Plastic pollution may harm marine bacteria that produces 5% of the world’s oxygen

One of the world’s most fascinating tiny creature may be threatened by chemicals from marine plastic debris.

Scientists create bionic mushroom that generates electricity out of microbes

What do you get when you 3-D print cyanobacteria onto button mushrooms?

Researchers find oldest pigmented biological molecules — they’re bright pink

It’s still pink, after all these years.

Steaming fish makes for a healthier meal with fewer toxins

If you boil it, don’t drink the fish stock.

Tobacco plants borrowing bacteria genes achieve more efficient photosynthesis

It wouldn’t be an understatement to say we owe all the wonders of life to photosynthesis – the ability of plants and certain bacteria to convert CO2 into energy (sugars) and food. Scientists have for some time attempted to enhance photosynthesis through genetic manipulation, but it’s only recently that we’re beginning to see these efforts take form. The most recent

Lake Erie buried by algae, could become toxic

Overgrowth of invasive algae can have huge detrimental effects both on the environment and on human activities. This is quite clearly observed in lake Erie, where a study published by the National Academy of Sciences documents some serious problems. Farmers and the environment According to Anna Michalak, the study’s co-author and a researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science at

Photosynthesis – not just for plants anymore

As any fourth grader will tell you, photosynthesis is (in layman terms), the process through which plants (and bacteria, algae, etc) get the sugars and other organic compounds they need using energy from sunlight. However, during last week’s synthetic biology conference in Boston, a biologist from Harvard took things to a whole new level, presenting a new and exciting idea: