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I 'showered' in bacteria for a week, and it totally changed my definition of clean

Our extreme, hygiene-obsessed routines are unnecessary, Jasmina Aganovic, president of Mother Dirt, told Business Insider. <b>"We've confused 'clean' with 'sterile,'" she said.</b><p>David Whitlock is the founding scientist of Mother Dirt's research partner, AOBiome. Whitlock, who uses the spray religiously, …

Microbiology

Multicellularity: A key event in the evolution of life

(Phys.org)—Multicellularity in cyanobacteria originated before 2.4 billion years ago and is associated with the accumulation of atmospheric oxygen, …

Pens Use Living Algae Ink to Create Time Lapse Drawings with Sunlight

Over the years, we've admired many drawings created with unconventional materials, but this might be the most off-beat yet. Thanks to the team at Living Ink Technologies, algae is now a viable option for image-making, with a special added component: algae acts as an invisible ink that appears after …

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Your Coffee Machine Is Breeding Bacteria

What do you usually put in your coffee in the morning? Cream? Sugar? A shot of antibiotic cleaner?<p>Maybe we should start considering that last one. A …

Everglades National Park Photos

Everglades National Park photos and pictures of culture, history, and travel from National Geographic.

Tarantulas evolved blue colour 'at least eight times'

<b>Tarantulas have evolved almost exactly the same shade of vibrant blue at least eight separate times.</b><p>That is the conclusion of a study by US biologists, exploring how the colour is created in different tarantula species.<p>The hue is caused by tiny structures inside the animals' hairs, but those shapes …

Biology

Time-lapse Shows a 'Brinincle' Freezing All Life In Its Path

It might be a few years old, but when we came across the ‘icicle of death,’ we couldn’t help but to want to share it with you.<p>Filmed by Hugh Miller …

Your Coffee Machine Is a Breeding Ground for Caffeine-Resistant Bacteria

Caffeine's natural antibacterial properties are no match for these hardy colonizers.<p>When you're waiting for your morning coffee to finish brewing, the last thing you probably want to think about is all the bacteria that's living inside your machine. Unless you're from the University of Valencia, …

Smoking high-strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres in brain

Study suggests high levels of skunk use may affect the brain’s white matter, making communication between the right and left hemispheres less efficient<p>High-strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres that handle the flow of messages across the two halves of the brain, scientists claim. Brain scans of …

Cannabis

Black widow spider web gives up DNA secrets

<b>Spiders can be identified from the DNA they leave on webs, say US scientists.</b><p>Analysis of genetic material stuck to spiders webs also reveals what they have eaten weeks after catching their prey.<p>The research may have future uses in monitoring endangered species or tracking down spider pests, experts …

Zoology

Unique watercolour of Darwin on HMS Beagle tipped to fetch upwards of £50,000 at auction

Artwork painted to amuse crew during the 1832 expedition that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is to be sold at Sotheby’s in London next month<p>A cartoon of Charles Darwin and the crew of the HMS Beagle – believed to be the only image of the great naturalist on the voyage that inspired …

New plant lamp generates light with the power of... bacteria?

By Dom Reseigh-Lincoln<p>Reliable electricity and artificial light sources might be so commonplace in the western world we barely pay them a thought, …

The Morbid History Of Victorian Surgery, Beautifully Illustrated

Richard Barnett’s Crucial Interventions covers a critical century in medical history through a smorgasbord of gruesome lithographs.<p>If you’re the type of person who gets dizzy at the sight of a little blood, you might want to stay away from <i>Crucial Interventions</i>. A gorgeously designed new book from …

Roving gene lets bacteria resist ‘last’ antibiotics

A gene that lets bacteria resist polymyxins—the last line of antibiotic defense we have left—has shown up in widespread bacteria samples from pigs …

Gut Bacteria Signal Your Brain When They're Full

Twenty minutes into a meal, E. coli pump out appetite-suppressing proteins, which could influence our feeling of hunger. Christopher Intagliata …

This Fancy Bacteria Is A Skin-Care Savior

When we think about our skin, the last thing we want to ponder is bacteria. Because, ew. But whether you want to talk about it or not, your skin is …

It's the Eye of the Tiger… and the Gator, the Deer, the Housecat

Ever wonder how housecats are able to pounce so precisely on unsuspecting prey? Or why goats have those weird, horizontal pupils? A recent Science …

Huddling Baby Rats Join Powers, Act as Superorganism to Get Cozy

Imagine you're a young rat and it's getting cold outside. How do you stay warm? Since they don't make down-filled parkas in rodent sizes, your next …

Scientists: Fungus causes snake ailment, but reason elusive

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A fungus has been identified as the cause of a mysterious ailment that has been infecting some snake species in the eastern United States, threatening some isolated snake populations such as the timber rattlesnakes found in western Vermont.<p>Knowing for sure the cause of what …

Regular Soap Just as Effective as Anti-Bacterial Soap

Previous studies have shown that regular soap is just as effective as anti-bacterial soap and with a new study published in the Journal of …

Mayo Clinic

Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Resist All Antibiotics

A mutation discovered in people and livestock in China makes bacteria resistant to last-resort drugs.<p>A new report found bacteria resistant to …

Yellowstone park proposes killing 1,000 bison this winter

Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter -- mostly calves and females -- as officials seek to reduce the animals' annual migration into Montana.<p>Park officials are scheduled to meet Thursday with representatives of American Indian tribes, the state and other …

Scientists discover new antibiotic-resistant gene MCR-1 in China

A new gene rendering bacteria immune to an antibiotic has been found in China by a Lancet research team. Doctors worry that it could roll back …

What Science Is -- and How and Why It Works

If you cherry-pick scientific truths to serve cultural, economic, religious or political objectives, you undermine the foundations of an informed democracy.<p>Science distinguishes itself from all other branches of human pursuit by its power to probe and understand the behavior of nature on a level …

Natural History Museum to open new Human Evolution Gallery

The Natural History Museum is to tell the story of human evolution in a new permanent gallery opening December 18<p>Over the last decade scientists have …

This is the start of the post-antibiotic era

The discovery could herald a virtual return to the Dark Ages, with doctors unable to control common germs like E. Coli, rolling back centuries of medical progress.<p>"These are extremely worryingly results," said Liu Jian-Hua, a professor at China's Southern Agricultural University and co-author of a …

E.coli

You Share 70% of Your Genes with This Slimy Marine Worm

People have more in common with deep-sea worms than one might suspect. Over 500 million years ago, humans and certain worms shared a common ancestor, …

Biology

5 Common Myths About Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

A new multi-country survey reveals widespread misunderstanding of antibiotic resistance.<p>A report from the World Health Organization (WHO) released on …

This Little Bot Walks on Water and Runs on Bacteria

Here’s a way to make environmental cleanup more fun: Next time you’ve got a polluted waterway, just unleash a swarm of tiny, bacteria-nomming robots …