Climate change could alter key ocean bacteria : Study

Climate change could put a type of oceanic bacteria into evolutionary overdrive in a way that could pose a threat to its long-term survivability and its important role in the food chain, according to a study published on Tuesday.

Here's how fish oil diets benefit you

While diets rich in fish oil produce gut bacteria known to reduce weight gain and improve glucose metabolism, consumption of animal fat promotes growth of bacteria linked to gut inflammation, new research has found.

Humans carry more superbugs than farm animals
Humans carry more superbugs than farm animals

Humans carry more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than the farm animals they handle.

Now, germ-killing charger that cleans your cellphone

 A first-of-its-kind cellphone charger that uses ultraviolet light to kill germs and sanitise your device has been developed in the US.

Are currency notes making you sick?

This may come as a shocking news to some. Believe it or not but there are dozens of disease-causing micro-organisms travelling in your wallet, according to a group of scientists after studying notes of Rs. 10, Rs. 20 and Rs. 100 procured from markets in south Delhi.

Anti-smoking drug from nicotine-eating bacteria

A bacterium that consumes nicotine may help scientists develop a powerful anti-smoking drug.

'Microbiota' prevents development of type 1 diabetes

Scientists have found that a set of bacteria in our body, known as microbiota, can also protect us against the development of type 1 diabetes.

Astronauts at increased risk of gut diseases
Astronauts at increased risk of gut diseases

Prolonged spaceflight may effect changes in the bacteria residing inside the gut, making astronauts vulnerable to inflammatory bowel diseases, says a new study.

European Space Agency sends Kombucha microbes to space!

The European Space Agency has sent samples of bacteria and yeasts that are used to make Kombucha, an ancient brew drunk for centuries in Eurasia, to space to understand what forms of life can survive beyond Earth.

Even bacteria inside our body into trading

 Economic concepts not just explain about how societies buy, sell, and trade goods and services but can also explore the mysteries about the behaviour of microbial life on the earth and inside our body, a study says.

Bees naturally immunize their babies
Bees naturally immunize their babies

 Bees naturally immunize their offspring against specific diseases found in environment and for them the process may be as simple as eating, says a study.

2016 Rio Olympic athletes risk serious illness from polluted water: Report
2016 Rio Olympic athletes risk serious illness from polluted water: Report

Athletes risk serious illness from dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria in sewage-contaminated waters at the swimming and boating venues being prepared for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Gut bacteria can trigger depression

 Intestinal bacteria plays a key role in inducing anxiety and depression that can lead to early life stress, scientists from McMaster University in Canada have discovered.

Unlocking rice immune system will benefit humanity: Scientists

 Rice is a staple food for half of the world's population. To protect it against deadly pathogens, a team of researchers has identified a bacterial signal that, when recognised by rice plants, enables them resist a devastating blight disease.

How plants keep bad bacteria out

In what could lead to increased plant productivity, a defence hormone that performs double tasks has been detected. It keeps bad bacteria out from the surface as well as inside the plant's roots and actively recruits the good ones, new research shows.

Diversify your diet to stay healthy

The more diverse your diet, the better are your chances of staying healthy for long, says a study.

Bacteria could control robots in future
Bacteria could control robots in future

Believe it or not -- bacteria can control the behaviour of an inanimate device like a robot!

New method to develop more efficient drugs

Scientists have developed a new approach to develop highly-potent drugs which could overcome current shortcomings of low drug efficacy and multi-drug resistance in patients.

DARPA to terraform Mars with human-engineered organisms

US defense scientists are planning to use genetically engineered algae, bacteria and plants to radically transform the climate of Mars and terraform it into an Earth-like planet.

'Music festival wrist bands can be deadly'

Music festival wristbands possess alarming levels of bacteria which can pose a deadly risk, says a scientist.