How deadly dragonfly wings bust up bacteria

Scientists have revealed the intricate detail of how dragonfly wings kill bacteria, thanks to new methods for using very powerful microscopes to see nature's smallest structures in three dimensions.

How drug-resistant bacteria build defences

Improved understanding of the way hundreds of different types of disease-causing bacteria operate could help pave the way to tackling their effects, according to leading scientists.

Bacteria must make evolutionary size vs. function tradeoffs

How small can the smallest organism possibly be? Is there a limit to how large an organism can be? These fundamental questions of biology span the fields of evolution, ecology, and astrobiology and are important to understanding ...

Biodiversity below ground is just as important as above ground

Although most of the world's biodiversity is below ground, surprisingly little is known about how it affects ecosystems or how it will be affected by climate change. A new study demonstrates that soil bacteria and the richness ...

Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water

Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal: what is thought to be some of the purest water on Earth.

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