microbes

‘Gut bugs help in getting more from food’


September 13th, 2012 - 3:50 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 13 (IANS) Some of the food we consume is shared with microbes populating our digestive tracts and they promote the absorption of dietary fats in the intestine leading ... Read more...

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Microbe’s ‘weird chemistry’ discovered


August 31st, 2012 - 4:41 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 31 (IANS) The oxygen-rich waters of the oceans alone account for a maximum of four percent of Earth's methane. But now researchers have identified the cause as a ... Read more...

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A rhythm awry means rolls of fat


August 30th, 2012 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS
Circadian rhythms include the sleep-wake cycle. Rhythms in hormone release are controlled by a molecular clock present in every cell of the body, which has its own inbuilt, default rhythm of ... Read more...

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Antibiotics can induce obesity in children


August 22nd, 2012 - 12:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 22 (IANS) Exposing very young infants to antibiotics may cause them to bloat up in childhood, says a new research based on 11,532 children.Researchers from the New York ... Read more...

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Giving babies antibiotics could make them obese later


August 21st, 2012 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 21 (IANS) Babies given antibiotics before they were six months were more likely to be overweight by the age of three, a British study has found.A study of ... Read more...

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New approach for treating urinary tract infections


August 17th, 2012 - 4:20 pm ICT by IANS
Bern, Aug 17 (IANS) Scientists have worked out an effective new approach to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs) by dumping antibiotics.It involves so-called FimH antagonists, which are non-antibiotic compounds and ... Read more...

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Third of Earth’s organisms live in rocks, sediments


August 9th, 2012 - 12:56 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 8 (IANS) A third of the Earth's organisms live in our planet's rocks and sediments - and the amount could even be greater undersea than what we ... Read more...

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Curiosity sends first 3D images from Mars


August 8th, 2012 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 8 (IANS) The Curiosity rover Wednesday sent back the first 3D images of the martian surface as mission controllers began testing out its camera systems.The rover also sent ... Read more...

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NASA rover lands on Mars to discover if there was life (Lead)


August 6th, 2012 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 6 (IANS) US space agency's nuclear-powered one tonne rover Curiosity, packed with sophisticated instruments, touched down on Mars Sunday on a quest for signs of whether the Earth's ... Read more...

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Doggy dust protects against respiratory infection: Study


June 25th, 2012 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 25 (IANS) Dust found in a house with dogs may help protect children against a common respiratory virus linked to the development of asthma, says a new study. ... Read more...

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Scaring grasshoppers could hit the whole of ecosystem


June 15th, 2012 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 15 (IANS) Grasshoppers, stressed by the fear of an attack by spiders, could harm our ecosystem dearly by consuming a greater quantity of carbohydrate-rich plants, similar to what ... Read more...

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15 distinct regions identified in Antarctica


June 14th, 2012 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 14 (IANS) Scientists have identified 15 distinct regions of Antarctica and its near-shore islands, based on the geography, geology, climate, flora and fauna of the ice-free areas, including ... Read more...

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Scientists discover microbes that survive extreme environment


June 10th, 2012 - 2:59 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 10 (IANS) Researchers have discovered organisms that eke out a living in some of the most inhospitable soils on Earth and appear to have a different way of ... Read more...

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Army of gut microbes keep us fit and healthy


June 7th, 2012 - 6:13 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 7 (IANS) An army of gut micro-organisms, comprising some 500 to 1,000 distinct bacterial species and uncountable billions, keep us both fit and healthy with proper body weight, ... Read more...

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‘Dip Chip’ warns of toxicity in real time


May 15th, 2012 - 1:35 pm ICT by IANS
Tel Aviv, May 15 (IANS) Now, there's a quick check for synthetic chemicals and poisons that contaminate water or food supplies and generate bodily reactions from minor illness to painful ... Read more...

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Biodiversity loss can trigger rising allergy levels


May 8th, 2012 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS
Helsinki, May 8 (IANS) Loss of biodiversity could trigger rising allergy levels among millions of urban dwellers worldwide, which includes greater incidence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory diseases, ... Read more...

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Breastfeeding key to keeping infant gut healthy


April 30th, 2012 - 1:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 30 (IANS) Breast-fed babies have healthier gut than formula-fed infants, thanks to the mother's milk, which encouraged beneficial bugs to grow and protect the infants from illness and ... Read more...

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Slashing meat intake vital for curbing emissions


April 16th, 2012 - 5:46 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 16 (IANS) Per capita meat consumption need to be halved by 2050 in the developed world if the emission of nitrous oxide (N2O), one of the most important ... Read more...

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Life on Mars found but destroyed by mistake


April 14th, 2012 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 14 (IANS) Bungling NASA scientists are believed to have found tiny live microbes on Mars - but mistakenly killed them by boiling them alive, a media report said ... Read more...

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Disappearing ice altering ecosystem subtly


April 9th, 2012 - 12:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 9 (IANS) Shrinking sea ice, snow and glaciers, especially in high-latitude regions where water is frozen for sometime, the cryosphere, is affecting the ecosystem in hidden ways.Scientists have ... Read more...

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Two-in-one device cleans up sewage, produces fuel


March 30th, 2012 - 1:37 am ICT by IANS
Washington, March 30 (IANS) An innovative device as big as a washing machine kills two birds with one stone - it harnesses bugs to clean up municipal sewage and produces ... Read more...

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Exposure to dirt in childhood promotes immunity


March 26th, 2012 - 7:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 26 (IANS) The concept of exposing infants to germs in order to build up immunity is known as the hygiene hypothesis. Now, researchers of Brigham and Women's Hospital ... Read more...

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Why getting better is worse than falling sick?


March 22nd, 2012 - 3:09 am ICT by IANS
Washington, March 22 (IANS) Ever wondered why recovering from a debilitating bout of illness makes it seem worse than the actual condition or infection.According to researchers, the answer may lie ... Read more...

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Five places where life may exist in solar system


March 2nd, 2012 - 2:47 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 2 (IANS) Life on Earth occupies some bizarre places from deep-sea hydrothermal vents to frigid and lightless lakes. While scientists hunt for hospitable planets circling other stars, the ... Read more...

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Bugs can help trap underground carbon dioxide


February 24th, 2012 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) In both the novel and movies versions of "The War of the Worlds", bugs save the earth, while aliens succumb to infections to which humans have ... Read more...

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Ocean warming might hit microbes’ carbon storage capacity


February 13th, 2012 - 5:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) Climate change is warming the oceans and preventing water layers from mixing, which could upset the carbon storage capacity of microbes and plankton.As the ocean surface ... Read more...

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Seed extract proves boon for water purification


January 19th, 2012 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) A compound extracted from the seeds of a 'miracle tree' could purify water cheaply in the developing world and act as a boon for a billion ... Read more...

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Jammu institute develops breast cancer drug


January 18th, 2012 - 12:28 am ICT by IANS
Jammu, Jan 17 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), Jammu, has developed a drug for the treatment of hypertension and breast cancer, an official said.The drug 'Risorine' is ... Read more...

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Fungi can help rein in lead pollution


January 15th, 2012 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 15 (IANS) Fungi can help scientists keep hazardous lead under control by transforming the heavy metal into its most stable mineral form. Lead is an important industrial material ... Read more...

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Blame skin microbes for mosquito bites


December 29th, 2011 - 12:09 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 29 (IANS) Blame skin microbes for mosquito bites that pester you and also transmit the malaria parasite.These microbes play a key role in producing individual body odours which ... Read more...

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Sensorbots to track ocean health round-the-clock


December 21st, 2011 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 21 (IANS) Scientists have discovered sensorbots equipped with bio-geo-chemical sensors that will monitor key events in the ocean like underwater earthquakes and hydrothermal vents. The device promises ... Read more...

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Exposed to sunlight, cotton fabric cleans itself


December 15th, 2011 - 1:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Scientists from China are developing a cotton fabric that can clean itself of stains and bugs when exposed to ordinary sunlight.Environmental researchers Mingce Long and Deyong ... Read more...

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Mars rover begins space research


December 14th, 2011 - 8:09 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) NASA's car-sized Curiosity rover has begun monitoring space radiation during its eight-month trip from Earth to Mars, the US space agency said Tuesday.Curiosity was launched Nov ... Read more...

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New cell type boosts immunity to infection


November 30th, 2011 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 30 (IANS) A new type of cell actually boosts the body's ability to fight off infections and threatening diseases, reveals a study.It recognises lipid antigens, or foreign molecules, ... Read more...

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Gut bugs have vital bearing on health, immunity


October 11th, 2011 - 5:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 11 (IANS) Gut microbes have a vital bearing on our health by producing vitamins, priming our immune system and developing resistance to pathogens.For example, studies have shown that ... Read more...

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