Preliminary results from a water sample from the submerged Antarctic Lake Vostok are in, and Russian scientists have found bacterial life way down there, but as far as they can tell, it’s not from any known subkingdom.
Being able to shit gold has been a dream of both kings and peasants for thousands of years, but scientists have discovered a bacteria that does just that. GOLD FOR EVERYBODY.
If you’ve ever hoped that you could self-diagnose a wide range of intestinal issues with rainbow colored poo, E. Chromi might become your new beverage of choice. The probiotic drink is now used just to detect the presence of E. coli, but one day will be able to tell you if you have colon cancer, worms, rotavirus or a stomach ulcer. Magic rainbow poo.
Even though many companies are moving towards flash storage as prices of flash storage go down, there might still be a place for magnetic media for quite some time. And in the future, your magnetic hard drives might not be milled from metal, but grown from colonies of magnetic bacteria.
Bacteria certainly aren’t harmless by any means, but looking at them, they don’t look at big and mean and scary like a lion or a T-rex. But these microscopic creatures use more than just chemical warfare— it turns out that some bacteria go all Assassin’s Creed on other bacteria, using poisonous spring-loaded daggers to shank a bitch in the back.
How many days have you been wearing that same pair of jeans? No, actually I don’t want to know. But in the future, that won’t matter, because your clothes won’t collect germs at all, and it’s an accumulation of bacteria that make your clothes stink. But with new technology that makes textiles permanently germ-free, you’ll be able to wear that same pair of tighty whities with confidence that your ball funk isn’t ruining the party.
How well do you know your belly button? When was the last time that you stared into your navel to discover new truths? Some scientists did just that and came away identifying some 1400 strains of bacteria living in your tiny navel, 662 of which had never been discovered before. You’ve got a whole unknown world sitting on your belly button.
After 10 years of study, Richard B. Hoover from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center feels certain that he’s found the fossilized remains of extraterrestrial bacteria in several meteorites.
If you have enough trouble navigating the world of two sexes, imagine if you were a Tetrahymena thermophila, a bacteria that has seven distinct genders to deal with. The good news is that all seven of them are completely compatible with each other, making for what I can only imagine as one wild bacteria party.
Last week, NASA was nearly on the verge of peeing itself like an excited puppy when it announced that it has discovered bacterial life in a lake in California that built its DNA on a backbone of arsenic rather than phosphorus rather than every other living thing on the planet. But now it appears that this may not be correct and NASA may have been sloppy, premature and amateurish in publishing its reports.