The ripples on a sandy seafloor are clearly caused by the dependable ebb and flow of our ocean's currents. But what about in prehistoric stone? Miniature versions of these ripples are frequently found in fossils - presented in such a way that is not reminiscent of anything seen today. Now, researchers finally believe they have determined what these wrinkles in rock actually are: the "footprints" of ancient microbial life.
If people are scrunching their noses around you every time you go to the gym, you may not have a body odor problem. It may just have a polyester problem. That is, according to new research that claims that polyester is a more ideal breeding ground for smelly bacteria than cotton.
You may not know it, but you are the ultimate moving van for microbial life. Researchers have recently found that it takes a mere 24 hours for microbes to spread from you to your current place of residence, making your new digs just like your old home - at least by microbial standards.
It is commonly thought that alcohol actually kills off bacteria, and in some cases this is true. However, microbes are also an instrumental part of the alcohol brewing processes, as proven by a recent study of a sake brewing facility.
Experts have found evidence of ancient pools of water untouched since Earth's earliest years. These primordial oases could provide researchers clues about our planet's earliest forms of life, serving as windows for peering into the dawn of creation.
Naegleria fowleri is a brain eating amoeba that earns itself national attention at least once a year after infecting an unsuspecting swimmer during the summer season. Now researchers are saying that with rising global temperatures, the prevalence of these heart-loving microbes could go up.
Almost three decades after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, dead forests in the immediate radiation zone are still not decaying. Researchers say that this shows a disturbing facet of long-term radiation exposure that is little considered - how radiation impacts the process of decomposition
An erupting volcano covered in a large sheet of glacial ice may have created large lakes, which could have remained long enough to have hosted life, according to a new study.
Biodiesel plants, while "green," are not entirely environmentally sustainable. Now a pair of genetically engineered microbes may be the perfect solution, cleaning up biodiesel plant wastewater while producing ethanol and electricity to help fuel the fuel-making process.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has sent new images showing the first sample obtained from the interior of a Martian rock.
For the first time, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has drilled into a flat, veiny rock and collected a sample from its interior.
For the first time, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used its drill system to hammer into a flat rock with pale veins.
A new study finds that sunken wood can develop into attractive habitats for various deep-sea organisms.
Russian researchers announced that they have successfully retrieved clean samples from Lake Vostok in Antarctica.