Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Discovered in Dirt

SCIENCE A new class of microorganisms kills drug-resistant “superbugs”—and lives in dirt. (Washington Post) Learn more about antibiotics and the biotics they target with our Q&A here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research outlines the discovery of a new strain of antibiotics found in dirt. What are antibiotics? Use our resource here for … Continue reading Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Discovered in Dirt

Dirty DNA

SCIENCE For the first time, scientists have been able to extract the DNA of ancient hominins from cave dirt. (Smithsonian) Get to know your “Hominin History” with our fun GeoStory. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A genuinely exciting new study documents how scientists extracted ancient DNA from the dirt of ancient caves. What is … Continue reading Dirty DNA

Holey Cow! Swiss Cheese Mystery Solved

FOOD Scientists may have discovered why Swiss cheese has holes in it: apparently, it’s all down to how dirty the buckets are when milk is collected. (BBC) Learn more about food science and sanitation with our Food Education resources. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Will the “eyes” of Swiss cheese keep away the three … Continue reading Holey Cow! Swiss Cheese Mystery Solved