New Ways to Kill Superbugs

Microbiologists are on the search for drugs to kill bacteria and after many experiments a super drug has been developed to do what antibiotics cannot.  

Bobtails + Bacteria = BFF

Bobtail Squids, a species of Cephalopods closely related to Cuttlefish, have a unique way of protecting themselves against predators at night. With the help of glowing bacteria, the squid camouflages itself against the starlit night sky.

SciTech Now 506

In this episode of SciTech Now, we look at a camouflaging Squid; research magnetic fields in rocks; go inside an operation for brain surgery; and predict weather patterns and disasters.

Germ Zapping Robots

Hospitals across the nation are challenged with maintaining a bacteria free environment for patients. Now at one hospital in New Jersey, a robot named Jimmy is making sanitization easier.

The power of a sneeze

Bacteria and viruses hitch a ride inside droplets of all kinds—sneezes, raindrops, toilet splatter. By reviewing footage of different types of drops, an applied mathematician records and measures where they disperse in order to better understand how diseases spread.

The science of the human underarm

A team of researchers from North Carolina Central University are studying how products like deodorants and antiperspirants change the makeup and diversity of the bacteria in the human underarm.

SciTech Now Episode 229

Researchers studying the zebrafish are making new discoveries in developmental biology; SciStarter founder, Darlene Cavalier, is crowdsourcing science research; the innovators behind RaceYa share their educational toy cars; and a dangerous flesh-eating bacteria is becoming a public health problem in warm coastal waters.

The healing power of shark skin?

Recent outbreaks of drug-resistant bacteria in several U.S. hospitals has experts looking for innovative solutions. One University of Florida professor thinks shark skin could offer hope.

Microbial Ecologist answers the question, “What is the human microbiome?”

Microbial Ecologist Jack Gilbert explains that the human microbiome is the bacteria, the fungi, and the viruses that we find inside our body. There’s around a hundred trillion cells of bacteria and viruses inside our body, and they outnumber our own human cells by about two to three times. They weigh around two to three pounds, which is about the same weight as your brain. So if you think your brain is important, your microbiome is probably equally so.

It’s a microbe’s world…we’re just living and dying in it

Our last post explored the significance of what is becoming something of a buzzword in today’s science news: the microbiome.  For those of you who missed it, here is the abridged version.  The human microbiome consists of vast communities of bacteria, fungi, and viruses living in and on the body.  Yes, you live to serve […]