Mind Controlling MICROBES Could Be Promoting Altruistic Behavior Even More than Genetics

Why do people commonly go out of their way to do something nice for another person, even when it comes at a cost to themselves—and how could such altruistic behavior have evolved? The answer may not just be in our genes, but also in our microbes. In a new paper, researchers Ohad Lewin-Epstein, Ranit Aharonov, and Lilach Hadany at Tel-Aviv … Continue reading

Astounding Alien Life Model Found in Deep Earth

A microbe that lives off radioactive rocks in Earth’s deepest mine reveals how life could thrive on other planets and even in interstellar space. An unusual microbe that lives off of radioactive rocks nearly 2 miles below Earth’s surface suggests what at least some extraterrestrial life could be like. The creature is a bacterium, Desulforudis audaxviator, discovered in the world’s … Continue reading

Researchers Suspect Bacteria, Viruses and Parasites Influence Human Behavior, Culture

We may think we’re independent, capable individuals, calling the shots in our lives from a place of personal freedom, but a new breed of research offers a somewhat terrifying counter argument to this belief. Incredibly, microbes can have a profound effect on our personalities and behavior — and even cause us to be more accident prone. While quite a bit … Continue reading