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  1. Spray This Bacteria on Your Face and Never Need to Take a Shower Again, Says Start-Up Company

    Watch. In five years, Jamie Lee Curtis will be doing commercials about it.

    It's pretty common knowledge that the amount of soap we use is probably bad for us. Sure, there's the "antibacterial products breed stronger bacteria" argument, but there's also a contingent of cosmetologists who say too much soap can strip the skin and hair of necessary bacteria. AOBiome's solution? Spray that bacteria right back on your face.

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  2. Bacteria Who Have No Friends Mutate Faster, Just Like Supervillains

    One is the loneliest single-celled organism.

    There are a lot of health risks associated with loneliness in humans: depression, stress, poor decision making, heart disease, and even decreased memory and learning. You know what happens when E. Coli cells are alone, though? They mutate even faster and wreak havoc on human immune systems. Dang, E. Coli. That is some Gollum-level shit.

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  3. Study Proves 5 Second Rule is Scientifically Accurate

    Those old wives really knew their shit.

    My fellow hungry klutzes, today is the day we are validated. A recent study from Aston University in England has delved deeper than ever before into the science behind the "five second rule", proving that picking your food up during the fabled grace period is in fact an effective way of avoiding contamination.

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  4. Scientists Named An Acne-Causing Bacterium After Frank Zappa

    Well, what the hell do I wash my face with to get rid of that?

    Scientists in Italy have discovered a new form of bacteria that they're calling P. Zappae, in honor of the famous rock singer. Even weirder? While it is a type of bacteria known to cause acne in humans, they actually found it in a vineyard. Great, now even our wine has to go through puberty.

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  5. Slimy Biofilms Formed In Space Are Tougher, Thicker, And Display New Structures

    Bacteria have mastered classical architecture, in space. What have you done lately?

    We're not alone in space... because of the microorganisms we take with us. In space, bacteria builds up and forms biofilms that pose a threat to health and hygiene for spaceflight, so it's important we understand them. A study of biofilm growth showed that in space, biofilms combine in a unique 'column-and-canopy structure' and are more resilient.

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  6. Flagella Let Some Bacteria Swim Through Mucus More Easily Than Water

    Researchers think they've learned why some bacteria can swim through gels as easily as we glide through a lake.

    While snot is unpleasant, it's a necessary evil, trapping dust and bacteria before they enter our bodies. Some bacteria, though, are able to swim through mucus even more effectively than water. Now, researchers think they've learned how the specialized flagella these bacteria propel themselves with allow them to move through thick gels with ease.

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  7. Vibrant Bacteria Art Inspires “Ewws” and “Ahhhs”

    Eshel Ben-Jacob has found art in even the grossest of places: he has used bacteria to make colorful fractal works of art. The bacteria is grown in unconventional, irregular conditions-- taken in and out of heat, forced to deal with antibiotics or other chemicals-- which makes them form elaborate patterns to cope with the problems. Ben-Jacob has harnessed this capability to make some amazing psychedelic pictures. You'll never see bacteria in the same way again! (via Neatorama via Smithsonian)

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  8. Buried Lake Vostok May Support a Thriving Ecosystem Two Miles Beneath the Surface of Antarctica

    Scientists find signs of complex life in an Antarctic lake buried under two miles of ice. There may even be fish!

    Lake Vostok, a body of water located about two miles beneath Antarctica's icy surface, may be home to a viable ecosystem in spite of intense cold, complete darkness, lack of nutrients, and possible volcanic activity. And what's more, new evidence uncovered from samples of organic material suggest that the lake's inhabitants could include complex life forms such as arthropods, mollusks, and even fish. A group of researchers at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) concluded in a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE that "although Lake Vostok is oligotrophic," or nutrient poor, "based on the metagenomic and metatranscriptomic results presented here, it is far from sterile."

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  9. Flesh-Eating Bacteria Repurposed Into Disease-Fighting Glue

    Flesh-eating bacteria just sounds evil. It's known in the medical world as necrotizing fasciitis, which sounds even more sinister. But what if something evil could be turned into something good? For example, biochemist Mark Howarth and his team at the University of Oxford have genetically engineering a disease-fighting "superglue" out of one of the microbes that can create flesh-eating bacteria.

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  10. Symbiotic Bacteria Tell Squid When To Hunt, When To Sleep

    Glowing bacteria that live in the light-generating organs of the tiny bobtail squid play a key role in determining the animal's circadian rhythms -- the natural cycles that help determine when a creature sleeps, wakes, and eats -- according to a study published this week in the journal mBio. It's the first time a symbiotic bacteria has been found to determine the daily habits of its host, and could offer researchers insight into how the bacteria that live in more complicated creatures -- including humans -- may affect our day to day lives.

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