The International Space Station is a Cesspool of Bacteria and Fungi, Study Finds

An extensive survey of bacteria and fungi on surfaces inside the International Space Station has revealed an astonishing number of microorganisms living among the astronauts – the health impacts of which aren’t entirely clear. Read More >>

Scientists Peer Inside the Disgusting Cloud of Living Things That Surrounds You Daily

From the minute we’re born, we’re surrounded by a swarm of things not visible to the human eye—dangerous pathogens, harmless microbes, and a wide assortment of chemicals. A new study out of Stanford University seems to illuminate this hidden world, and the results are admittedly both cool and terrifying. Read More >>

The “Five Second Rule” is Indeed Rubbish

Researchers looking into the "five second rule" that says it's OK to continue eating a bit of sausage that fell on the floor as long as you picked it up quickly, have said it's a load of rubbish. As any right-thinking person already knew. Read More >>

KFC Ice Found to Have Faeces Bacteria On It During Food Standards Investigation

The next time you visit the chicken shop -- if this hasn’t completely put you off, of course -- think twice about ordering a drink. A BBC investigation found faecal coliforms in the ice served at a KFC branch in Birmingham’s Martineau Place, and not just traces either. High levels of the stuff. Read More >>

A Jacket That Protects You From Germs on Public Transport

The growing bedbug issue on New York's underground sounds pretty awful, but you know what's worse? All the parasites and invisible germs you don't see while taking public transport. You might as well be rolling around in a petri dish when you step on a bus, unless you've got protection. Say, gallons of hand sanitiser, or Betabrand's new germ-fighting transport jacket. Read More >>

Charity Gift Wrap Turns Common Germs Into Pwetty Wittle Snowflakes

Homelessness charity St. Mungos has created this charming gift wrap, consisting of three heart-warming snowflake scenes. But they're not snowflakes, they're the cold, influenza and pneumonia viruses, blown up to highlight but three of the problems faced by the homeless in winter. All money goes to charity. Buy here: [Wrap Up Project] Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

Your Next Smartphone Screen Will Be Able to Disinfect Itself

Your phone is filthy. Anything that's getting rubbed by your grimy little fingers on a ridiculously regular basis is going to be far from pristine. But Corning can help. Its newest revision of Gorilla Glass is not only ridiculously resilient, it also kills pesky germs all by itself. Read More >>

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These are the Bacteria Lurking on Your Phone

Sure, your phone might look clean, but it isn't really. In fact, it's covered in bacteria—and this image shows how horrible they are. Read More >>

Why Are Things In Science Always Minimalist, White and Shiny?

Design permeates all aspects of our daily lives, and while most concentrate on high design -- that which makes things pretty, work well, and look awesome -- some design is purely functional, even if it looks sleek and sexy on the surface. Design in science is just like that. Read More >>

How to Safely Eat Fallen Food with the 5-Second Rule

Who among us hasn't quickly reclaimed a floor cookie when no one was looking? If nobody's seen: it didn't happen and it's not dirty. Well, not quite. Read More >>

Posters That React to Being Kissed Are the Worst Idea Ever

Ah, Japan, you crazy-ass country you. As if your advertising wasn't surreal enough already, the advent of posters that react to being kissed has taken things into a whole new league. Read More >>

We’re Sending Germs to Mars

What happens when living organisms are bombarded with cosmic radiation for years on end? We don't know, unless comic books are allowed into the discussion. But an upcoming mission will put earthling microbes in the crossfire en route to Mars. Read More >>

Sorry, Freezing Your Jeans Will Not Ungross Them

Your jeans in the freezer: It's a recipe for shrinkage of the worst kind, plus it won't do anything to clean your jeans despite Levi's recommendation to do so. Read More >>