Charming Paper Animations Show Tells the History of Microbes

We covered the work of Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck before, but they're back with a new series called "Animated Life," which will explore major discoveries and the legacies they've left behind. Up this week: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and the drop of lake water he bothered to look at under a microscope. » 11/24/14 3:00am 11/24/14 3:00am

Here's why wine snobs should probably be called bacteria snobs

Differences in wine quality between vineyards have long been attributed to processing techniques and seasonal variation. But research now suggests that regional differences between wines are shaped by microbes — specifically, fungi and bacteria. Cultivating certain grape microbes may actually improve wine flavor. » 11/26/13 12:38pm 11/26/13 12:38pm