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What 300,000 year old eggshells reveal about the environment of the Paleolithic

Photo 04: Fragment of a 300,000 year old eggshell from a whooper swan on top of an intact modern day egg belonging to this species. Photo: Jordi Serangeli

The nesting site of whooper swans on the banks of a former lake in Schoningen


Microbes use tiny magnets as batteries

The Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria remove electrons from the magnetite battery (discharging, left) whereas the Fe(III)-reducing bacteria deposit electrons onto the magnetite battery (re-charging, right side).

Tübingen geomicrobiologists show that bacteria can use natural magnets found in soils and sediments as batteries


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