By Gareth Cook of the the Boston Globe( October 1, 2000) – The history books will never record it, but life in outer space was discovered about 12 years ago by a Russian cosmonaut as he was gazing out a window of the space station Mir.
Squinting to set his sights on the passing Earth below, this space explorer instead focused on a thick living mat that had made its way up the window’s hard quartz surface, nearly obliterating any view. (more…)
Molds (fungi) are one of the oldest, deadliest and most adaptable organisms on planet earth.
The facts are that mold will grow anywhere. It grows on plants, animals, humans, wood, stone, steel and as this new study proves, even on the International Space Station (ISS) in outer space. In fact, mold may mutate and grow more lethal in space than here on earth.
The American Society for Microbiology published the new research paper to October to examine the traits and diversity of fungal isolates to gain a better understanding of how fungi may adapt to different environments and how this may affect interactions with humans in a closed habitat. (more…)
November 26, 2000 — Long before the first humans boarded the International Space Station (ISS), something else was living there.
Something unseen, but potentially dangerous. Something with an uncanny ability to survive and reproduce in even the most hostile environments. Something capable of attacking the Station’s crew and even the Space Station itself. (more…)
The California Department of Water Resources is warning people to avoid any contact with the water in Pyramid Lake because of a toxic algae bloom that has taken over much of the water.
The largest reservoir of water in California, Shasta Lake is one of the latest victims to an algae plague that is sweeping across the nation and world. California state officials are warning people to stay our of the water and avoid any contact with the toxic deadly water that is now enveloping the lake. (more…)
It is not only the world’s oceans that are being taken over by harmful algae blooms, many rivers and lakes are also falling victim to this green toxic killer.
This past Friday (July 15, 2016), state officials closed Utah Lake after test results confirmed that a massive algae bloom that now covers approximately 90% of the lake poses “serious health risks” to humans. (more…)