Researchers reveal Earth's habitable lifetime and investigate potential for alien life
Habitable conditions on Earth will be possible for at least another 1.75 billion years – according to astrobiologists at the University of East Anglia.
Newly discovered microbe holds key to global warming
(Phys.org) —Scientists from The University of Queensland have discovered a microbe that is set to play a significant role in future global warming.
The bug that lays the golden egg
Among the more peculiar organisms that inhabit our Earth exists a bacterium that turns water-soluble gold into microscopic nuggets of solid gold, scientists said Sunday.
Purple bacteria on earth could survive alien light
Purple bacteria contain pigments that allow them to use sunlight as their source of energy, hence their color. Small as they are, these microbes can teach us a lot about life on Earth, because they have been ...
Billion-year-old water could hold clues to life on Earth and Mars
A UK-Canadian team of scientists has discovered ancient pockets of water, which have been isolated deep underground for billions of years and contain abundant chemicals known to support life.
Scientists discover thriving colonies of microbes in ocean 'plastisphere'
(Phys.org) —Scientists have discovered a diverse multitude of microbes colonizing and thriving on flecks of plastic that have polluted the oceans—a vast new human-made flotilla of microbial communities ...
Rare new microbe found in two distant clean rooms
(Phys.org) —A rare, recently discovered microbe that survives on very little to eat has been found in two places on Earth: spacecraft clean rooms in Florida and South America.
Detecting biomarkers on faraway planets
(Phys.org) —On Earth, life leaves telltale signals in the atmosphere. Photosynthesis is ultimately responsible for the high oxygen levels and the thick ozone layer. Microbes emit methane and nitrous oxide ...
Soil beneath ocean found to harbor long lived bacteria, fungi and viruses
Not as evolved as we think: Adaptation neither stops nor makes value judgments, author says
Lest you think you're at the top of the evolutionary heap, looking down your highly evolved nose at the earth's lesser creatures, Marlene Zuk has a message for you: When it comes to evolution, there is no ...
Microbes buy low and sell high
The idea that people make calculated decisions that allow them to obtain the most goods with the smallest amount of effort—a complex hypothesis called 'economic man' for short—often has been challenged. ...
How do bees make honey? It's not just bee barf
(Phys.org) —Last weekend, my daughter asked me how bees made honey, and I realized that I didn't know the answer. How do bees make honey? I did some homework, and can now explain it to her – and to you.
Life found in the sediments of an Antarctic subglacial lake for the first time
Evidence of diverse life forms dating back nearly a hundred thousand years has been found in subglacial lake sediments by a group of British scientists.
Researchers explore natural solution to rid household plumbing of dangerous pathogens
(Phys.org) —Microbes are everywhere – thousands of species are in your mouth, and thousands are in a glass of tap water. The ones in your mouth are mostly harmless – as long as you brush and floss so ...