News tagged with microbes

Sex matters for microbes

Caught in the act! Researchers from the University of Bristol have observed mating for the first time in the microbes responsible for African sleeping sickness. This tropical disease is caused by trypanosomes, single-celled ...

Jan 03, 2014 5 / 5 (4) 1 | with audio podcast

Hard rock life

Scientists are digging deep into the Earth's surface collecting census data on the microbial denizens of the hardened rocks. What they're finding is that, even miles deep and halfway across the globe, many of these communities ...

Dec 09, 2013 3.9 / 5 (7) 0 | with audio podcast

Secrets from the deep

Violent bursts of organic matter from dying organisms, continuous showers of "marine snow" from the upper layers of a water column, and nutrients leaking from creatures so tiny they are invisible to the naked ...

Nov 21, 2013 5 / 5 (3) 0

A living desert underground

Hidden underneath the hilly grasslands studded with ocotillos and mesquite trees in southeastern Arizona lies a world shrouded in perpetual darkness: Kartchner Caverns, a limestone cave system renowned for ...

Nov 20, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 0