Daily Science News recently publicized the startling discovery of wood-dissolving bacteria. The U.S. government has known about hydrolignum bacillus for some time, but has kept it under wraps for fear of alarming the public.
There are two varieties of the bacteria. Lapislignum bacillus converts wood to stone. Many fossilized tree trunks in coal seams are now recognized as the work of lapislignum bacillus. The other variety, hydrolignum bacillus, eats wood, producing water as a waste product. It essentially dissolves wood.
While camping last weekend I found both kinds of bacteria at work in the woods as shown in the pictures. When I touched the active sites with my finger, my skin started to tingle, so I quickly wiped my hands clean, as I don’t know what either variety does to flesh.
Scientists and archaeologists now think that the ancient Egyptians used lapislignum bacillus to build the pyramids. They built the pyramids with wood, and then applied a paste culture of lapislignum bacillus to convert the wood to stone.
Work is proceeding on commercializing hydrolignum bacillus for use in dissolving wood. Homeowners would find a hydrolignum bacillus paste useful for fixing doors that fit too tightly in their jambs.
Hydrolignum bacillus could also be used to easily prune branches or fell trees without sawing as it works very fast. Smearing a ring of hydrolignum bacillus paste around a one-foot-diameter oak log eats through the log in 37 minutes.
Use of lapislignum bacillus could revolutionize the construction industry through emulating the Egyptians by building first with wood and then applying the bacteria to convert to stone.
Molecular biologists and recombinant DNA scientists are working on developing other varieties of these two varieties of bacteria. Some of the leading researchers believe that an extinct variety converted wood and vegetation into oil and that it is responsible for oil fields worldwide.
Labs are working round the clock on tinkering with the DNA to recover this oil-producing variety. Other federal research labs are trying to develop varieties that will convert wood to various metals like iron, aluminum, silver, and gold.
Not all the news about hydrolignum bacillus and lapislignum bacillus is good. Both are immune to all known antibiotics. If the bacteria gets out of control, all forests worldwide could turn to stone or simply dissolve away.
Currently only moonlight kills the bacteria. With reports from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) that nocturnal cloud cover is increasing, the natural moonshine control of hydrolignum bacillus and lapislignum bacillus may soon prove insufficient to control the bacteria.
For more info about lapislignum bacillus, see the article Wooden Pyramids Turned to Stone. Inquirers should recognize this about news in scientific web logs: announcements precede release in legitimate free online ordinary logs.
Questions to Ponder
- What beneficial uses can you imagine for hydrolignum bacillus and lapislignum bacillus?
- What are the dangers of hydrolignum bacillus and lapislignum bacillus?
- What do the initial letters of the last nine words in the last paragraph spell?
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Wednesday April 1, 2015 A.D.
But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure His indignation. Thus you shall say to them, “The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.” It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom; and by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens. (Jeremiah 10:10-12)