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Here’s some patriotic prokaryotes to wish you a happy 4th of July full of luminescent liberty!
These light-producing bacteria, known as Photobacterium leiognathi, are ocean-dwelling symbionts, bacteria that live on or within animals, getting protection from their hosts and giving them light-producing tissues in return. 
The anglerfish's glowing bait? That's bioluminescent bacteria. Same with the lanternfish, and certain glowing jellies. 
Thanks for the fireworks, nature!
(via Microbes Rule and Beatrice the Biologist)

jtotheizzoe:

Here’s some patriotic prokaryotes to wish you a happy 4th of July full of luminescent liberty!

These light-producing bacteria, known as Photobacterium leiognathi, are ocean-dwelling symbionts, bacteria that live on or within animals, getting protection from their hosts and giving them light-producing tissues in return. 

The anglerfish's glowing bait? That's bioluminescent bacteria. Same with the lanternfish, and certain glowing jellies. 

Thanks for the fireworks, nature!

(via Microbes Rule and Beatrice the Biologist)

Kitchens! They’re gross. Especially if you have cats or something. Germs everywhere. It’s enough to make you cry! But now, no more?

Maintaining a sparkling kitchen worthy of a cooking show set may soon  get much easier. A scientist at Nottingham Trent University has just  scored about $80,000 of funding from a local “Food and Drink Innovation  Network” to develop a permanent spray-on coating that could kill off  troublesome microbes in the kitchen. Dr. Fengge Gao (who, incidentally,  has “amazing fashion sense,” according to the Facebook “Appreciation Society"  in his honor), is an expert on leveraging nanotechnology for  antimicrobial purposes. In 2009 Gao produced an antimicrobial material  that helps prevent leaching from plastic bottles, reports The Engineer.
The  spray-on coating would be applied once to kitchen surfaces or  processing equipment, which would then contain the antimicrobial powers  throughout their lives. The material Gao envisions will also have  water-repelling properties, which should make cleaning and maintaining  them easier. The materials will be of use both in the home and to  industry:”Cleaning the remaining food in food processing equipment to  prevent bacteria growth is a challenge in the food processing industry,”  Gao tells Fast Company. He adds that the antimicrobial  technology is already “mature,” while the water-repelling technology  needs about two to three years of work.
In January, researchers  announced that they had invented a kind of paper with silver  nanoparticles distributed across it that had antimicrobial properties.  The press dubbed it “killer paper,” so for now we’re calling Gao’s hopeful invention “killer spray.”

Kitchens! They’re gross. Especially if you have cats or something. Germs everywhere. It’s enough to make you cry! But now, no more?

Maintaining a sparkling kitchen worthy of a cooking show set may soon get much easier. A scientist at Nottingham Trent University has just scored about $80,000 of funding from a local “Food and Drink Innovation Network” to develop a permanent spray-on coating that could kill off troublesome microbes in the kitchen. Dr. Fengge Gao (who, incidentally, has “amazing fashion sense,” according to the Facebook “Appreciation Society" in his honor), is an expert on leveraging nanotechnology for antimicrobial purposes. In 2009 Gao produced an antimicrobial material that helps prevent leaching from plastic bottles, reports The Engineer.

The spray-on coating would be applied once to kitchen surfaces or processing equipment, which would then contain the antimicrobial powers throughout their lives. The material Gao envisions will also have water-repelling properties, which should make cleaning and maintaining them easier. The materials will be of use both in the home and to industry:”Cleaning the remaining food in food processing equipment to prevent bacteria growth is a challenge in the food processing industry,” Gao tells Fast Company. He adds that the antimicrobial technology is already “mature,” while the water-repelling technology needs about two to three years of work.

In January, researchers announced that they had invented a kind of paper with silver nanoparticles distributed across it that had antimicrobial properties. The press dubbed it “killer paper,” so for now we’re calling Gao’s hopeful invention “killer spray.”