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2010-05-06 15:38:23

Bacterial spores, the most resistant organisms on earth, carry an extra coating of protection previously undetected, a team of microbiologists reports in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology. Their findings offer additional insight into why spores of the bacteria that cause botulism, tetanus, and anthrax survive methods to eradicate them. The study was conducted by researchers at New York University's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, Loyola (Ill.) University's Medical...

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2010-05-05 12:25:04

Of all the things that might control the onset of disease epidemics in Michigan lakes, the shape of the lakes' bottoms might seem unlikely. But that is precisely the case, and a new BioScience report by scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and four other institutions explains why. "In the paper, we go through several explanations for what is going on," said IU Bloomington biologist Spencer Hall, the report's lead author. "We are looking at the zooplankton that is infected, the fish...

2009-12-22 13:24:36

Mold and mildew may be doomed. Researchers are closer to understanding how these and other fungi grow. "Fungi have a big impact on our dinner plate," said Dr. Brian Shaw, Texas AgriLife Research plant pathologist. "We tend to think that getting food on the table is easy. But fungi are major disease-causing organisms for both plants and animals. With more research, we can find new ways to compete with them." Commonly known fungi are molds, mildews, mushrooms and yeast. Anyone who thinks humans...

2009-12-21 15:39:03

Researchers fail to find that TB cells form spores and go dormant The tuberculosis bacterium is an insidious germ that can lie dormant for many years, then suddenly emerge and cause potentially fatal disease. Earlier this year, researchers in Sweden proposed a provocative explanation: TB bacteria have the ability to turn into dormant, armor-plated spores. If true, the findings would provide promising new avenues of research in the worldwide fight against TB. But a new study by researchers at...

2009-12-01 07:35:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Medizone International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: MZEI) announced today that in tests involving its proprietary AsepticSure(TM) technology, it continues to break "6 log" decontamination barriers, this time with two very different spore forming bacteria, Claustridium difficile and Bacillis subtilis. These results clearly establish AsepticSure(TM) as an extremely potent sporicidal technology. "The implications of a 6.7 log reduction (99.99997 %)...

2009-11-12 09:51:17

Got food poisoning? The cause might be bacterial spores, en extremely hardy survival form of bacteria, a nightmare for health care and the food industry and an enigma for scientists. Spore-forming bacteria, present almost everywhere in our environment, can also cause serious infectious diseases, such as tetanus, anthrax, and botulism. Now researchers from Lund University and the U.S. have made a breakthrough in our understanding of the molecular characteristics of spores that in the long term...

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2009-10-26 09:07:42

What do spore-launching mushrooms have in common with highly water-repellant surfaces? According to Duke University engineers, the answer is "jumping" water droplets. As it turns out, the same phenomenon that occurs when it's time for certain mushrooms to eject spores also occurs when dew droplets skitter across a surface that is highly water repellant, or superhydrophobic. Using a specially designed high-speed camera and microscope set-up, the engineers for the first time captured the...

2009-07-21 08:50:23

Researchers demonstrate how genetic mutations and natural variations combine to produce twin spores in bacteria that normally produce only singletons How evolution acts to bridge the chasm between two discrete physiological states is a question that's long puzzled scientists. Most evolutionary changes, after all, happen in tiny increments: an elephant grows a little larger, a giraffe's neck a little longer. If those tiny changes prove advantageous, there's a better chance of passing them to...

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2009-03-31 16:35:00

The next version of the popular Electronic Arts game "The Sims" will be free of Digital Rights Management (DRM). Last year, the firm undertook considerable criticism when the copy protection limited users to three installations of the game Spore. Ron Humble, The Sims division head, said the game would use traditional serial code copy protection as "this is a good, time-proven solution." DRM was originally introduced to combat game privacy but became unpopular with users. "The game will have...

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2008-12-23 12:45:25

Phenomenon seen among spores dispersed by air flow, but not among animal-borne spores The reproductive spores of many species of fungi have evolved remarkably drag-minimizing shapes, according to new research by mycologists and applied mathematicians at Harvard University. In many cases, the scientists report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the drag experienced by these fungal spores is within one percent of the absolute minimum possible drag for their size....


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lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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