Manned Mars mission plans include a radiation shield made of poop

Now that millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito has officially announced his intention to send a man and a woman on a round-trip journey to Mars in 2018, a few more details are trickling out about the Inspiration Mars project. One such detail is how the Inspiration Mars team plans to protect its astronauts from cosmic… » 3/02/13 2:00pm 3/02/13 2:00pm

Rosacea could be caused by mites unleashing feces inside your pores

Holy crap. File this away under things you desperately wish you could un-know: lurking in your pores right now are tiny bugs, closely related to spiders, that live off your facial oils. Usually, these bugs are harmless, but harbor too many of them and their tendency to die and decompose while they're inside you becomes … » 8/30/12 9:41am 8/30/12 9:41am

10 Surprising Things That Bacteria Like to Eat

You've probably heard of necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating bacteria. But bacteria do not actually eat human flesh. They're actually trying to gobble up something a lot weirder. Here are ten of the stranger things bacteria naturally (and unnaturally) eat. You'll never look at dirty underwear the same way … » 5/24/12 10:00am 5/24/12 10:00am

Where Does The Poop Go?

Since we were old enough to flush, we have been amazed by the miracle of sewage. How disorienting and constipating to learn that this miracle is not quite a miracle, per se. London-based science journalist Rose George's book about the subject, The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It… » 10/16/08 4:30pm 10/16/08 4:30pm