Recent Examples of microbe from the Web
Wondering what colliding black holes look like led to the development of the modern internet, and curiosity about how microbes survive in boiling hot springs gave rise to a crucial element of crime scene DNA testing.
The finding is the latest to link our health to the microbes that share our bodies, what’s called the microbiome.
Their device uses a photovoltaic panel to split the water into oxygen and hydrogen and then feeds the hydrogen to the microbes, which convert CO2 from the air into fuels such as alcohol.
By the second day, though, the patient's own microbes began colonizing the room's surfaces, replacing the bacteria from the previous person.
Scientists have found microbes around the pond, but the water itself may not support life.
But as the heat builds, the microbes are killed and chemical processes, like oxidation take over.
It is commonly paired with sushi and sashimi because of microbe-killing properties that reduce the chance of illnesses associated with eating raw fish, and anyone who has eaten more than their fair share can attest to its sinus-clearing properties.
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Did You Know?
A hint of the Greek word bios, meaning "life", can be seen in microbe. Microbes, or microorganisms, include bacteria, protozoa, fungi, algae, amoebas, and slime molds. Many people think of microbes as simply the causes of disease, but every human is actually the host to billions of microbes, and most of them are essential to our life. Much research is now going into possible microbial sources of future energy; algae looks particularly promising, as do certain newly discovered or created microbes that can produce cellulose, to be turned into ethanol and other biofuels.
Origin and Etymology of microbe
International Scientific Vocabulary micr- + Greek bios life — more at quick
First Known Use: 1878
MICROBE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of microbe for English Language Learners
: an extremely small living thing that can only be seen with a microscope
MICROBE Defined for Kids
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