Team finds 'inexhaustible' source of energy

A couple of grains of salt could be all that's needed to help bacteria produce hydrogen from wastewater or organic byproducts.

Bacteria generate electricity from waste


Five percent of the electricity consumed in the United States is used to power our water infrastructure.

PCs dirtier than toilet seats

If you're eating while you read this - don't. Goodness knows what bugs you're picking up.

World's oldest fossils discovered

Scientists say they've found the world's oldest fossils, the remains of tiny creatures that lived 3.4 billion years ago in a pre-oxygen world.

Bacteria use caffeine as a food source too

There is more proof that all forms of life share certain characteristics with humans. This time it’s our preference for caffeine.

Electricity could be generated from bacteria

It could soon be possible to use bacteria to generate energy, following a discovery by scientists at the University of East Anglia.

Anxiety might live in your gut, not in your head

Researchers at McMaster University have made an interesting discovery about those “gut feelings” we sometimes have. It’s a big discovery linked to little organisms.

DNA could act as an antenna in electromagnetic communications

A theoretical physicist has presented research that shows bacteria might transmit electromagnetic signals to produce species-specific wavelengths. 

Bugs in space!

Scientists have been studying how spaceflight makes bacteria more virulent, in work that could have implications for the health of the Earthbound as well as astronauts.

NASA scientist finds fossils of alien life forms

A NASA scientist says he's discovered alien life, in the form of microscopic fossils, embedded in meteorites.

Medical researchers turning bacteria against themselves

Bacteria usually attack you with toxins designed to hijack or even kill host cells. To avoid self-destruction, bacteria possess a way of protecting themselves from their own toxins.

Team builds logic gates into bacteria

A team at the University of California has successfuly implanted E coli bacteria with the key molecular circuitry to act as computers.

New bacterium found dissolving the Titanic

The good news: scientists have discovered a completely new type of bacterium that could help with the disposal of old ships and oil rigs. The bad news: it's eating the Titanic.

Humans descended from 'sewage bacteria'

Oh dear, oh dear. A week or two ago, I found myself on a city street listening to a very cross man on a soap-box explaining that evolutionary theory couldn't possibly be correct, as he remembered his grandfather and his grandfather wasn't a monkey.

ASU biologist: Anti-microbial products dangerous, don’t work

Thanks to the abundance of medical fear mongering in America, people are obsessed with killing microorganisms. Antimicrobial compounds are the weapons of choice, but a biologist at Arizona State University is saying they are unsafe and don’t work.

Bacteria may communicate through nanowires

Some bacteria grow electrical hair that lets them link up in big biological circuits, possibly communicating and sharing energy.

New bacteria could help clean up oil spill

A new strain of bacteria has been found that could help clean up some of the nastiest pollutants in the massive Gulf oil spill.

Earth microbes could contaminate Mars

Common bacteria found on spacecraft may be able to survive the harsh environs of Mars long enough to inadvertently contaminate Mars with terrestrial life.

Crime: it's a dirty business

Forensic scientists now have a new way to track criminals and terrorists - through the germs they leave behind.