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Study: Earth microbes could survive Martian conditions

If NASA isn't extremely careful about sterilization, then life on Mars could end up being exactly the same as certain forms of bacteria life on Earth.

By Dec. 28, 2012


How microbes can build electric grids

Research shows bacteria exploit conducting minerals in their environment to shuttle electrons between species, allowing greater growth.

By Jun. 4, 2012


Biofuel breakthrough made from microbes

Government researchers say they've successfully engineered a substance called bisabolane into a biosynthetic alternative to diesel fuel.

By Sep. 29, 2011


Glori, seeking oil with microbes, files to go public

Glori Energy looks to raise $115 million in an IPO with a biotechnology designed to extract oil from existing wells by stimulating the growth of underground microbes.

By Oct. 5, 2011


Microbes to start making ethanol, chemicals

Cellulosic ethanol start-up ZeaChem begins construction on a plant in Oregon that will use a microorganism found in termite stomachs to convert wood into fuel.

By Nov. 18, 2009


Microbes may be to thank for BP oil spill cleanup

Berkeley Lab scientists using PhyloChip analysis say a previously undiscovered species of ocean microbe is aggressively gobbling oil plumes from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

By Aug. 25, 2010


Luca Tech feeds coal-eating microbes to make gas

Start-up seeks permitting to expand tests. Its technology encourages coal-eating bacteria to produce natural gas from depleted wells.

By Aug. 6, 2010


ARPA-E funds fuel-making microbes, batteries, carbon capture

ARPA-E, the Department of Energy agency created to research clean-energy breakthroughs, puts an additional $106 million into 37 commercial and academic ventures.

By Apr. 29, 2010


New fuel company mixes software with microbes

OPX Biotechnologies has a tool that can decipher a genome rapidly, which makes it easier to make fuel.

By Dec. 4, 2007


New species of microbe thrives in spacecraft clean rooms

An extremely rare microbe pops up in two different spacecraft clean rooms, one in Florida and one in South America.

By Nov. 7, 2013