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  • This microbe thinks plastic is dinner

    Researchers have found a microbe that chows down on a major polluting plastic.

    People value this plastic because it can be made into stiff and strong fibers. This plastic also can be molded into semi-hard sheets. Because the material's name is such a mouthful, most people just refer to it as PET — for polyethylene terephthalate (Pahl-ee-ETH-eh-leen TEHR-eh-THAAL-ayt). It is the basis of...

    07:00 AM, April 27, 2016 Microbes, Environment, Ecosystems
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Newly discovered microbe keeps teeth healthy

    What’s the best way to keep teeth healthy? The answer is simple. Regular brushing and flossing along with a diet low in sugary sweets and drinks. But the mouth also works to protect itself. In fact, some bacteria can halt or limit the tooth erosion that leads to decay, a new study finds. These germs naturally live in and around teeth. But not everyone’s pearly whites host a lot of these...

    07:00 AM, April 18, 2016 Health, Microbes
    Readability Score: 6.4
  • Genes: How few needed for life?

    What are the fewest genes needed to sustain life? To test that, scientists started with a microbe having one of the smallest known genomes — or entire sets of genetic instructions. Then scientists figured out the magic minimum for this microbe, which was 473 genes. By whittling down the genes to this number, scientists learned a lot about biology. But there is still much to discover....

    07:15 AM, April 5, 2016 Genetics, Microbes
    Readability Score: 6.4
  • Microbes mine treasure from waste

    Moldy food, dirty toilet water and bags of garbage. What do these disgusting things have in common? Tiny, one-celled microbes called bacteria love them. These germs are too small to see with your eyes, but they live all around you. Bacteria set up camp in sewage pipes, ponds and dirt. They also live in your house, on your food, in your mouth and in your gut. Some of these germs make you sick....

    13:06 PM, March 31, 2016 Microbes, Environment, Chemistry, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • Plastic that mimics insect wings kills bacteria

    A new plastic that mimics the surface of insect wings might help save people’s eyesight. More than 40,000 people each year need a transplant for the front part of the eye, called the cornea. But donors aren’t always available. Also, some people’s bodies won’t accept a replacement from someone else. And bacteria could easily infect materials for artificial ones — at least until now.   


    13:41 PM, March 15, 2016 Technology, Microbes
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Missing gut bacteria linked to poor nutrition in children

    Children with malnutrition might be missing the right mix of germs.

    Three new studies suggest that certain bacteria in the gut may be vital for healthy growth. They also might help kids bounce back from malnutrition. The studies were reported February 18.

    Malnutrition occurs when the body gets too few calories or lacks the right mix of nutrients. In children, it can severely stunt...

    07:00 AM, March 14, 2016 Microbes, Nutrition
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Gulf oil spills could destroy shipwrecks faster

    NEW ORLEANS, La. — In April 2010, an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform caused a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Leftover oil from that spill still pollutes the Gulf. And that oil could be speeding up the destruction of old shipwrecks there, data now suggest.

    Corrosion is a type of chemical reaction that can weaken — and ultimately destroy — metal structures....

    07:00 AM, March 9, 2016 Environment, Oceans, Microbes, Chemistry
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • Powered by poop and pee?


    Every day, people visit the toilet. Or, in developing nations, the field, pit or other location where they can relieve themselves. With more than 7 billion people on the planet, that’s a lot of waste. Mixed with water, these wastes are known as sewage. Because they host germs, they can’t just be left lying around. If they taint the water people use for eating, drinking and bathing...

    09:27 AM, February 5, 2016 Microbes, Sustainability, Chemistry, Technology
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • Zika virus raises alarm as it spreads in the Americas

    The latest virus to break out of the tropics may be the most frightening.

    It’s called Zika virus. It has already blazed across Brazil. And it has pressed northward into Central America and Mexico. Now it is poised to jump to the United States. Infection typically causes minor or even no symptoms. But in pregnant women, it’s been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly. The condition...

    13:32 PM, January 28, 2016 Body functions, Microbes
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Cell recount: People host far fewer germs

    For decades, scientists have been saying that our bodies are home to lots of germs. How many? About 10 bacteria for every truly human cell. But that old number, a new study finds, appears to be highly inaccurate. Humans do host lots of germs, it found — but only about 30 percent more germs than human cells, not 9,000 percent more.

    Researchers shared their new calculations online January...

    07:00 AM, January 26, 2016 Cells, Microbes
    Readability Score: 7.8

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