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April 24, 2009

 

Leaf cutter ant carrying leaf

Leafcutter Ants

Fungus may not sound too appetizing, but the white fluffy growths are much more nutritious than leaves. We use a similar process with cows.

January 27, 2005

 

Ashes, Ashes

According to some historians, "Ring Around the Rosy" is a song about the plague that wiped out nearly half the population of Europe during the Middle Ages.

September 16, 2004

 

A Pain in the Ear

Why is it that young children always get ear aches, but adults never do? Find out on this Moment of Science.

July 19, 2004

 

Fencing in Bacteria

What do you do when infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa? You'll want to know! Find out on this Moment of Science.

December 3, 2003

 

Do Bacteria Build Resistance to Antibiotic Ointments?

Since bacteria can build resistance to antibiotics, is it wise to use antibiotic ointments? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Offensive Plants

Everyone knows that plants have some pretty good passive defense mechanisms. Learn about plants and their offensive strategies on A Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Maggots festing one of two possums in a creek

Maggot Therapy

Before modern antibiotics, doctors sometimes relied on an unusual, but effective therapy for keeping wounds from getting infected. Yep, you guessed it: maggots.

September 27, 2003

 

chemotherapy

Cancer Cells and Chemotherapy

Learn about how chemotherapy drugs work to fight cancer.

September 27, 2003

 

Ants and Antibiotics

Ever notice spotted ants and wonder if they’re diseased? Those spots aren’t symptoms of a disease. Certain ants actually farm gardens of a spongy fungus that they sustain themselves on.

September 27, 2003

 

Drugs in Our Waters

Household drugs like painkillers, antibiotics and hormones enter the water system in many ways. For example, some animal feeds contain antibiotics and might flood into rivers with run-off, while other antibiotics are flushed or dumped down sinks and toilets in homes.

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