You better think twice about jumping into the Hudson for a skinny dip. Or any kind of dip, really. Researchers at Columbia have found strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria up and down the banks of the Hudson River.
While the corpses of corporate music retail chains litter strip malls where outlets like Tower Records and Blockbuster Music once stood, Amoeba Music is an independent juggernaut with three California-based stores the size of supermarkets. They've been a celebrated shopping destination for music afi ... More >>
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The woman who lives down the hall from me in my Crown Heights apartment building is a late-middle-aged Caribbean islander who spent months telling everyone in my building that I was an undercover K-9 cop sent in by the feds to blend in and gather intelligence on any potential drug dealers who may li ... More >>
Cows, chickens, and pigs in America are on lots of drugs -- and even account for 80 percent of the country's antibiotic consumption, Time reports. But now, Food and Drug Administration officials have called on the ag industry to limit antibiotic use in livestock, as they think it might lead to the ... More >>
That font is terrifying.This is worrisome. We have been reminded that a science-fiction horror-film-esque fear is actually a reality. Brain-eating amoebas exist, and they have killed three people this summer, including a boy in Virginia, a girl in Florida, and a man in Louisiana. Fortunately, ... More >>
Bedbugs -- horrible, terrible, repugnant bedbugs -- were bad enough when they were simply infesting our homes and terrorizing our night's sleep. But they've achieved new levels of horror with the news that they may also carry drug-resistant bacteria like MRSA and Staph. Gross. Recent research ... More >>
In this day and age, it is common that many of the key mysteries of life are solved via YouTube videos. "What does a baby penguin sounds like when being tickled?" is clearly one. "What is bumblefoot?" remains unsolved by this video, however, which is why we will tell you that Cookie's ailment is "a ... More >>
via Jim BahnDucks' semen is pretty special, but you already knew that. It has the ability to kill bacteria that damages sperm and causes disease. The BBC reports that scientists have now found that male ducks with more vibrant bills have semen that is more effective at killing bacteria than d ... More >>
stockmusicsite.comNot a fun way to spend the evening.Rebecca F. asks: My boyfriend and I think we got food poisoning from a restaurant we ate at a few days ago since we both got sick within half an hour of each other. Are we supposed to tell the restaurant? What do we do? Dear Rebecca: Get ... More >>
The city's Department of Environmental Protection announced a new pilot program today that officials say will use cutting-edge technology to convert algae at a Queens waste-water treatment plant into biofuel for cars. How environmental! From our toilets to your cars.
Hello, brave new world. This week, researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will send "an army of microorganisms into space" in an effort to learn how to prevent the spread of bacteria clusters that could pose a threat to the health of astronauts.
woodleywonderworks/flickrThe Huffington Post has an interesting piece on how getting down and dirty with nature in, for example, a vegetable garden can keep us emotionally healthy. The microbes in dirt, apparently, affect the same neurons that are stimulated by Prozac. A British study from a ... More >>
Photo by jere_me @ FlickrThe New York Times may have appended its recent op-ed piece on how small farm pork may be more prone to contamination than its industrially raised counterpart, but readers haven't quite yet recovered from the episode. And neither has the op-ed's author. James McWilliams cit ... More >>
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Viral infections, from flu to hepatitis, have long been considered untreatable. But that's about to change.