Archive for microbes

I Love Bacteria

Posted in science with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Cute site: I Love Bacteria.com

It’s a great site to browse just for fun, but it also has some neat resources for parents, teachers, and kids.

Find out the answers to silly questions like, “Why do farts smell?” or, “Why is the sky blue?”  Learn how to get a hard-boiled egg in a bottle, how to make plastic, and how to extract DNA.  Discover what microbes are and get advice on becoming a scientist.  All this and more is presented in a super-cute (but not annoyingly so) and enjoyable format.  There is also a science shop with funny science apparel.  I even have one of the shirts myself (the black phagocytosis shirt).  Go visit now!

Gut-dwelling microbes and evolution

Posted in Evolution with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Short article from New Scientist here.

Quick excerpt from the article:

Jeff Gordon and Ruth Ley, microbiologists at Washington University in St. Louis, tried this approach with stool samples collected from zoos and from animals in the wild.

They found more than 20,000 different kinds of bacteria. But the closer two species were on the tree of life, the more bacterial species they had in common living in their guts.

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