Elite Athletes Get a Performance Boost From Special Gut Microbes

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Researchers at Harvard Medical have found that elite athletes like marathon runners have more of a gut microbe, Veillonella, that gives them an endurance boost. They're working on turning it into a probiotic so us slowpokes can get a boost, too. (Credit: lzf/Shutterstock) More and more, researchers have been studying how your gut microbes might be making you sick. Scientists have linked these vital bugs to everything from schizophrenia, to autism, allergies and obesity. But what do the micro ...read more

CBD Might Work as an Antibiotic to Treat Bacterial Infections

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(Credit: ElROi/Shutterstock) CBD, or cannabidiol, is growing in popularity as a stress-relieving wonder drug that may help ease anxiety, inflammation and pain. Many enthusiasts also say it can cure a smorgasbord of other conditions. CBD is a non-active ingredient in cannabis -- it doesn't get you high. And that's helped retailers avoid legal problems while plopping the substance into all manner of products. But does the CBD chemical craze carry any weight? There's one surprising new way ...read more

Salt-loving Bacteria’s Survival Skills Bode Well for Life on Mars

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The dark streaks seen on Martian slopes might be an indication of where water sometimes flows, especially since orbiters have also observed salts in the same locations. (Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) Mars’ surface is dry and dusty. But researchers know there’s water there. It's locked up in the polar ice caps, and occasionally it probably seeps to the surface as liquid. And at night, the Red Planet’s plummeting temperatures raise the humidity drastically, possibly ...read more

History of Mars Impacts Leaves Hope for Ancient Martian Life

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If large impacts ceased early in Mars’ history, that would leave plenty of time for life to have formed in its ancient oceans. (Credit: NASA/GSFC) When the solar system was young, some scientists suspect it was too wild and raucous a place for life to develop. Earth, Mars, and the other planets were all being pelted by massive asteroids and rocky debris. Some of those rocks might have delivered the very water that later made life possible. But the unrelenting impacts may have made the s ...read more

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