Please, Stop Shitting in the Pool

Is there anything we love to do more than dip our diarrhoea-filled bums into recreational sources of water? Apparently not! Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again warning sick people to please keep their literal arses away from swimming pools, lest they spread a hardy parasite called Crypto. Read More >>

After All These Years, Google’s Finally Adding Widgets to Wear OS

After five long years, Google has finally done what every other major smartwatch maker has already figured out: How to add widgets. Read More >>

A Superbug Resistant to 26 Antibiotics Killed a Woman in Nevada

Fifteen years ago, US public health officials declared that infections resistant to antibiotics could become a major threat. That threat, it seems, has arrived. Read More >>

Heroin Now Kills More People Than Guns in America

For the first time ever, deaths in America due to heroin overdose outnumber gun homicides. And before you ask, no, the number of gun homicides hasn’t been dropping. Good lord. Read More >>

US Told to Expect ‘Limited’ Outbreaks of the Zika Virus

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says outbreaks of the Zika virus are all but inevitable in the US, but that these outbreaks will be limited in scope. At the same time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced an emergency session to address the “explosive spread” of the disease, which has been linked to birth defects. Read More >>

Maybe We Can Test Ebola at Far Less Costly Facilities

The past few months have seen a dramatic rise in the number of experts researching the prevention or treatment of Ebola. That rise hasn’t been dramatic enough, in part because Ebola has to be tested at expensive, highly specialised facilities. Now there’s a plan to change that. Read More >>

US NIH Discovers Even More Dangerous Pathogens in Recent Lab Sweep

This past July, we reported that the National Institutes of Health found vials filled with smallpox in a Maryland lab. The potentially disastrous discovery prompted the agency to check on all its labs to make sure no other fatal diseases were lurking about. It turns out there were. Read More >>

CDC Scientist Accidentally Ships Deadly Virus, Hopes No One Will Notice

That wacky Center for Disease Control (CDC) is up to its old, potentially fatal-virus-spreading tricks again. But instead of anthrax or dengue, this time, the Centers for Disease Control brought a deadly strain of bird flu into its revolving cast of highly contagious characters. Because while rushing to get to a meeting, a CDC scientist accidentally tainted a tamer strain of bird flu with a far more deadly one and then sent it out into the world. Whoops. Read More >>

The Tiltpod Magnetic Tripod Will Fit in Even the Skinniest of Jeans

Sometimes lugging your full DSLR around is more trouble than it's worth, so you bring a smaller point-and-shoot. But what about when you don't want to lug a full tripod around just to hold your compact digital camera? The Tiltpod could be the answer. Read More >>