Life on Mars Driven Underground? – ScienceNOW

“The new findings probably deliver the final blow to the possibility that the surface of early Mars was a “warm and wet” incubator for any martian life. They are consistent with a history in which Mars has been almost always rather cold and dry, Ehlmann says. The later weathering of rock into salts seems to […]

Retail biology – Trade Secrets Blog | Nature Publishing Group

“Just as fortunes were made by the designers and manufacturers of the humble mouse mat after the launch of the Apple Macintosh, we are likely to see consumer products exponentially increasing. It is difficult for us now to fully appreciate the number of tiny ICT devices that populate our cars, kitchen goods and even children’s […]

Teach me: Does Hadoop signal the end of the database?

I am still a novice when it comes to the technical underpinnings of databases and Hadoop. So, I thought it might be useful if I just asked if my thought on the future of databases is correct. Basically, “Does Hadoop signal the end of the database as we know it?’ Here’s where this question comes […]

Vampire-like Predatory Bacteria Could Become A Living Antibiotic : Discover Magazine

“What’s the news: If bacteria had blood, the predatory microbe Micavibrio aeruginosavorus would essentially be a vampire: it subsists by hunting down other bugs, attaching to them, and sucking their life out. For the first time, researchers have sequenced the genome of this strange microorganism, which was first identified decades ago in sewage water. The […]