Microbiology

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tags: Following The Mercury Trail, health, environment, ecology, pollution, PCBs, DDT, heavy metals, red tide, human sewage pollution, Stephen Palumbi, TEDTalks, TED Talks, streaming video There’s a tight and surprising link between the ocean’s health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find…

Great Microbiologists

tags: Great Microbiologists, Lego, brickfilm, animation, technology, scientists, history, microbiology, animalcule, streaming video This is yet another Lego animation. This time, instead of recreating highlights of the World Cup 2010 games, this one shows highlights for the history of the field of microbiology. It’s actually good enough to show as an intro to a microbiology…

tags: HIV and ‘Flu — The Vaccine Strategy, microbiology, epidemiology, virology, vaccines, medicine, public health, viruses, influenza, HIV, Seth Berkley, TEDTalks, TED Talks, streaming video Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats — from AIDS to malaria…

Lab Trash

tags: Lab Trash, recycle, molecular biology, cell biology, streaming video I’ve been telling you about the perils of plastics, but some of the worst plastics offenders are molecular and cell biologists. Nearly every experiment that we do uses incredible amounts of plastics. In cell biology or molecular biology labs the emphasis is on working sterile,…

tags: potable water, safe drinking water, LifeSaver Bottle, streaming video Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. In this video, engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it — inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009. [10:05]

tags: TEDTalks, Laurie Garrett, H5N1 Influenza, influenza, virology, epidemics, streaming video Recorded in 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of “The Coming Plague,” gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever. [21:05]

tags: Antigen Shift, Influenza Viruses, molecular biology, virology, microbiology, streaming video This video discusses the process of antigen shift in influenza viruses, such as the H1N1 “swine flu” that has recently been identified in Mexico and in quite a few other countries, including in NYC [1:18]

TEDTalks: Talking Bacteria

tags: bacteria, microbiology, TEDTalks, science, streaming video This interesting video is a TEDTalk. TED — for Technology, Entertainment, Design — talks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. They are a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and…

tags: microbiology, astrobiology, new species, Indian Space Research Organization, bacteria Bacterial colonies. Image: Hub Testing Laboratory [larger view]. According to a recently published press release, three new species of bacteria have been discovered in the upper stratosphere by Indian scientists in an experiment conducted by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). This discovery lends some…

tags: virology, mimivirus, sputnik, virophage, microbiology, molecular biology Now here’s an astonishing discovery that’s hot off the presses: a virus that infects other viruses! This amazing finding is being published tomorrow in the top-tier peer-reviewed journal, Nature.