tell

A new portable tool can assess microbes, screen for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and analyze algae that live in coral reefs, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: microbes coral-reefs oceans algae earth-and-environment

Lab tests may misdiagnose 50% of diarrhea’s bacterial causes in kids

Conventional culture-based lab tests may misdiagnose as many as half of the microbial causes of diarrhea diseases in children

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Nov. 25, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: microbes microbiomes e-coli childrens-health pathogens health-and-medicine digestive-system

Test gauges the strength of microbe exoskeletons

Scooping the guts out of bacteria and refilling the exoskeletons with an expansive fluid reveals if whether a microbe is structurally strong or weak.

Tom Abate-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 25, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria microbes microbiomes hydrogels science-and-technology microscopes

Tiny iron-breather could help control methane levels

Understanding more about how a microorganism produces methane and carbon dioxide could help scientists cut greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Sept. 6, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-dioxide microbes methane oceans earth-and-environment iron

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