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Image: E. coli on cellulosic biomass

Image: E. coli on cellulosic biomass | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
I finally rendered a somewhat satisfactory image of E. coli degrading cellulosic biomass to go along with my last post. Related articlesGerms, for lack of a better word, are good. Germs are right. ...
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Bacteria-Inspired Pumps Purify Water

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The bacteria-inspired pump could also be used to extract precious metals from water.
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New and Improved B.inky the bacterium: Now in 3D

New and Improved B.inky the bacterium: Now in 3D | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Way back (March 6th) I introduced a character to help introduce children to the world of microbiology that was affectionately named Bacteroid inkensis or B.inky for short. Well, since being nudged ...
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300th Post: Animated GIF of Shewanella extracellular electron transfer: periplasm edition

I can't think of a better post to serve as my 300th. After a month and a half of teaching myself Autodesk Maya, I present my best animation yet, although it must've been by accident. I have two ver...
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My Hummocks

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Flagella - they're not just for swimming.

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A proud day: I did it! Scene 1 from my bacteria animation

The movie is to be about extracellular electron transfer. Hope to have a second scene going soon. Related articles Animated bacteria GIF: What lies within (mhrussel.wordpress.com) Sometimes, not se...
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Sometimes, not seeing is believing: animated GIFs of disabled bacteria

This post goes well with the last about bacterial stress. What if the stress is only perceived because the cell is missing an important protein needed to respond to a given stress? Let's look at an...
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From vinegar, a potential cheap energy alternative: Bacterial nanowires Part 2

I know you are wondering how vinegar fits into all of this. Acetate, or acetic acid, is what constitutes vinegar. It also is the basic two carbon currency in organic metabolism. It is the basis of ...
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From vinegar, a potential cheap energy alternative: Bacterial nanowires Part 1

Energy. We all have it and we all need it on multiple levels. Within our body, energy is stored in a molecular currency that is conserved among all living organisms, adenosine triphosphate, ATP. Of...
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Shocking: animated preview of explaining bacterial nanowires

I am working on a post about how huge the discoveries that bacteria can conduct electricity can potentially be. This is a simple animation showing a model of a Geopilus with the phenylalanine resid...
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Life in Motion: More realistic look using protein confirmations

When I took biology in school, all the figures were boring and frozen. It wasn't until I took biochemistry that I realized life isn't stagnant. Everything within a living cell is constantly in moti...
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Why should we care about bacteria? For one thing, they are smarter than us

We think we are pretty smart as humans. It wasn't until recently that dolphins were considered non-human "people" by scientists due to their intelligence. But, I guess it all depends on your perspe...
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Animated Glycolysis GIF

    The proteins rendered are the 10 enzymes of glycolysis in order: Hexokinase, Phosphoglucose Isomerase, Phosphofructokinase (PFK), Fructose 1,6-bisphosphate aldolase, Triose Phosphate ...
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Germs, for lack of a better word, are good. Germs are right. Germs work. Germs clarify, cut through, and capture, the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

Germs, for lack of a better word, are good. Germs are right. Germs work. Germs clarify, cut through, and capture, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
To paraphrase a great movie classic, Wall Street. I want to change focus a bit, from bacteria benefiting mankind by cleaning up our messes and providing electricity, to another great benefit of bac...
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Quiz: Is this a picture of a real bacterium?

Quiz: Is this a picture of a real bacterium? | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
    Write text here... Related articles New and Improved B.inky the bacterium: Now in 3D (mhrussel.wordpress.com) A work in progress: scene 2 of extracellular electron transfer as animate...
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Infographic: I'm glad we don't have as much impact on the atmosphere as bacteria

Infographic: I'm glad we don't have as much impact on the atmosphere as bacteria | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
As humans, we are contributing to global warming every time we breathe. Luckily, this contribution doesn't amount to a hill of beans. The amount of carbon dioxide we excrete while breathing is easi...
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What I do: Parents edition with special animated GIF for Mom and Dad

One of my goals is to help the masses understand scientific discovery. More precisely, why should we care (i.e. spend money) about bacteria and/or plants. Visiting the parents this weekend, my mom ...
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A work in progress: scene 2 of extracellular electron transfer as animated GIF

  A definite work in progress. However scene 2 of extracellular electron transfer as an animated GIF is here. The green sphere is iron 3+ that is reduced by the glowing electron exiting the ce...
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MyTH: Week 7 focus: Pseudomonas fluorescens

MyTH: Week 7 focus: Pseudomonas fluorescens | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
My Tiny Highlight (MyTH) has been on hiedas for a while. However, I'm glad to introduce this week's organism, Pseudomonas fluorescens. This will be the second highlight featuring a Pseudomonad (Wee...
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Stress: It's not just for humans; animated bacteria GIFs

My wife is a kindergarten teacher. She always talks about how stressful her job is, and I believe her. Stress can have horrible effects to our bodies. However, humans are not the only species that ...
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How do bacteria make decisions? Part 6: It takes a village

How do bacteria make decisions? Part 6: It takes a village | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
The marvels of single celled organisms is that they are able to integrate all kinds of stimuli and make one grand decision that affects how they proceed. Bacteria do in one cell what we as humans d...
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Deepest ocean "teems with microbes" - ZME Science

Deepest ocean "teems with microbes" - ZME Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
The Mariana trench is the deepest point on Earth; now, an international team of researchers found that the very bottom of the Mariana Trench, which lies al.

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Animated GIFs: cyclic-di-GMP binding to PilZ protein and a riboswitch

      Related articles How do bacteria make decisions? Part 5: Mystery of a mysterious kind (mhrussel.wordpress.com) How do bacteria make decisions? Part 4: Getting the message (mhru...
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MyTH: Week 6 focus: Anaeromyxobacter spp.

This week I will write about bacteria that I dare say any of my readers know about, Anaeromyxobacter. Time again for My Tiny Highlight (MyTH). These bacteria were only recently discovered, first in...
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How do bacteria make decisions? Part 5: Mystery of a mysterious kind

In Part 4, we looked at the relatively recent discovery of the bacterial second messenger molecule cyclic-di-GMP. The decisions bacteria make weigh heavily on the amount of this molecule found with...
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