Tag: Microbial Factories

bacteria shown in petri dish by hand in white glove
Microbial Factories

Bacteria Use Electronic Messaging

Did you ever think about how bacteria life could look like? Thanks to modern technologies, we are now able to research bacteria social behavior, which seems quite familiar. Scientists found out that bacteria use a universal language that helps to invite foreign workers to help build complex multicultural cities in order to inhabit the planet together.

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Guided Growth

Fungal Futures: the Mushrooms Utopia

In 2005, in his book Mycelium Running, American mycologist Paul Stamets predicted that mushrooms would help save the world. Twelve years later, several scientists and innovative entrepreneurs are using mushrooms to run their researches, businesses and dreams. Until Sunday February 12, you can learn more about the role of fungal micro-organisms at Fungal Futures exhibition in Enschede, The Netherlands. Even Stamets would be astonished by what a group of artists and designers can make nowadays with mushrooms.

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Swipe and wipe with toilet paper for your smartphone.
Microbial Factories

Toilet Paper for Your Smartphone

Usually when you cross the border or when your flight lands, you’ll receive a welcoming text message that informs you about roaming charges, and maybe sends you a code to get free WiFi access. If you are planning to travel to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport anytime soon, expect to find this information on a roll of tiny toilet paper that you can simultaneously use to disinfect your phone.

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guy does a fecal matter transplant using friend's poop
Microbial Factories

Using Feces as Medicine

Meet freelance-biophysicist Josiah Zayner. He’s one of those people who decided to take matters into his own hands when his life became substantially affected by severe gastrointestinal pain. Taking the matter into his own hands proved to be quite messy, since the matter he was handling consisted of human feces, and not even his own.

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Japanese researchers discovered bacteria which eats plastic
Plastic Planet

Plastic-Eating Bacteria Are Coming

Bacteria are everywhere. Therefore, it’s a safe assumption that they should also be present in plastic recycle factories. With this line of reasoning Japanese researchers took 250 soil samples in the piles of waste and the wastewater of a recycle factory in the Japanese city Sakai. There they hoped to find a microbe, which, after years of inhabiting the plastic pool, had naturally evolved the ability to digest plastic (polyethylene terephthalate, or PET to be exact).

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