by Aleks Procherafigures by Corena Loeb Imagine working in a factory as part of a logistic team whose job is to coordinate and oversee the flow of incoming materials. It’s a 24/7 job – you don’t know what will be delivered or when, but regardless of the nature of the shipment, you have to deal with it. Additionally, you must be in constant contact with … Continue reading The Secret Life of Gut Neurons
An ultrasound is probably most popularly recognized as a doctor’s tool to peer into the womb and take a look at a growing fetus during a woman’s pregnancy. But what if sound could be used to take a look at even smaller things – like the microorganisms in your gut? Mikhail Shapiro’s research group at the California Institute of Technology has been able to track … Continue reading Can we locate bacteria by listening to them?
by Michael R. Gerhardt As carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere increase, average global temperatures climb. 2015 was the hottest year on record, with 2014 a close second. These warm temperatures bring with them drastic effects on our climate. (For more information on climate change, check out our special edition on climate change from 2014). These giant, Earth-sized problems could be mitigated by some … Continue reading Microorganisms team up to recycle carbon dioxide into biofuel