I Study Corpses in ‘Body Farms’ for a Living
"You see the body of someone you might run into at the supermarket transform into something pretty nasty."
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Government Scientists Discover Biggest Bacteria Ever, Visible to Naked Eye
Measuring the width of a Cheerio, Thiomargarita magnifica is 50 times bigger than any other bacteria.
Discovery Dramatically Rewrites History of Life on Earth, Scientists Say
Scientists present more evidence for the oldest known fossils on Earth, which could bolster the search for alien life.
Superbug-Infected Chicken Is Being Sold All Over the US
A certain amount of bacteria is allowed under USDA rules, but companies routinely exceed that—and don’t have to recall their products.
Researchers Want to Know What Your Sourdough Starter Smells Like
Your starter is a window into the microbes that live in your environment.
Scientists Unearth an Ancient Lost Forest ‘Entombed’ Off Alabama's Coast
These underwater cypress trees are 60,000 years old, and may help pioneer new drug treatments.
Copper Destroys Viruses and Bacteria. Why Isn’t It Everywhere?
It could destroy norovirus, MRSA, virulent strains of E. coli, and coronaviruses—including the novel strain currently causing the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Wild Discovery About Fungi Just Changed Earth's Evolutionary Timeline
The finding deepens our understanding of how modern life originated on Earth and shows there’s a lot we still don’t know about our planet’s history.
Scientists Engineered Bacteria to Produce Huge Amounts of Psilocybin
The bacterial strain can produce more of the psychoactive compound in "magic mushrooms" than any other organism to date.
A Bizarre New Species of Mollusk Eats Rocks, Poops Sand, and Shapes Rivers
Lithoredo abatanica, a very weird shipworm found in a river in the Philippines, represents both a new species and genus.
Climate Change May Be Spawning Flesh-Eating Bacteria in New Jersey
Put them together with "brain-eating" amoeba, and it's shaping up to be a summer from hell.