under the microscope

This microbe no longer needs to eat food to grow

“Biochemical makeover allows Escherichia coli to use carbon dioxide as a building block for its cells.” This is an incredible breakthrough! “The work could lead to engineered microbes that suck CO2 out of the air and turn it into medicines […]

big ideas

How do you cool the planet? 

Two things scientists are trying: 1) suck up carbon dioxide from the air, and 2) dim sunlight by releasing special material from high altitude balloons. | learn more

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Scientists made food from electricity. 

“Finnish researchers have created a batch of single-cell protein that is nutritious enough to serve for dinner using a system powered by renewable energy. The entire process requires only electricity, water, carbon dioxide, and microbes.” | learn more