Scientists in the Netherlands have discovered a new species of eukaryote – a microbe that cannot make its own food and must obtain energy from external sources.
Welcome to the science of bioremediation. With the power of bacteria, fungi, and algae, a whole new world of solutions are being created with little more than water and a little bit of elbow grease. If you’re interested in learning more about this exciting field, I highly recommend watching this video.
Many species of bacteria and fungi are able to survive in the environment if there is moisture or food. They may not be able to convert food into energy or produce complex carbohydrates that can be metabolized, but in their own environment they can obtain energy directly. The bacteria and fungi that live in dirt or sludge contain small nuclei called mycins. Mycins are special enzymes that catalyze the synthesis of nucleotides.
Life is a miracle for those organisms that cannot make their own food and must obtain energy from external sources. They are called the ‘non-biological’ organisms because there are no cells involved to perform the chemical functions of life. These organisms are called the ‘non-biological’ organisms because there are no cells involved to perform the chemical functions of life.
What is the difference between plants and animals? Well, we’ll tell you. Most humans have eaten plants before. But when they eat animal flesh, they must consume energy from their animals. That’s why they call them “animals.” However, for a long time humans were in the minority. Animals evolved to eat plants, and then humans started eating animals again. And so it is with these organisms.
Humans are unable to survive without a food source. While many animals have one, humans are unique in that we have two sources of energy. One comes from the food eaten. The other comes from the air we breathe. The organism that is unable to obtain energy from its own food or the air, known as an exothermic organism, is called a psychrophile. Psychrophiles are unable to make their own food and must depend on external sources of energy to survive.
The article below by James Hansen, author of “Our Changing climate” explains what is wrong with the current way we think about the planet we live on.
The human body has been designed to efficiently use energy. But some of us have been living in a world of excess energy all our lives. It’s so easy to become dependent on an excessive amount of energy and to find ourselves exhausted and depleted of energy. Life on Earth could not be any more different than our own. We have evolved over thousands of years with an amazing ability to adapt and survive in a wide range of environments.
If you’ve ever had to take apart a dishwasher, you know there is a definite amount of dust involved. With so many different types of bacteria and viruses present in the air, you’d be amazed by the number of ways you can pick up and pass those particles. Scientists and engineers have developed ways of creating microscopic organisms with the ability to withstand the elements and thrive in such a harsh environment.