Spider's silk is incredibly durable and insanely strong, but it's difficult to harvest because, you know, spiders. A German company is using E. coli to mass produce it, and it's been selling the product to shampoo companies.
Pills filled with strains of good bacteria, rather than drugs, could lead the way in curing illness.
Both Willy Wonka and his dentist father would be so, so proud.
The common E. coli bacteria strain now does more than infect your food — it can also produce gasoline.
Plus it's made of bacteria. Just what that empty space on your laboratory wall needs.
The structure of cicada wings can destroy bacteria, and it's the first natural material we've found that does it.
IBM's new antimicrobial hydrogel tackles diseased biofilms and kills drug resistant bacteria.
Concrete is the most popular building material on the planet, probably because it's very strong, easy to work with and cheap, being made mostly of rocks. There are some durability issues with concrete, though, and to make it stronger, Dutch scientists have added self-healing capsules to help buildings heal cracks on their own.
It took us humans a long, long time to figure out that electricity is good for blogging, but other living things have been taking advantage of it for ages to do other, more important things like lighting up Christmas trees. Scientists in Denmark have discovered a new sort of bacteria that also use electricity, making a living by acting as microscopic extension cords.
When you are planning to put in some serious time on the trail, the goal is to pack light. There is nothing more annoying than having a bunch of fiddly gadgets for everything. That's why integrating the purifier — in this case a UV bulb — into the lid of your water bottle is such a good idea.