microbiology

Trilobites: Your A.T.M. Is Covered in Microbes, but Mostly Harmless

Trilobites: Your A.T.M. Is Covered in Microbes, but Mostly Harmless

An A.T.M. on Third Avenue in New York City in 2013.
Gazing Into Danakil Depression’s Mirror, and Seeing Mars Stare Back

Gazing Into Danakil Depression’s Mirror, and Seeing Mars Stare Back

In pools of water in the Danakil Depression, the combination of heat, high acidity and sulfur concentrations causes bright yellow chimneys to form.
Gazing Into Danakil Depression’s Mirror, and Seeing Mars Stare Back

Gazing Into Danakil Depression’s Mirror, and Seeing Mars Stare Back

In pools of water in the Danakil Depression, the combination of heat, high acidity and sulfur concentrations causes bright yellow chimneys to form.
H. Boyd Woodruff, Microbiologist Who Paved Way for Antibiotics, Dies at 99

H. Boyd Woodruff, Microbiologist Who Paved Way for Antibiotics, Dies at 99

H. Boyd Woodruff, right, with his mentor at Rutgers, Dr. Selman A. Waksman, in 1940.
H. Boyd Woodruff, Microbiologist Who Paved Way for Antibiotics, Dies at 99

H. Boyd Woodruff, Microbiologist Who Paved Way for Antibiotics, Dies at 99

H. Boyd Woodruff, right, with his mentor at Rutgers, Dr. Selman A. Waksman, in 1940.
Small Cheese Makers Invest in a Stinky Science

Small Cheese Makers Invest in a Stinky Science

Mateo Kehler, left, and Andy Kehler make award-winning cheese at Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, Vt. The mural on the barn behind them is the work of Tara Goreau.

Growth Secrets of the Hydra

The tiny hydra, a relative of jellyfish and a favorite in school biology labs, can regrow a whole animal from a piece, partly because even small remnants contain part of a protein scaffold that guides
Rat Study Suggests Prebiotics May Help Rebound from Stress

Rat Study Suggests Prebiotics May Help Rebound from Stress

According to a new study from the University of Colorado, Boulder, regular intake of prebiotics may help to promote beneficial gut bacteria and recovery of normal sleep patterns after a […]

The New Health Care: Exciting Microbe Research? Temper That Giddy Feeling in Your Gut

Research on the microbiome is a hot topic, but it’s not easy, and there are many ways to foul things up.

Moby Microbe

Scientists have captured video of a one-celled microorganism using a complex biological harpoon gun to shoot and then tow away its prey.
Do Seas Make Us Sick? Surfers May Have the Answer

Do Seas Make Us Sick? Surfers May Have the Answer

Cliff Kapono at Black’s Beach, a popular surf spot in La Jolla, Calif.
Do Seas Make Us Sick? Surfers May Have the Answer

Do Seas Make Us Sick? Surfers May Have the Answer

Cliff Kapono at Black’s Beach, a popular surf spot in La Jolla, Calif.
Do Seas Make Us Sick? Surfers May Have the Answer

Do Seas Make Us Sick? Surfers May Have the Answer

Cliff Kapono at Black’s Beach, a popular surf spot in La Jolla, Calif.
Do Seas Make Us Sick? Surfers May Have the Answer

Do Seas Make Us Sick? Surfers May Have the Answer

Cliff Kapono at Black’s Beach, a popular surf spot in La Jolla, Calif.
Pet City: Dogs Do Their Duty for Science

Pet City: Dogs Do Their Duty for Science

Aditi Naik, a graduate student at N.Y.U., at a park in Long Island City, Queens, asking the owner of a terrier named Scarlet to allow her dog to be part of a study on microbes in New York City.

Op-Docs: Gut Hack

After a lifetime of stomach problems, Josiah Zayner declared war on his own body’s microbes.
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