Concrete-Dissolving Bacteria are Destroying Sewers

Underground in places nobody likes to look, bacteria are doing terrible things to our sewage pipes. The concrete pipes that carry our waste are literally dissolving away, forcing engineers into a messy, expensive battle against tiny microbes. Read More >>

This Pretty Gel is a Smart Tag That Changes Colour When Food Spoils

Thanks to what looks like a little square of jelly, you could tell your milk has gone bad without even opening the (gross-smelling) container. The gel is actually a nanorod-embedded smart tag that changes from red to green, mimicking the growth of bacteria in milk without touching it. Read More >>

The Five-Second Rule is Now Supported by Scientific Evidence

Looks like it's time to start giving 10-year-olds a little more credit where there scientific claims are concerned. According to a new study from Aston University in Birmingham they were right all along—five seconds really does make a difference in terms of food safety. Read More >>

Watch Bacteria Instantly Turn Water Into Ice

How does it work? It's the same principle behind how snow forms in the atmosphere (and in artificial snow machines, too—we'll get to that later). An ice crystal needs to form around a nucleus, which can be a bit of dust, soot, pollen, or, as we've seen, bacteria. Pure water doesn't have to crystallise into ice until it's as cold as -48 C below zero. In the demo here, the water has been supercooled to about -29 C, but it only freezes over after the P. syringae is added. Read More >>

How the Architecture of Our Buildings Shapes the Germs Around Us

We design buildings to make human lives better—but should we also design them to make bacteria healthier? A new study posits just that, suggesting that the microbial communities that live among us are deeply influenced by the design of our buildings. Read More >>

Deadly Superbugs Are Breeding Like Crazy in Chinese Sewage Plants

Prepare your immune system because what you're about to read will make you sick. No, seriously, it's dangerous. Like Contagion level dangerous. Read More >>

The World's Greatest Scientists Invent Cavity Free Sweets

With a breakthrough that will finally help Halloween top Christmas as the best holiday ever, scientists at the Berlin based biotech lab Organo Balance claim to have developed sweets that don't cause cavities. You'll still get sick and pack on the pounds from gorging on sweets, but if you forget to brush your teeth, your chompers won't rot out of your head. Read More >>

Scientists Accidentally Discover Incredible Bacteria-Killing Surface

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to worry about germs crawling around on your kitchen countertop? Well, thanks to a new discovery by Australian scientists, that could soon be a reality. And it doesn't require a drop of disinfectant. Read More >>

The New Deadliest Substance Known to Man Is Top Secret (For Now)

Scientists recently discovered a new type of botulinum toxin (a.k.a. botox) that they believe is the deadliest substance known to man. Because they've yet to discover an antitoxin, researchers won't publish the details of gene sequence due to security concerns—a first for the scientific community. Thank God. Read More >>

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Science Says Not to Wash Your Chicken Before You Cook It

Here's something to bring up the next time you're eating after being a winner winner: you don't actually have to wash the raw chicken with water before you cook it. Read More >>

Hospital Fined for Putting Poop Germs in Patients' Brains on Purpose

Horrible as it sounds the incident wasn't actually malicious, just questionably ethical and poorly executed. The three patients in question all had end stage glioblastoma multiforme, which basically means "aggressive, fatal brain tumors." According to documentation, the purposeful infection was supposed to "create a wound infection that would attack tumour cells." It didn't, and all three patients eventually died due to complications. Read More >>

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This Psychedelic Art Is Actually Bacteria

This swirling mass may look like some kind of LSD trip, but it's actually fractal artwork created using bacteria. Read More >>

Ice? Pah! You May as Well Be Drinking Toilet Water

Next time you're in Beijing trying to escape the heat by going to KFC and ordering a refreshing beverage, you might want to think again, or at least order that lemonade WITHOUT ice. Read More >>

Socially Networked Bacteria Isn't as Scary as It Sounds

It's safe to say that anytime bacteria develops human-like traits, we should be startled. We've long known that the tiny little critters have ways of smelling and tasting, and then earlier this year, we learned about their simplistic economics system. Now, scientists have learned that they use social networks, too. Read More >>

Space Can Turn Bacteria Into Supercharged Mutant Monsters

While it's still questionable whether or not humans could really thrive in space, we now know that, even if our own bodies are doomed to become weak and decrepit, any bacteria we tote along have every chance of living full, happy lives. Because according to new research, space might be exactly what bacteria need to become a thicker, stronger, superpowered mutant versions unlike anything we've ever seen on Earth. Read More >>

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Bacteria Never Looked So Beautiful

Think of bacteria, and you probably think of illness, infection, and other unpleasantries. But this picture shows that they have a beautiful side after all. Read More >>


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