Did A "Field of Human Excrement" By The White House Kill A President?

If you remember President William Henry Harrison from U.S. history class at all, then you probably remember him as the poor fellow who died from pneumonia a month after delivering his inaugural address in freezing rain. Except was it really pneumonia after all? A New York Times article suggests a different theory, and… » 4/02/14 5:40pm 4/02/14 5:40pm

This Pretty Gel Is a Smart Tag That Changes Color When Food Spoils

Thanks to what looks like a little square of jello, you could tell your milk has gone bad without even opening the (gross-smelling) container. The gel is actually a nanorod-embedded smart tag that changes from red to green, mimicking the growth of bacteria in milk without touching it. » 3/19/14 5:40pm 3/19/14 5:40pm

An Unintended Effect of Energy-Efficient Buildings: Toxic Mold

Energy-efficient buildings can be wonderful at keeping out drafts and keeping down heating bills. But the same air-tightness, unfortunately, is also perfect for trapping humid air where toxic mold can go to party. » 2/16/14 1:00pm 2/16/14 1:00pm

How the Architecture of Our Buildings Shapes the Germs Around Us

We design buildings to make human lives better—but should we also design them to make bacteria healthier? A new study posits just that, suggesting that the microbial communities that live amongst us are deeply influenced by the design of our buildings. Wait—but aren't microbes bad? Not exactly. » 1/30/14 4:40pm 1/30/14 4:40pm

The World's Awesomest Scientists Invent Cavity-Free Candy

With a breakthrough that will finally help Halloween top Christmas as the best holiday ever, scientists at the Berlin-based biotech lab Organo Balance claim to have developed a candy that doesn't cause cavities. You'll still get sick and pack on the pounds from gorging on sweets, but if you forget to brush your teeth,… » 12/13/13 10:40am 12/13/13 10:40am

The New Deadliest Substance Known to Man Is Top Secret (For Now)

Scientists recently discovered a new type of botulinum toxin (a.k.a. botox) that they believe is the deadliest substance known to man. Because they've yet to discover an antitoxin, researchers won't publish the details of gene sequence due to security concerns—a first for the scientific community. Thank God. » 10/14/13 12:24pm 10/14/13 12:24pm

Infections Fight To The Death Inside This 3D-Printed Chimpanzee Skull

A research team at the University of Texas, led by chemists Jodi Connell, Marvin Whiteley, and Jason Shear, has 3D-printed this microscopic chimpanzee skull, which later served as an unsettling proof-of-concept for printing "microscopic houses" to trap bacteria, forming "tiny zoos for the study of infections." » 10/07/13 7:13pm 10/07/13 7:13pm

5 Creatures That Have Evolved Into Badass Biological Machines

The natural world might be awe-inspiring, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t share similarities with the technological world that we inhabit. In fact, as biologists have come to look at creatures in closer detail, they've discovered that some of them have been using basics of engineering—that we now take for… » 10/07/13 12:00pm 10/07/13 12:00pm

Science Says Not to Wash Your Chicken Before You Cook It

Here's something to bring up the next time you're eating after being a winner winner: you don't actually have to wash the raw chicken with water before you cook it. In fact, science is saying that it's definitely worse to wash a chicken with water because you might spray all kinds of bacteria from the kitchen all over… » 8/27/13 2:00am 8/27/13 2:00am

Hospital Fined for Putting Poop Germs in Patients' Brains on Purpose

There's a reason surgeons wear masks and gloves. The last thing you want is to get crap in someone's body. That is, unless you are one of the two UC Davis Medical Center neurosurgeons who very purposely introduced their patents' brains to poop bacteria. It was a real shit-for-brains way of trying to help. » 8/23/13 4:10pm 8/23/13 4:10pm

Look At All the Creepy Stuff Inside a Single Drop of Pond Water

Wow. This is incredible. Captured by high-definition microscopy, the footage shows the buzzing world and slimy life inside a single drop of pond water. It's completely alien, it's unnerving and it makes your stomach turn itself inside out. There are brown flatworms, Medusa looking nematodes, starfish-like hydras… » 8/13/13 9:08pm 8/13/13 9:08pm