April 15, 1912. In the wee hours of the morning, hundreds of panicked souls faced inevitable death in the icy North Atlantic waters as the most fantastic luxury liner ever built broke apart and sank beneath the placid surface. Though the R. M. S. Titanic never completed her maiden voyage, the doomed ship and her passengers quickly became the stuff of legend.

One hundred years later, a new kind of disaster threatens Titanic. (more…)

It’s not often one feels connected to a microbe. But if there were ever one I’d want to grab a cup of joe with, it would be the bacterium Pseudomonas putida CBB5. (Think that’s hard to say, just try repeating a hipster’s drink order.)

This tiny microbe can definitely hold its own when it comes to caffeine. In fact, a new study indicates it developed the ability to literally live on the stuff. (more…)