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Herbsprout is a webblog and podcast dedicated to sharing the health benefits of herbs, food, innovations related to our gut microbiome. Herbsprout seeks to bridge the vast chasm dividing the mainstream medical community, alternative medicine, and Asian medicine, especially of China (TCM), India (Ayurveda), and Japan (eJim & Kampo).

Rare earth elements can be extracted by bacteria

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Another break gut microbiome and health, a study of the bacteria Sphingomonas desiccabilis by Dr. Charles S. Cockell, a professor of astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh, was able to separate rare earth elements from rock, according to a November 11 2020 New York Times article by Kenneth Chang. In the test, Cockell and his associates with help from the European Space Agency, used S. desiccabilis to increase the amount of rare earth elements extracted from the basalt by roughly a factor of two.

The team tested this at the space station, where Luca Parmitano, a European Space Agency astronaut, placed some of the S. desiccabilis in a centrifuge spun at speeds to simulate Mars or Earth gravity, and in zero-gravity environment.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/11/science/bacteria-mining-mars-moon.html

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