A routine activity that’s built on euphemisms There are people who claim they can tell your fortune through the reading of tea leaves, an art known as tasseography. As for us, well, we guess you might say we can tell you a lot about yourself by reading your toilet paper. You see, this is the […]
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The bug-busting potential of the vaginal microbiome. A word of warning for those with a delicate disposition. Frankly, this week’s newsletter contains more organs than a Wurlitzer showroom. And, in particular, we’re focusing on what you might term, ahem, “below the belt” body parts. Yup, vaginas specifically, although let’s not entirely leave penises out. Roughly […]
Komodo dragon blood: coming soon by prescription? In Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling wrote that Professor Dumbledore became famous for his discovery of “the twelve uses of dragon’s blood.” Consequently, when J.K. Rowling toured the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999, a nine-year-old fan asked her what those uses were. “I have […]
Oops. Mankind’s inadvertent colonizing of Mars, with bacteria from Earth. 56 years ago, in May 1961, President Kennedy famously proposed to Congress that the US should commit itself, “Before the decade is out, [to land] a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth.” Eight years later – and a mere five […]
Apparently, no-one pulls the paper quite like you do: introducing the TP ID. Curiously, in 90 issues of these weekly newsletters, we’ve never written on toilet paper, as it were. And that seems remiss (well, it does to us), since this bathroom staple plays such an essential role in helping you, uh, get to the […]
A team of mechanical engineers reveal all in a journal article. We admit that it may appear a touch eccentric to start a post about the speed at which mammals poop with a few reflections on the extraordinary proposed transportation system, Hyperloop. But quite honestly, there’s something about the thought of cylindrical objects racing down […]
Plus, furry, bat-like humans on the moon. In August 1835, The Sun in New York published a series of six articles describing the astonishing findings of the esteemed astronomer, Sir John Herschel. The newspaper breathlessly reported that Herschel had set up his remarkably powerful telescope at the Cape of Good Hope, resulting in his discovery […]
And we humans depend — really depend — on bats. Without bats, we’d be in a fine mess. Every day, our little winged friends rid the world of a colossal amount of crop-destroying insects. Worryingly, though, bats are being killed off by the millions by a particularly nasty fungus. The good news, however? Bacteria may […]
How hippie food became mainstream. “The Hippies Have Won.” That was the conclusion of a New York Times article on April 4th, which suggested that “just as yoga and meditation have gone mainstream, so have ideas and products surrounding health, wellness and eating that play like a flashback to the early 1970s.” The nicely-observed piece […]
If you’re a turquoise killifish, that is. In the last couple of weeks, researchers in Germany have released the findings of a remarkable study in which they were able to dramatically increase the longevity of middle-aged fish by replacing the contents of their gut microbiome with microbes taken from younger fish of the same species. […]
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