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Microbes collected from Northern California and throughout the nation will soon blast into orbit for research and a microgravity growth competition on the International Space Station (ISS).
Are scientists any good at judging the importance of the scientific work of others?
The Earth is estimated to have about a nonillion microbes in, on, around, and under it, comprised of an unknown but very large number of distinct species.
Take a pot of scalding water, remove all the oxygen, mix in a bit of poisonous carbon monoxide, and add a pinch of hydrogen gas. It sounds like a recipe for a witch's brew. It may be, but it is also the preferred environment for a microbe known as Carboxydothermus hydrogenoformans.
- Large; stout; burly.