Questions tagged [bacteria]

For discussions about the life form from the phylogical Domain Bacteria. These life forms are single cellular in structure (but can combine in mats) and possess no nucleus.

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Likelihood that a superbug or lethal virus could come from a landfill

Landfills seem like disgusting, nasty places that could be breeding grounds for all sorts of viruses and bacteria. What is the likelihood that the next lethal superbug or virus (like Ebola) could ...
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Modern Landscape Lacking Wood Decomposers

What would a modern landscape look like with the absence of lignin decomposing fungi, bacteria, and etc. What I mean is...would a forested area just become filled with fallen trees instead of a more ...
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Dead on Mars: Surviving Bacteria

I'm interested in the introduction of bacteria on Mars. If a small base were set up with attempts to maintain some sort of sterilisation protocols, but all the humans died on that base a) what would ...
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Chlorine Trifluoride-producing microorganisms

Quick Context Basically I need one of my charaters to produce a lot of chlorine trifluoride, but human biochemistry wont allow that, so I was going to get a micro-organism to do the job and produce ...
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Nanorobots versus bacteria

Future scientists have developed amazing nanorobots. They use 18 simple chemical reactions to move small metal pieces a few atoms long, and are controlled by a micro antenna that can intercept radio ...
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Odds of survivability when encountering new bacteria in Earth-like planet's atmosphere? [duplicate]

So, let's say you have two planets in parallel universes. Travel is possible between Earth and the second planet via wormholes or whatever (not important). While the oxygen-nitrogen-et cetera ratios ...
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Biological Effects of Being Shrunken as a Human

If a human being was shrunken to 1/2744th of his original size (his atoms being shrunken as well), what would be the immediate and long-term biological effects on the body, given that the natural ...
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A world without bacteria

According to a recent paper from the university of Edinburgh, the ground of Mars contains a lot of perchlorate, which combined with the high level of ultraviolet radiation, makes a very bacteria ...
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Immortal bacteria apocalypse

One lab accidentally developed a species of bacteria which doesn't naturally die, but multiplies at usual rate. (And the scientists didn't notice in time, so the bacteria escaped). EDIT after AlexP's ...
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Would an animal with a huge sack that could fill with a light gas like Helium be able to float in the sky?

I am writing a book featured above the ground of Venus in the atmosphere. In my book I imagine that human colonists would have genetically engineered species to survive floating in the atmosphere. One ...
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Utilize virus & bacteria to perform fast kills

Assume a supernatural character, who has control over billions of billions of virus and bacteria. It's not always an interesting concept, ss infections typically spread slow, and moreover, the nature ...
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The Simplest Energy Beings

We all have seen gobs of energy beings in movies - but one thing that's always bothered me is how an energy being lives. What's life like in the energy world? The Ergs are energy beings on some ...