By INDYKIDS STAFF
The Abilities of the Unseen Microbial World
WHAT are neither plant nor mammal nor rock? What causes toothaches, smells like rotten eggs, and eats flesh, but is also used to clean up oil spills and to produce electricity out of sewage? Not visible to the eye, these creatures live not only in the manure of a cow, but also in boiling water. Some scientists even believe these organisms to be space travelers!
No, they are not evil aliens with superior intelligence. Instead, teeny tiny bacteria are responsible for all of the above! You can find these small living organisms (also called microbes) just about everywhere: in water, air, soil, plants, animals, and even inside human beings. Having spent approximately 3.5 billion years on the planet earth, bacteria have developed into many different types with many different functions.
Very few bacteria species have even been given a scientific name because there are just so many of them. There are more than 15,000 bacteria species found on the planet earth, from Antarctica to the hot springs in Yellowstone to the deep, dark, and very cold sea. The bacteria that your parents most likely talk about are the microbes that cause diseases: the pathogenic bacteria.
These nasty microbes can lead to a number of diseases: dental cavities, acne, food poisoning, tetanus, and scarlet fever are only a few of the diseases caused in humans by bacteria. However, while “bad” bacteria get lots of attention, there are many good bacteria that help humans out in nature and also through manipulation by scientists. From termites to cows to humans, bacteria help aid food digestion for animals by breaking down molecules that the stomach itself could not. In fact, microbes breaking down the food molecules produce the gas that is passed from farting or belching.
But that’s not all bacteria do! Bacteria are used to make healthy foods like yogurt, to produce some of the most powerful medicines, and to also break down garbage created by humans. A sturdy group of bacteria have been found to be able to break down certain toxic substances like oil without themselves dying. Certain bacteria, which can be incredibly resilient in the harshest of conditions, are able to break down toxic waste products into harmless byproducts and can even be manipulated by scientists to produce the earth’s life-giving gas, oxygen.
Scientists are also studying bacteria in the hopes of finding new medicines and of discovering more about how life may have developed on this planet. How can you learn more about this magical world? Ask your teacher and parents about science news magazines, web sites, or other sources you could use to keep up with what’s happening.
Stay curious and inquisitive about the world around you, as there are many magical things not immediately obvious to our eyes!
11 thoughts on “Do You Believe in Magic?”
I have been examinating out many of your posts and i can state pretty good stuff. I will make sure to bookmark your site.
That is a superb recommendations mainly to all those new to blogosphere, temporary and accurate informationâ€¦ Many thanks for sharing this 1. A ought to study article.
Good post, I would really love to do a hyperlink exchange as my blog site is inside the very same market, please email me with the email tackle I presented for this comment.
Only wanna comment that you have a very nice web site , I the pattern it really stands out.
Simply a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding layout. “People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it.” by Howard Newton.
blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!
I think this is among the so much vital info for me. And i am happy reading your article. But should statement on some normal issues, The site style is great, the articles is in reality great :D. Excellent task, cheers.
Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and all. However think about if you added some great photos or videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this site could undeniably be one of the best in its field. Awesome blog!
Many thanks for an incredible publish, can study your others reviews. many thanks for your ideas on this, I experienced a bit thump by this article. Thanks again again! You commit an excellent time. Displays the beauty through fantastic facts here. I feel that when more individuals thought about it doing this, they’d possess a better time frame get the suspend ofing the situation.
Thank you for sharing excellent informations. Your web site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched all over the place and just couldn’t come across. What a great site.
Usually I don’t read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, quite great post.