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Introducing Microbes: Bacteria
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Introducing Microbes: Bacteria

They may be small, but they’re plentiful. Bacteria are the most abundant organisms on the planet. These tiny, single-cell organisms can be helpful or harmful and are known to reproduce rapidly.

Bacteria come in a variety of shapes and can be found in all climates, regions, and environments of the planet. Find out more here.

Society for General Microbiology
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Bacterial Cell Game

Bacterial Cell Game

See if you can match the names with the various organelles of a bacterium. More...

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Sheppard Software
Google Science Fair Winners Take on World Hunger, Other Global Problems

Google Science Fair Winners Take on World Hunger, Other Global Problems

Meet Emer, Ciara, and Sophie, the teen scientists from Ireland who won Grand Prize in the 2014 Google Science Fair. They found a way to make crops more productive and increase food yields. More...

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Mashable
Microbes: Small, Small World

Microbes: Small, Small World

Is it art or science? Maybe it's both. The bacteria in these pictures are stained to show up more clearly, but the results can be visually stunning. More...

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National Geographic
About Antimicrobial Resistance

About Antimicrobial Resistance

Almost every disease-causing bacterium has become better at surviving the drugs used against it. That has made drug resistance one of the most serious health problems we face. More...

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Testing the “5-Second Rule”

Testing the “5-Second Rule”

If you pick up food within 5 seconds of dropping it, is it safe to eat? This group of campers put the popular "rule" to the test with petri dishes. See what they found. Then try it out for yourself! More...

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Penn State
Bacteria: More than Pathogens

Bacteria: More than Pathogens

Listen to the TV ads and you would think all bacteria is harmful. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, you'd have a hard time living without it. More...

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Action Bioscience
Germ Invasion

Germ Invasion

Microorganisms are everywhere—and their diversity is astonishing. Collect samples from around your haunts to determine what’s living with, or on, you. More...

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Science Buddies
Photo Gallery of Bacteria

Photo Gallery of Bacteria

Download these photos and make one your screensaver, put it on your phone, or share them with a friend. Make sure you check out the Picture of the Month! More...

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Bacteria in Photos
Bacterial and Viral Infections

Bacterial and Viral Infections

An infection can make you sick, sometimes very sick. But is it a bacterial infection or a viral one? It's important to know the difference. More...

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WebMD
Plague: The Black Death

Plague: The Black Death

Throughout history there has been no more terrifying bacterial infection than the plague. Tens of millions died from it. In the 14th century it became known as the Black Death. More...

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National Geographic
Bacteria Talk

Bacteria Talk

You may think of bacteria as dirty, smelly, and generally gross. But bacteria can be helpful and healthful. In fact, they even "talk" to each other. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Bird, Plane, Bacteria? Microbes Thrive in Storm Clouds

Bird, Plane, Bacteria? Microbes Thrive in Storm Clouds

Bacteria can be found in the most unusual — and inhospitable — places. Even up in the clouds where it’s frigid, dry, and there’s a lot of UV radiation, bacteria have found a home. More...

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NPR
Bonnie Bassler: How Bacteria “Talk”

Bonnie Bassler: How Bacteria “Talk”

What did one bacterium say to the other bacterium? That's no joke. Listen to this talk about some of the amazing things bacteria do. More...

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TED
Creepy Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies

No trick: You spend your life surrounded by creepy crawly critters. Find out why it's a good thing — although maybe not a treat — that these critters share your body and house. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Growing Bacteria in Petri Dishes

Growing Bacteria in Petri Dishes

Bacteria are everywhere. Don’t believe us? Test it out for yourself with this bacteria growing experiment. You might not like what you find. More...

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Steve Spangler Science
Pandemic 2

Pandemic 2

Tired of seeing things from a human perspective? This game challenges you to create a virus, bacterium, or parasite so successful it wipes out every last person on Earth. More...

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Crazy Monkey Games
Photosynthetic Bacteria Pick Best Light

Photosynthetic Bacteria Pick Best Light

Take exactly one minute to listen and clear up the conundrum of how blue-green algae produce 20 percent of our planet’s oxygen — even though they are actually photosynthetic ocean bacteria. More...

Interactive
Scientific American
Research Team Recognizes Predator-Producing Bacteria

Research Team Recognizes Predator-Producing Bacteria

Bacteria that infects other bacteria? Researchers think this may be how some bacteria in the digestive system compete against other strains. Take a look at the research. More...

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University of Texas, Arlington
What Makes Good Bacteria Go Bad?

What Makes Good Bacteria Go Bad?

If you ever hear someone say, "It's not you, it's me," that usually means a relationship is ending. In the case of the bacteria pneumococcus, it is you, or so scientists think. Sorry. More...

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NPR
Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses to Beat Back Bacteria

Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses to Beat Back Bacteria

A germ (Clostridium difficile) that causes "stomach issues" — to put it politely — doesn't respond well to antibiotics. Could treatment come in the form of virus? More...

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NPR

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