Under our feet, in the soil, is a wealth of microbial activity. Just like humans have different metabolisms and food choices, so do those microbes. In fact, microbes play an important role in making nutrients available to plants.
What do you imagine the first settlers on Mars will look like? Maybe they'll be the best and brightest our world has to offer: People from countries around the world with multiple degrees and decades of training in astrophysics.
A young scientist at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has received a prestigious grant to determine how best to grow gut microbes to fight disease and improve human health. That work could lead to a new industry of microbe ‘microbreweries’, he and his colleagues believe.
Scientists have for the first time surveyed the unique community of microorganisms — the microbiome — living inside the blowhole of a humpback whale. They did so with the help of a six-rotor hexacopter.