Antarctica’s icy lakes are home to a surprisingly diverse community of viruses, including some that were previously unidentified.
At first glance, Antarctica’s freshwater lakes don’t seem very hospitable to life. They remain frozen for a good nine months out of the year, and they contain very few nutrients. Some of these lakes have little animal life and are dominated by microorganisms, including algae, bacteria, protozoans and viruses.
With few animal and microbial [...]
(Medical Xpress) — Scientists using nanotechology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry have created the first cavity-filling composite that kills harmful bacteria and regenerates tooth structure lost to bacterial decay.
Rather than just limiting decay with conventional fillings, the new composite is a revolutionary dental weapon to control harmful bacteria, which co-exist in the natural colony of microorganisms in the mouth, says professor Huakun (Hockin) Xu, PhD, MS.
“Tooth decay means that [...]
‘All infectious diseases we get, we get indoors,’ says scientist
A person’s mere presence in a room can add 37 million bacteria to the air every hour — material largely left behind by previous occupants and stirred up from the floor, according to new research.
‘We live in this microbial soup, and a big ingredient is our own microorganisms,’ said Jordan Peccia, associate professor of environmental engineering at Yale and the principal [...]
February 27, 2012
What if it was possible to eliminate much of the world’s otherwise very-slowly-biodegrading plastic waste using a natural Amazonian fungus? Well, it just might be, thanks to research conducted by Jonathan Russell and colleagues from Yale University‘s Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, who recently discovered that Pestalotiopsis microspora effectively eats away polyurethane (PUR) plastics, and is capable of using plastic as its sole food source in both aerobic and anaerobic [...]
Toxic botulism in animals linked to RoundUp Posted on December 20, 2011 by geobear7 | 13 Comments
Dr Mercola recently interviewed Dr Don Huber, whose letter to the USDA warning that Monsanto’s RoundUp, a broad-spectrum “herbicide” that has been linked with spontaneous abortion in animals, continues to be ignored by food and environmental safety authorities. In this important hour-long discussion, Huber, a plant pathologist for over 50 years, explains how RoundUp is destroying our healthy soils by killing needed microorganisms.
Not only [...]
National Sourdough Bread Day
If you don’t expect bread to taste sour on April 1, the joke will be on you. Sourdough bread dates back the Egyptians and references to it are found in recipe books from the 17th century. This food holiday without an identifiable origin may be national, but the actual flavors in sourdough are regional. The sour flavor in these loaves comes from bacteria and [...]
* Most Wal-Marts let you park overnight for free
* Rest stops can be good, especially if there is security provided
* Most National Forests (grasslands, etc.) and Bureau of Land Management properties allow free camping for up to 2 weeks (but no one actually checks..)
* Church parking lots are usually good