'Plastic-eating' microbes help marine debris sink

Jun 28, 2014

'Plastic-eating' microbes help marine debris sink

Microscopic creatures could be helping reduce marine garbage on the ocean surface, not only by “eating” plastics but by causing tiny pieces to sink to the seafloor, Australian researchers said June 19. The plastic-dwellers appear to be biodegrading the millions of tons of debris ...

May 17, 2013

Life-giving elements found in 1.5-billion-year-old water

Scientists said Wednesday they had found life-giving chemicals in water at least 1.5 billion years old, which they are now combing for signs of microscopic organisms that may have survived from a prehistoric age. The water, isolated in pockets deep underground, is now pouring ...