Scientists studying the belly button fluff of 60 people found 1,458 bacteria completely new to science. One participant’s fluff contained oil found only in soil from Japan, where he had never visited.
There are microorganisms living on the seafloor that reproduce only once every 10,000 years and have been alive for millions. These are likely the oldest living things on Earth.
Scientists have unexpectedly found that the bacterium Colwellia psychrerythraea, an extremophile, can survive at -196 Celsius degrees, the temperature of liquid nitrogen. They’re not sure how this is possible.
An individual who who hadn’t washed in several years hosted two species of so-called extremophile bacteria, that typically thrive in ice caps and thermal vents, in his/her belly button.
A Russian scientist injected himself with a 3.5 million year old bacteria trapped in Siberian Permafrost ‘after successful experiments on mice and fruit flies’. He says it has made him flu proof for the past two years and gave him more energy to work longer hours.
During the Civil War wounded soldiers reported mysterious glowing from their wounds that seemed to encourage healing. This turns out to be a rare bio-luminescent bacteria in the dirt of the battlefield.
Bacteria that eats and survives on electricity alone, was found in the ocean floor.
There is a bacteria that can survive with almost no nutrients in a spacecraft assembly clean room and is resistant against the sterilization measures used there.
The amount of bacteria and other filth on a pair of jeans doesn’t increase after about 2 weeks of wear, with the study having the test subject wear the jeans non-stop for 15 months, and still not developing an unhealthy amount of bacteria.
Bacteria accounts for ten percent of a human being’s dry body weight.