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Eating off the Floor: How Clean Living Is Bad for You

Ten steps to a healthier life and more wealth through embracing the bacteria around you. Book titles are difficult to choose. In theory, a perfect title is concise, compelling, enticing and, oh by the way, accurately conveys some aspect of the book’s contents...

January 29, 2012 — Rob Dunn

Science-Art Scumble #29

Scumble #29 featured images by graphic designer David Orr of Love in the Time of the Chasmosaurs:David Orr is a graphic designer and book cover artist who I had the privilege of sharing a session with at ScienceOnline2011, along with John Hawks...

January 29, 2012 — Glendon Mellow

On selfish genes and human behaviour

I'm safely back from my honeymoon, and I was catching up on the Scientific American articles when I found one that quite disturbed me. I don't usually use this blog as a forum for thoughts about things that aren't bacteria, but this is something I found important, particularly as I've spent most of the holiday reading Mary Midgely books.The article is by Michael Shermer, and you can read it here...

January 28, 2012 — S.E. Gould

ScienceOnline2012 Sci-Art Show: The Winners

Already announced by Karyn Traphagen on the ScienceOnline2012 blog, I'm taking another look at the winners of the first ScienceOnline Science-Art Show.Artwork at a science communication conference in many ways should be a no-brainer: visuals are often left as frills and afterthoughts in blog posts, books and articles...

January 27, 2012 — Glendon Mellow


Feet smell like feet and armpits smell like armpits because they each harbor unique species of bacteria with unique metabolisms that produce unique volatiles.

January 27, 2012 — Christina Agapakis

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