You and the trillions of microbes in your gut can live in harmony.
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The types of microbes residing in your gut can affect your mental and physical health. Home microbiome tests promise to help consumers improve the composition of their gut microbes.
Without obvious signs of contamination like the mold in this jam, consumers use expiration dates to decide whether to keep or throw away food.
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Current expiration date system leads to confused consumers and wasted food.
Plastic trash accumulates in trees and shrubs along the Los Angeles River.
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Plastic is made from oil and natural gas, which started out as fossilized plant and animal material. But buried deep underground for millions of years, those materials changed in important ways.
Toe jam was mentioned in a song by The Beatles. Maybe they knew a thing or two about foot hygiene.
Permafrost and ice wedges have built up over millennia in the Arctic. When they thaw, they destabilize the surrounding landscape.
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Ground is collapsing and massive lakes are draining in a matter of days. Thawing permafrost is having profound effects on the region and its infrastructure.
Fungi that live on plant roots can help with the uptake of nutrients.
Plants communicate with the fungi on their roots, but the effects on the ecosystem of deliberately adding fungi as a fertilizer are unknown — and might be harmful.
In ancient Earth’s atmosphere, microbes called acetogens were able to recycle carbon dioxide using chemical energy sources such as hydrogen.
Low-cost air-ventilation systems have been installed in many classrooms across the U.S. to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.
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Air-ventilation upgrades have been badly needed in U.S. classrooms since long before the pandemic. Low-tech filtration systems that cost about the same as a textbook per student can make a big difference.
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We can fine-tune bacteria using algorithms to help them produce the things we need, from antibiotics to methane.
Spending more time in nature may be associated with less fear of germs.
A fear of microbes, like germs, could be harming human health.
A tailings pond at an oilsands facility near Fort McMurray, Alta., in July 2012. The estimated cost of reclaiming oilsands mines is almost $31 billion.
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Solutions to some of the globe’s most daunting environmental challenges may be closer than you think. Scientists are harnessing nature to clean up toxic chemicals and mining waste.
With an average shelf life of nine years, the coming tsunami of waste EV batteries needs action now.
Glaciers aren’t sterile wastelands – they’re chock-full of microscopic life.
Invisible to the eye, the microbial life in the air around us can vary depending on our environment.
Officials in Quebec, Canada recently removed graphene-coated face masks from schools and daycare centers.
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Some face masks now come with a coating of graphene, a substance that can kill microbes. Is it safe to breathe it in?
Scientists are starting to use genetic information from bacteria to measure the health of vast areas of the ocean.
Giant old trees in the rainforest at Campement de Kloto, Missahoe, Agomé in Togo, West Africa.
A stable ecosystem of organic matter is the key to improving agricultural yields in the surrounding farmland and fighting climate change.
Leeuwenhoek refined the magnifying glass, creating the world’s first microscope.
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Van Leeuwenhoek, who discovered bacteria, is one of the most important figures in the history of medicine, laying the groundwork for today’s understanding of infectious disease.
Underneath the shiny wrapper, a chocolate bunny is a fermented food.
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Sauerkraut, sourdough, beer…and chocolate? They’re all fermented foods that rely on microbes of various types to transform the flavor of their raw ingredients into something totally different.
Being a good mother depends on many factors, including the the bacteria in the mouse mother’s gut.
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Microbes can alter the minds of mouse mothers and disrupt their natural instinct to nurture their young.