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The secret to vinegar’s tangy flavor lies in bacteria
Microbial powerhouses are responsible for the most common of household substances.
Grime-loving bacteria could save priceless art
We think of bacteria as dirty, but sometimes they can actually clean up after us humans.
Can you live on bread and water alone?
And does it matter which type of bread?
Scientists genetically engineered prehistoric proteins to detect diseases
How a curious ancient protein could be the next frontier of imaging.
Frozen Siberian microbes just woke up from a 24,000-year nap—and immediately got busy
The microscopic organisms wasted no time cloning themselves.
Some of Earth’s tiniest living things could survive on Mars
Bacteria and fungi were hurled into Earth’s middle stratosphere, which resembles many of Mars’ harsh conditions.
Glacier-dwelling bacteria thrive on chemical energy derived from rocks and water
Who needs sunlight? Not these microbes.
These rock-eating microbes could help us settle the Moon and Mars
They could extract elements needed for farming and engineering.
Traces of life on Venus now seem dubious
Three new studies failed to find similar levels of phosphine, the life-hinting molecule.
Clumps of bacteria could spread life between planets
A unique trick could let microbes zip from Earth to Mars, for example, and survive the trek.