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Satellite Will Test Whether Astronaut Poop Can Be Turned into Spaceship Fuel

The planned UNESCOSat mission — a UN-owned satellite that will conduct low-gravity experiments — will examine whether or not the Shewanella MR-1 bacterium can convert human feces into a fuel that can be used on long-range spaceflights: The goal is, to put it bluntly, to see if Shewanella can convert astronaut feces into hydrogen for use [...]

Mighty Microbes: 4 Little Creatures that Pack a Big Scientific Punch

By Maggie Koerth-Baker Economists do it with spreadsheets and charts. Architects favor balsa wood. But when a biologist needs a model, it’s gotta be alive. Here’s to the tiny critters that have inched our world forward, one microscopic step at a time. Big Name: Shewanella oneidensis Why It Deserves a TV Special: Shewanella can go without air longer [...]