When I stumbled across the term bacterioneuston, I discovered a whole new world where the air meets the sea. I found that marine neuston had long been used to refer to the diverse flora and fauna inhabiting the topmost 5 cm of the oceans — a distinctly different assemblage than found in the waters below.
More than fifty years ago, towards the end of Spring term in May 1971, university campuses across the U.S. were rife with protests over the Vietnam war. Students skipped classes and left labs to participate in marches and sit-ins. In addition, the memory of Woodstock (August 1969) was still fresh in everyone's mind.
Only very rarely have I had the experience of serendipitously running into an article that is entertaining, hugely informative, and shocking all at once. It happened last week and I feel utterly compelled to provide brief comments interspersed among quotes from sections that I found particularly striking and thought provoking.
by Manuel Porcar
At DARWIN, beyond our main commercial goal of developing microbial solutions for the industry, we are also trying to develop new artistic bio-inspired languages in which microorganisms may play a key role. In the frame of such exploration, we are developing culture media that combine...
Whether on vacation, hard at work, or just wandering through the day, we are constantly at risk of being unsettled by encroaching tidbits of unsolicited news. In the past weeks, climate-change-associated disasters have taken prevalence: record-breaking high temperatures in Siberia, devastating rains in Europe and the US, and heat waves and yet more heat waves...