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.
When we look at a petri dish we would only see the large blobs or sprawling fractal patterns of bacterial growth visible to the naked eye. But, when formed under certain conditions and viewed under a microscope a whole new world opens up. Surprisingly, it is beautiful one
Each one of those lovely blue pixels in the picture above is in fact a little chamber containing thousands of bacteria, which turn themselves on and off in unison to create a living fluorescent display. It's not an infectious disease, it's a biopixel! Or, well, I guess maybe it's both.
Philips certainly has some crazy ideas about how we're going to live in the future, and one of them involves using huge wall-mounted vats of bioluminescent bacteria to provide soft green light at night.