Celebrate the holiday season with a flurry of festive feces factoids. Given that it’s the week before Christmas and Hanukkah, we wondered whether we should use our newsletter to give you a refresher course on microbiology. But then we thought again. No. No. No. ‘Tis the holiday season, surely. You deserve something a little lighter. […]
Do bacteria cozy up for the winter? With the winter rapidly approaching, as it is in the Northern Hemisphere, there may be days when you’re not only reluctant to get out of bed, but are actually downright drawn to the idea of hibernating. Scientists refer to hibernation as “dormancy,” a period in an organism’s life-cycle […]
Can raindrops contain bacteria? And if so, how? With the uBiome HQ being in San Francisco, we’re well aware of living in a place that needs all the rain it can get. After all, California is entering its sixth year of drought, and it perhaps explains why people in this part of the world were […]
Marine microbes—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Maybe, like us, you’ve spun a globe in a library or school and realised that there’s one viewpoint that shows pretty much all ocean. Not surprising, really, when you recall that oceans cover 71% of our planet’s surface. And with rising sea levels, perhaps even more than […]
Buckle up for an auto-microbiome road trip Scrambling the letters of the word “bacteria” produces the anagram “a car bite,” which seems a suitable way to introduce this week’s exploration of some eye-opening automobile/bacteria connections. And as we’ll see, some do indeed relate to food. In 2014, the American Automobile Association estimated that the average […]
If you’re a regular reader of our weekly posts (and thank you so much if you are—it makes our very microbes merry) you’ll perhaps recall that last week we time-traveled back to the 13th century and Genghis Khan to explore and thoroughly debunk the Five Second Rule. This week, however, we’d like to bring you […]
Part (i) of a two-part look at bugs in space. Just over a week ago, six scientists checked out of a 1,200-square-foot dome high on a Hawaiian mountain after living in it for a full year, in order to simulate a mission to Mars. Their conditions weren’t the kind of sterile ones that might be […]
Why moving your bowels doesn’t move most of your bacteria. I wonder… Do you take a look at what you’re about to send on its way to the sewer, before you flush? I’m not sure what the collective noun for a group of gastroenterologists is (a gutful?) but a team of British specialists in this […]
What does a piece of poop and a seat without a back have in common? If you’re a regular reader of uBiome’s Monday missives (and a big hearty thank you if you are) you may recall that a couple of weeks ago we shone our flashlight on the Bristol Stool Scale. Perhaps, like me, it […]
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