A common gut bacteria that's responsible for many healthcare-related infections has become more tolerant to hand sanitizers in hospitals. What does this mean for our everyday use of hand sanitizers?
Public Health August 3, 2018
More than 500 people reported having experienced gastrointestinal illness after visiting CLIMB Works in Gatlinburg. Local health officials determined the water well as the root cause of infection among the visitors.
Public Health July 11, 2018
Scientists can now easily recreate viruses or make bacteria more dangerous, a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense revealed. The report named and classified a number of biological weapons that could be created from today’s technology.
Biotech June 20, 2018
A species of low-light adapted cyanobacteria can be sent to Mars to produce oxygen for colonists. These organisms can thrive in harsh environments and could make the Red Planet breathable to humans.
Space June 18, 2018
Scientists revealed that a type of cyanobacteria called chroococcidiopsis absorbs low light and still produces oxygen. This organism can be used to help humans explore Mars.
Space June 15, 2018
Kitchen towels may harbor dangerous bacteria such as E. coli from human feces that can cause food poisoning. Which families are at greater risk of using contaminated towels?
Healthy Living/Wellness June 10, 2018
The 3,800-year-old skeletons of a woman and man buried together were discovered in Russia. Researchers say their teeth contain the bacteria that caused the Black Death.
Ancient June 10, 2018
A group of chemists discovered that bacteria lurking in the recesses of spacecraft are resistant to NASA’s stringent cleaning measures. If left unchecked, the microbes could invade other worlds and confound humanity’s search for extraterrestrial life.
Space June 7, 2018
A new study revealed that consuming foods high in fat can contribute to bacteria in the gut and can lead to osteoarthritis. Many of these are the ones usually found in fast food restaurants.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 30, 2018
As antibiotic-resistant superbugs continue to spread, some bacteria can actually eat antibiotics. A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reveals why this could be a good thing.
Medicine April 30, 2018
Heavy drinkers tend to have an overabundance of bad mouth bacteria linked to increased risk for gum disease and cancer. Drinking alcohol may also cause permanent damage to the brain and body.
Public Health April 26, 2018
By applying tweaks to a bacteria that can eat plastic, researchers accidentally produced an enzyme that can break down plastic in a much faster rate. The groundbreaking study could pave the way for more effective ways to fight plastic pollution.
Earth/Environment April 18, 2018
Your hands may be getting bacteria right after washing them, if you use the hand dryers in public restrooms. This should not stop people from washing their hands though, as they just need to dry their hands another way.
Public Health April 12, 2018
Scientists have successfully engineered bacteria that can produce high-energy carbon rings, which can be used to make other materials. Such rings were previously difficult to prepare.
Energy April 9, 2018
Could the clouds of Venus actually host extraterrestrial life? Researchers of a new study said that the dark patches in the clouds of the planet could be comparable to algae blooms.
Space March 31, 2018
The quintessential bathtime toy comes with a very dirty secret, it is covered in bacteria, according to a new study. Scientists discovered that 4 out of 5 rubber ducks contained pathogenic bacteria.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 27, 2018
The World Health Organization identified Disease X as a global threat. A deadly epidemic caused by the still unknown pathogen may emerge from a variety of sources and may strike anytime.
Public Health March 10, 2018
From your workspace to office kitchens and copy machines, there are many office supplies that are contaminated with harmful bacteria. A microbiologist has revealed the biggest reason why people get sick at the office.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 4, 2018
A strain of bacteria that commonly lives on the human skin produces 6-HAP that can kill cancer cells without harming other cells. About 20 percent of healthy humans have 6-HAP-producing Staphylococcus epidermidis.
Public Health February 28, 2018
Scientists at Purdue University think that Elon's Musk's Tesla car currently in orbit around the sun was not sterilized before it was launched into space. What could happen if it contaminated Mars?
Space February 28, 2018
Antibacterial wipes are used to kill 99 percent of germs, such as cold and flu viruses and allergens, such as pollen and pet dander. A new experiment found that instead of killing germs, the disinfecting wipes spread them.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 26, 2018
For the first time, scientists were able to measure the quantity of viruses and bacteria in the Earth's atmosphere. They were surprised to know that enormous viruses and bacteria are falling down on Earth daily.
Earth/Environment February 8, 2018
Amid plans to send humans to planet Mars, researchers have shown the possibility of using human waste to provide nutrients for astronauts on deep-space mission. The process involves use of bacteria and anaerobic digestion.
Space January 28, 2018
In 2015, a deadly disease wiped out half of the entire saiga population in Kazakhstan. Scientists suspected that environmental changes triggered such event, and a new study confirmed this theory.
Animals January 18, 2018
Next time you crave for oysters, think again. A woman from Texas reportedly died weeks after eating fresh oysters that were infected with flesh-eating bacteria. This condition is rare, but deadly.
Public Health January 9, 2018
The International Space station is filled with germs, but it's possibly a good sign of a healthy spacecraft. Still, it's important to identify these microbes, especially now that humanity has a renewed interest in further space exploration.
Space December 7, 2017
Oral bacteria linked to gum disease were found to be associated with higher risk for esophageal cancer. Researchers also found two types of bacteria in the mouth that may reduce risk of developing esophageal tumor.
Public Health December 4, 2017
How do E.coli bacteria that cause urinary tract infections respond to antibiotic treatments in space? NASA's EcAMSat small satellite experiment may reveal how to more effectively fight bacteria in microgravity.
Space November 27, 2017
Experts have warned about the dangers of using the cellphone inside the bathroom. Here's why it is not a good idea to browse through your Facebook News Feed while sitting on the toilet.
Public Health October 9, 2017
E.coli bacteria sent to the International Space Station were observed to change shape after being subjected with the antibiotic that kills them on Earth. What does this mean to future space explorations?
Space September 15, 2017
How did the first animals appeared on Earth and paved the way for the existence of complex life and humans? Algae blooms that followed the melting of snowball Earth may hold the answer.
Animals August 17, 2017
Microwaving kitchen sponges or cleaning them in hot and soapy water does not remove the bacteria and may even make them dirtier. Here's what experts advise for cleaner and safer kitchen sponges.
Public Health August 7, 2017
Scientists reveal that kitchen sponges may be more dangerous than originally believed and should be replaced weekly. Cleaning or sterilizing sponges do not remove bacteria.
Public Health August 4, 2017
Scientists discover another reason why fast food is unhealthy. Three major fast food chains in the UK test positive for poo bacteria in its iced drinks.
Public Health July 21, 2017
Harvard researchers have successfully encoded a five-frame GIF into the DNA of living E. coli bacteria. The new method could lead to a more stable, long-term data storage than silicon memory.
Material Science July 13, 2017
A study indicated that drug resistant enterococci or Superbugs existed even before the dawn of the dinosaurs. The research conducted also isolated the genes responsible for the superior resistance in these bacterial strains.
Public Health May 12, 2017
Elton John canceled his tour in the United States after suffering from a dangerous bacterial infection. The artist will resume his tour but the following nine concerts won't happen.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 25, 2017
Harvard researchers may have found a way to end world hunger through their bionic leaf, which produces cheap fertilizer potent enough to make crops grow 1.5 times bigger. Read on to see how the invention works!
Material Science April 5, 2017
Scientists may have discovered a way to increase the potency of antibiotics. An extract derived from maple syrup could possibly decrease the consumption of antibiotics by 90 percent.
Medicine April 4, 2017
New research has found that orcas or killer whales breath out good bacteria, pathogenic ones such as salmonella, and fungi when they exhale. Human waste contaminating the environment may be to blame.
Animals March 25, 2017
Putting a cover paper on a toilet seat to prevent acquiring infection only makes the matter worse. Toilet seats, according to public health experts, are not vehicles for the transmission of any infectious agents.
Public Health March 20, 2017
A multi-state Listeria outbreak has been detected by health officials and they are reportedly looking into the issue. This bacterium has already caused two deaths and has resulted in hospitalization of four more individuals.
Public Health March 12, 2017
A new study paints a scary picture of how raindrops can help spread bacteria. Watch the video here.
Earth/Environment March 8, 2017
An algae belonging to the Sphaerocystis species survived 16 months of extreme condition outside of the International Space Station. What makes it a good candidate as a food source for the manned Mars mission?
Space February 13, 2017
A family in Minnesota is now finally filing charges against a dentist for the death of their daughter during routine wisdom tooth removal. It was a change of heart as they have formerly expressed no intention to sue the doctor for malpractice.
Medicine January 29, 2017
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