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World’s oldest known fossils possibly discovered – and they are 3.7 billion years old

A team of Australian researchers from the University of Wollongong have possibly identified 3.7-billion-year old stromatolite fossils in Greenland, and they might pertain to the earliest signs of life on Earth. Found along sedimentary rocks in the Isua Greenstone Belt (along Greenland's icecap), these stromatolite fossils predate the previously oldest known stromatolite fossils (originally found…


Bacterial movements could soon power miniature wind farms for your smartphone

A team from Oxford University has found a way to exploit the natural movements of bacteria, utilizing them to power microscopic machines, including miniature wind farms for future smartphones. Recently published in the Science Advances journal, the research, scientists believe, could pave the way for an entire generation of self-assembling, micro-sized devices that in turn produce…


Scientists demonstrate electricity producing capabilities of 3D paper-based microbial fuel cells

Scientists at Ames-based Iowa State University have demonstrated that three-dimensional microbial fuel cells (or MFC) could channel liquids through themselves via capillary action, thus eliminating the need for any kind of external power. Appearing in this month's issue of the TECHNOLOGY journal, the research opens up a range of possibilities when it comes to producing electric…



Scientists discover bacteria that feed on plastic: A breakthrough that could help reverse plastic pollution

Plastic, as we all know, is a menace to the environment. In recent years, the problem of plastic pollution has escalated quite drastically, causing cities, towns and even oceans to be clogged with this harmful substance. Last year, a team of scientists from Stanford University and Beijing-based BeiHang University demonstrated the amazing Styrofoam-digesting abilities of…