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Wednesday, October 20, 2021



Should you get a microbiome test?

October 16, 2021 12:32 am

Scientists have identified gut microbes that are linked to insulin resistance, obesity and metabolic diseases

Fact check: Can immunity really be 'boosted'?

September 16, 2021 12:28 pm

In simple terms, immunity refers to the body’s ability to fight infections and/or prevent the invasion of pathogens, whether bacteria or virus

Can microbes help boost vigour? Yes, in hybrid corn

September 24, 2021 4:33 pm

Microbial communities associated with the root biomass of hybrids differed considerably from the non-hybrid varieties.

New theory: Earth's longer days kick-started oxygen growth

August 03, 2021 1:34 pm

Earth's slowing rotation, which gradually lengthened days from six hours to the current 24 hours, was key for the cyanobacteria in making the planet more breathable.

This strange microbe may mark one of life’s great leaps

January 23, 2020 8:56 pm

Evolutionary biologists have long puzzled over how eukaryotes could have evolved from such simple precursors.

Ancient female's "chewing gum" reveals details about stone age people's diet: Study

December 18, 2019 5:18 pm

The study noted that Stylholm is one of the biggest Stone Age sites in Denmark.

Microbes don't mutate into dangerous superbugs in space: Study

January 09, 2019 4:25 pm

While the team from Northwestern University in the US found that the bacteria isolated from the ISS did contain different genes than their Earthling counterparts, those genes did not make the bacteria more detrimental to human health.

Scientists to hunt microbes beneath Antarctic ice sheet

January 05, 2019 9:04 pm

The expedition, known as SALSA, hopes to shed light on what kind of life can survive in such remote regions and serve as an on-Earth comparison for habitats deep inside Mars or on the ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

New graphene-based sensor could boost food safety

December 06, 2018 3:13 pm

The excellent optical and electronic properties of graphene make it attractive for sensors that use electromagnetic waves known as plasmons that propagate along the surface of a conducting material in response to light exposure.

Food source no longer an astronaut's worry, as scientists convert human waste to food

January 29, 2018 8:21 pm

A new study has enabled scientists to convert human waste back into food. This is expected to have applications for astronauts, as food requirements become an issue during long spaceflights.