Body Maps Expose the Chemical Residue That Coats Our Skin

Body Maps Expose the Chemical Residue That Coats Our Skin

All that soap, sunscreen, and lotion you slather on your body? That stuff sticks.

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Mapping the Microbes of the New York City Subway

Mapping the Microbes of the New York City Subway

A few years ago Christopher Mason, a geneticist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, dropped his eight-month-old daughter off at daycare and watched as she put a plastic toy giraffe in her mouth. Then he watched that giraffe go into another kid’s mouth. And then another. “It got me thinking about what microbes […]

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9 Amazing and Gross Things Scientists Discovered About Microbes This Year

9 Amazing and Gross Things Scientists Discovered About Microbes This Year

We can’t see them, but they are all around us. On us. In us. Our personal microbes have us outnumbered by orders of magnitude, but scientists are only beginning to understand how they influence our health and other aspects of our lives. It’s an increasingly hot area of science, though, and this past year saw lots of interesting developments. Here are some of the highlights.

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