Hey, People -- Just Wash Your Fucking Hands, Okay?

It seems silly that we’re about to have this conversation, but people really need to start washing their hands. Like, right the fuck now. Oh, what’s that? You already wash your hands thoroughly after each bathroom visit, scrubbing with soap until you create a nice lather, and then rinsing under warm water? LIAR! » 6/22/13 2:30pm 6/22/13 2:30pm

Baby Poop Could Be the Key to Understanding Conditions Like Asthma,…

Babies born via Cesarean section have a different set of microbes in their digestive tracts than those born vaginally, according to a study that investigated and compared the stool samples of infants. Previous studies have linked C-sections with a higher risk of asthma, obesity, and diabetes, but the reasons weren't… » 2/15/13 12:00pm 2/15/13 12:00pm

Sorry, Floor Eaters: The 5-Second Rule Is Definitely a Myth

The 5-second rule is a myth that has been busted before (by the Myth Busters, no less) and yet it persists, which is why YouTube's science channel Vsauce has set out and disproved it once and for all. Turns out, the moment your food touches the ground it is covered with bacteria and after a whole 5 seconds, it can… » 12/10/12 7:15pm 12/10/12 7:15pm

Rosacea Possibly Caused by Tiny Mites Without Anuses Living on Your Face

Bugs are literally everywhere. They're on your sheets (probably), they're waiting in the dark corners of your shoes, they're hiding in pantry doors ready to jump out at you as if they've been spring-loaded and now, if you have rosacea, they might even be crawling in your pores, dying and leaving their bacteria-bloated… » 8/30/12 11:10am 8/30/12 11:10am

Don't Freak Out, But Science Made a Map of All the Tiny Bugs Covering…

We've long known that the human body is home to all kinds of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes, and now scientists have completed the first ever map of all of these semi-disgusting critters. It was not an easy job, but now the census of the human microbiome is complete and the verdict is that we're disgusting—but… » 6/14/12 9:30am 6/14/12 9:30am

Your Office Break Room Is a Cesspool of Filth

Every morning you cruise into the office, set your bags down at your desk, and then head to the break room/kitchen/communal area. You may think you're there to get coffee and shoot the shit with your coworkers, but it turns out you're basically just there to soak yourself in germs for a few minutes. What a lovely way… » 5/24/12 10:00am 5/24/12 10:00am

Bacteria Are Fighting a Giant, Mysterious War in Your Vagina Right Now

No matter how many abstinence pledges you've signed or purity balls you've attended, your vagina anything but pure, according to new research by, uh, vaginologists. In fact, your between-the-legs chute is the perfect hot, wet environment for an ongoing "dynamic battle" between various microorganisms. And scientists… » 5/02/12 6:30pm 5/02/12 6:30pm

We've Bred a Race of Super UTI Bacteria That Could Leave Us in a World…

Brace your bladders, ladies. It appears that the bacteria E. coli, which is so fond of invading our sensitive lady urethras on a regular basis and wreaking all kinds of painful havoc up in our tracts, is growing smarter and learning to overcome our best defenses. A new study of over 12 million bacteria found that E.… » 5/01/12 9:30am 5/01/12 9:30am

Oops! Looks Like You Might Need Your Appendix After All

Most of us don't spend too much time thinking about our appendixes, except if they're throbbing with infection and threatening to kill us—in which case that is ALL we are thinking about. The organ, a little dead-ended tube which is attached to your intestines, has long been assumed to be some kind of useless,… » 3/05/12 5:45pm 3/05/12 5:45pm