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A pleasure to burn: Why do people like spicy foods?

Humans are the only animals known to willingly eat foods that cause irritation, discomfort, and even pain.Theories for why range from thrill-seeking behavior to an evolutionary adaptation for seeking foods that reduce pathogens.Taste results from an interplay of genes, culture, memory, and personality, a complex design that scientists are only now beginning to understand. None If a Martian anthropologist found its way to a Clifton Chili Club Chili Eating Contest, it would discover one the univer...
Tags: Psychology, Food, Europe, Earth, Bacteria, Nature, Birds, Innovation, Evolution, University of Pennsylvania, Sherman, University Of Southern California, Evolutionary Psychology, Microbes, Biomechanics, Padron

‘Micro snails’ we scraped from sidewalk cracks help unlock details of ancient Earth’s biological evolution

Every step you take, you're likely walking on a world of unseen and undescribed microbial diversity. And you don't need to head out into nature to find these usually unnoticed microscopic organisms. As biologists, we know this firsthand. A meetup for coffee several years ago ended with our using makeshift sampling tools – actually a coffee stirrer and a coffee cup lid – to collect some of the black gunk from between the sidewalk's concrete slabs. In this mundane space on the Mississippi Stat...
Tags: Dna, Environment, History, Earth, Bacteria, Nature, Geology, Innovation, Brazil, Evolution, Ecology, Grand Canyon, Microbes, Lahr, Mississippi State University, Denisovan

Readying for Mars mission, rover finds clues to life in the Chilean desert

Ever wondered how the Mars Curiosity rover was designed and trained? A rover testing out Mars-like environments here on Earth has successful in collecting soil samples in a trial mission to find signs of life. The post Readying for Mars mission, rover finds clues to life in the Chilean desert appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Earth, Mars, Curiosity, Atacama Desert, Mars Rover, Microbes, Emerging Tech

Ginkgo’s Motif Launches with $90M for Animal-Free Meat & Milk Proteins

Plant-based foods and beverages are getting more grocery store shelf space as consumers increasingly shop for meat and milk alternatives. But these products typically carry premium prices because making proteins in a lab is still far more expensive than conventional agriculture.Motif Ingredients says it can use biotechnology and fermentation to develop proteins that are more affordable and scaleable than those in other meat and milk substitutes. The Boston startup is launching Tuesday with $90 ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Boston, Trends, Investing, Fda, Biotech, Synthetic Biology, Ginkgo Bioworks, Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, Cb Insights, Life Sciences, Tom Hayes, Microbes, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Schizophrenia's surprising link to the gut

For decades, researchers have tried in vain to answer the question: What causes schizophrenia?At the same time, we've developed a growing understanding of how intimately linked the bacteria in our gut and our brains are.New research shows that schizophrenics have vastly different microbiomes, potentially uncovering a cause of — and maybe a future cure to — schizophrenia. None Researchers have tried to pin down what exactly has to happen for schizophrenia to rear its ugly head, but to little avai...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Biology, Innovation, Illness, Microbes, Zheng, Peng Zheng

IBM says to expect 5 big changes in the next 5 years

IBM's 2019 5 in 5 predicts major changes on the horizon. Food chain technology, from farmers' financing to desktop pathogen sensors, is about to explode. IBM and others have big ideas about reducing famine and food-borne illness. None IBM has a long history of seeing the future, and its 2019 5 in 5 event aims to do it again. Ahead of the public prognostication, Arvind Krishna, senior Vice President of IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software, blogged a preview of what IBM sees as the next five years' ...
Tags: Food, Technology, Finance, Digital, United States, Farming, Innovation, Agriculture, Ibm, Mars, Blockchain, Microbes, Coli, Prediction, Agriculture Organization, Arvind Krishna

The cause of Alzheimer’s may be gum disease

Bacteria in periodontitis seems to be the culprit. Reported amyloid and tau buildups may be a response, not a cause. Compelling research offers a genuine reason for optimism. Dementia is now the fifth leading cause of death around the world, and 70 percent of that is due to Alzheimer's disease. Until now, experts have been baffled by what causes it, and powerless at slowing or reversing the cruel progress of this condition. Alzheimer's pulls its victims away from reality as their families watch...
Tags: Health, Discovery, Bacteria, Brain, Innovation, Disease, Dementia, Microbes, Massachusetts General Hospital, Melbourne Australia, Alzheimer, University of Central Lancashire, Moir, Casey Lynch, Cortexyme, Alzheimer's science

Tiny animals discovered in Antarctic lake deep beneath the ice

Scientists have made a surprising discovery in Antarctica: the carcasses of tiny animals including crustaceans and a tardigrade were found in a lake that sits deep beneath over half a mile of Antarctic ice. The post Tiny animals discovered in Antarctic lake deep beneath the ice appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Antarctica, Microbes, Antarctic, Emerging Tech, Crustaceans, Tardigrade, Lake Mercer

Organisms living inside the Earth far outnumber all the humans, reveals study

Scientists found a rich ecosystem deep inside the planet.The "deep biosphere" contains mostly bacteria and microbes.The amount of life below the surface is hundreds of times greater than the combined weight of all the humans. None Much more life exists below the Earth than above it, concluded an international team of researchers from the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO). In fact, about 16.5 to 25 billion tons of microorganisms dwell under the planet's surface. That's hundreds of times more than the...
Tags: Amazon, Biology, Earth, Bacteria, Chemistry, Microbiology, Geology, Innovation, Evolution, Biodiversity, Galapagos Islands, Microbes, Knoxville, University of Tennessee, American Society for Microbiology, Karen Lloyd

The VP882 virus ‘eavesdrops’ on bacteria to kill

When bacteria broadcast their presence, bacteriophages may be listening A stunning discovery of cross-domain communication Research could lead to new, custom- targeted medicines Cholera is caused by a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae, and along and other disease-causing bacteria, it engages in something called "quorum sensing." The word "quorum" in this context carries pretty much the same meaning as it does for human organizations where it's the number of participants required to conduct offic...
Tags: Virus, Discovery, Bacteria, Genetics, Medical Research, Microbiology, Innovation, Npr, Princeton University, Microbes, Justin, Bonnie Bassler, Squibb, Bassler, Justin Silpe, Silpe

Deep Earth Is Teeming with Mysterious Life

It may seem fantastical, but there is a living world deep, deep beneath our feet. Go below the soil, beyond the bedrock, and you’ll find a hot, sweaty underworld teeming with life that puts the surface biosphere to shame.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Microbiology, Microbes, Microbial Life, Deep Carbon Observatory, March Of The Microbes, Deep Earth

Me, Myself and Microbes: the relationship between microbes, brains and behaviors

Leon Hong writes, "I made this science-y animation for my wife Elaine Hsiao's research — with the hopes that people will learn something new about how all the microbes that live in and on us affect our brains and behavior." Professor Elaine Hsiao heads the Hsiao Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology at UCLA where she teaches the class “Me, Myself, and Microbes”. Her lab researches how microbes affect our brains and behavior. Elaine received her bachelor's in Microbiolo...
Tags: Videos, Post, Science, News, Biology, Explainers, Ucla, Gut Flora, Microbes, Caltech, Elaine, Symbiosis, Leon Hong, Elaine Hsiao, Hsiao Lab, Department of Integrative Biology Physiology

Scientists are beginning to worry about bacteria found in Space Station toilet

Scientists are beginning to worry about five new strains of microbes found in the toilet on the International Space Station. They are similar to recently discovered multi-drug resistant bacteria on Earth. The post Scientists are beginning to worry about bacteria found in Space Station toilet appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Space, News, Trends, International Space Station, Astronauts, Microbes, Emerging Tech

How introducing microbial life to Mars can make it livable for humans

Humanity dreams of becoming an interplanetary species, but no other planet in our solar system can currently support complex life.In order to make a planet like Mars hospitable for us, we'll have to engage in a massive, decades-long terraforming effort.Much of what makes Earth livable, such as breathable air, tolerable temperatures, and so on, are the result of microbial activity from Earth's early history. Can we use microbial life to make the same changes on Mars? None Three billion years ago,...
Tags: Climate Change, Nasa, Earth, Bacteria, Innovation, Planets, Mars, Astrobiology, Microbes, Red Planet, Terraforming Mars

How the global health community is fighting the rise of superbugs

Antimicrobial drugs are losing their effectiveness because pathogens change and find ways to resist the effects of antibiotics, leading to the development of superbugs.Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) causes 700,000 deaths annually across the globe, a number that is projected to skyrocket to 10 million by the year 2050 if new interventions are not developed.Antibiotics are crucial in treating minor infections and curing serious infectious diseases, enabling minor and complex surgeries, as well as ...
Tags: Health, Sponsored, Video, Science, Medicine, Atlas, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, Health Care, Illness, Pfizer, Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, Microbes, AMR

Where might we find aliens? Ice moons, methane oceans, and the red planet

Want to place a bet on when we'll discover alien life? NASA's Michelle Thaller thinks it'll be within the next 50 years. "I actually have a bottle of champagne chilling because I think it could happen almost any day, when some of our rovers or some of our satellites around other planets come back with really interesting data," says Thaller.What will our first proof of alien life be like? Most likely microbial, but even those microbes will reveal so much: Does it have DNA? Is it similar to us? I...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Bacteria, Innovation, Universe, Mars, Extraterrestrial Life, Astrobiology, Microbes, Cosmos, Michelle Thaller, Ask an astronomer, Thaller

Win $2 Million to Solve Alzheimer’s: New Prize Will Reward Fresh Ideas

San Antonio — A Texas billionaire is funding a new competition that will give $4 million to seven individuals who present promising ideas about the cause of Alzheimer’s disease and say they’ll work to prove it.Called the Oskar Fischer Project, the program will give the grand prize winner $2 million of the total, while two others receive $500,000 each, and four more get $250,000 apiece. To top it off, the money comes without requirements to complete the project or to make specific determinations...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Funding, Gift, Trends, Startup, Neuroscience, Research, Bacteria, Alzheimer's Disease, Aluminum, Alzheimer's, Neurology, Viruses, Toxins, Award

Eating organic food lowers cancer risk by 25%, study reveals

A French study of nearly 70,000 people states that organic foods reduce the risk that you'll develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer. Agricultural pesticides have been shown to have a toxic effect on the human endocrine system. The high cost of organic food remains a barrier to entry for those wishing to eat a healthier diet. None In 1998, while working as a reporter at a Princeton newspaper, I wrote a story on organic foods, at the time a $3.5 billion business. The feat...
Tags: Health, Food, Cancer, Environment, Public Health, New York Times, Innovation, Disease, Princeton, Derek, Microbes, Ny Times, Bucks County, Rutgers University, JAMA, Hodgkin

Report: NASA’s Policies to Protect the Solar System From Contamination Are Out of Date

Whether it’s rovers rolling about on Mars, probes drilling into asteroids, or Tesla Roadsters drifting through space, it’s clear that our activities in the Solar System are changing. Accordingly, methods and rules to prevent our germs from spreading beyond Earth need to be updated, according to a new report aimed…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Space Travel, Space Exploration, Mars, Contamination, Microbes, National Academies Of Sciences And Engineering

Probiotics for the brain? Study could pave the way for anti-stress injections

A recent paper shows that a particular bacterium can encourage a rodent’s brain into a state that resists inflammation, paving the way for probiotic immunizations to treat stress-related mental disorders like PSTD and anxiety. The post Probiotics for the brain? Study could pave the way for anti-stress injections appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Psychology, News, Trends, Immune System, Probiotics, Neurology, Microbes, Health & Fitness, Emerging Tech

Scientists looking at how microbes contaminate biofuels

In Washington, DC, the American Chemical Society is exploring studies that look at how microbes are becoming a concern for airlines and fleet operators who use biofuels. Operators are noticing contamination of microbes in biodiesel blends that wasn’t an issue before and scientists are looking into how to rectify the issue. A recent scientific study found several bacteria and fungi in fuel tanks that coated metal planes with slime and led to corrosion and pitting. Another team has been looking at...
Tags: Washington Dc, Producer News, Biodiesel, Genomes, Microbes, American Chemical Society

There's Life on the Closest Thing We Have to Mars

A new study has documented for the first time how certain microorganisms are able to survive the extreme aridity of Chile’s Atacama Desert—the world’s driest—by going dormant for decades.Read more...
Tags: Science, Bacteria, Chile, Mars, Soil, Atacama Desert, Microbes

Going for the Gold! Mint Innovation’s microbes and technology recover gold

With the XXIII Olympic Winter Games starting and a record-breaking 102 gold medals up for grabs this year, it got us thinking about medals…and metals in general. With so many uses from giving them as awards for super athletes, to using them in currency, trade markets, and more recently, electronics, it seems like the demand for precious metals isn’t going anywhere, but the supply is limited, even if the U.S. Geological Survey estimates there are 52,000 tons of minable gold still in the ground. ...
Tags: South Korea, China, Gold, United States, Top Stories, New Zealand, Un, LanzaTech, Auckland, Nz, Microbes, Barker, International Telecommunications Union ITU, ITU, Parnell, Ollie Crush

Humans, Not Rats, May Have Been Responsible for Spreading the Black Death

The Black Death, a plague responsible for killing around a third of the population of Europe during the 14th century, spread to millions of humans by rats that carried infected fleas—right? That’s the story we’ve long been told by historians. A new study upends this conventional thinking, showing that humans, and not…Read more...
Tags: Europe, Science, Bacteria, Pandemics, Plague, Diseases, Zoonotic Diseases, Microbes, Epidemiology, Bubonic plague, Yersinia pestis, Black Death, Dont Blame The Rats

Pandas and beavers digestion of bamboo and trees can help biofuel production

In Canada, scientists in Ottawa with Agriculture Canada are looking at how pandas digest bamboo to better understand the fungi and microbes that help them digest the branches and twigs. This builds on another recent study about how beavers digest trees and how the enzymes in their gut help break down the material to get nutrients. The hope is that the digestion and microbiomes of beavers and pandas can help researchers apply that knowledge to ruminant digestion and help with biofuel production f...
Tags: Research, Canada, Digestion, Ottawa, Microbes, Agriculture Canada, Wen Chen

Suffer from Stinky Dog Bed Syndrome? Now There Is A Solution!

Disclosure: (As required by the FTC)  I received a wonderful Messy Mutts dog bed which is being donated to an upcoming local dog rescue fundraiser. Every dog owner wants to have that perfect dog bed for their four-legged family member.  You know...The right size, the right shape, the right color, the right snuggle-cozy factor...  And I'm thinking an added feature would be the right smell. That is..less stinky.  As we all know how dog beds can be, especially when fabric and wet dog fur come ...
Tags: Dog, Pets, Bed, Ftc, Fabric, Microbes, Odor, The Pet Blog Lady, Probiotic, Resistant, Everfresh, Messy Mutts, Christopher Shipton

KnipBio Looks to Partner with Biofuels Leaders for Fish Feed

In Massachusetts, biotech company KnipBio completed the last phase in producing its new aquaculture feed, KnipBio Feed and is now looking to partner with biofuel industry leaders to get to commercial scale fermentation. As reported in Biofuels Digest before, KnipBio developed a series of naturally occurring microbes that convert low-cost feedstock into premium, nutritious, single-cell proteins laden with pigment-enhancing carotenoids to produce healthier, more vibrant fish. National Research Cou...
Tags: Massachusetts, Producer News, Microbes, Aquaculture, Proteins, KnipBio, National Research Council of Canada, KnipBio Looks