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The advanced collective and social intelligence of bacteria colonies makes for some very psychedelic design

Did you know that bacteria can use tools?

"When growing on a surface, a colony might come across a gap that it can’t cross. What a bacteria might then do is send out individual cells to collect spores of fungi and throw them into the gap, effectively growing a natural bridge that the colony can then spread across."

Cool! 

We’re finding some super aggressive colonies that are attaching to plastic very well.

Researchers have discovered microbial communities living on the waste we dump in the ocean.

Their study found 1,000 different types of bacteria on ocean plastic samples, including plants, algae, autotrophs, and predators. They warn that plastic is also serving as a new kind of transportation for potentially harmful bacteria looking to hitch a ride across the ocean. 

Thinkers at IDEO are working with scientists to find a way to have E. coli bacteria form objects—like a coffee cup—when exposed to light. It’s nature’s version of 3-D printing.

Thinkers at IDEO are working with scientists to find a way to have E. coli bacteria form objects—like a coffee cup—when exposed to light. It’s nature’s version of 3-D printing.