Aug 22 2014

Bugs Up Your Arse Cause Voices In Your Head

Several sources including IFLScience have set the Social Meeja Intertubes alight with the fascinating suggestion that your gut microbiota control your appetite. [NOTE: This article was written in the United Arab Emirates where rectofossal.com is a banned website; in the UAE homosexuality is illegal, rape victims are jailed, it’s customary to wipe your arse with your hand but …

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Aug 18 2014

More Hot Poop: Turd Transplants

So, you all know we’re just social care and transport systems for Our Microbial Overlords, the number of whose cells we carry on and in us outnumber our own but 10 to 100-fold, right? Anyway, if our relationship with them falls into disharmony it can cause problems. If bowel flora get somewhere they shouldn’t (like …

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Aug 16 2014

Virus lives on bacteria in your poop: meet crAssphage!

Oh Dear. Never let microbiologists name stuff. We can’t even classify Strep properly so when a new virus is discovered that lives up half the human race’s Chocolate Starfishes you just know it’s not going to end well. Newly-discovered crAssphage (seriously!) doesn’t infect us: it attacks some of the resident bacteria among the thousands of species …

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Aug 12 2014

How Do You Solve A Problem Like… Ebola

I’ve been resisting the urge to write about Ebola but I finally cracked. We’ve had the usual crappy journalism one expects of the meeja over here – see the picture – but it was that ever-reliable storehouse of Utter, Utter Bollocks – the Natural News – that actually posted a homeopathic cure for Ebola which …

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Jul 20 2014

The Organic Delusion

‘Organic’ food remains a scientifically and nutritionally bankrupt con perpetrated on us that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while. But it’s back in the news again… Gotta love the Grauniad. For non-UK readers unfamiliar with our nation’s favourite left-leaning ‘quality’ newspaper, if you’re a yoghurt-weaving, lentil-plaiting, muesli-snorting disabled vegan LGBT social worker …

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Jul 14 2014

Natural Is Best. Innit.

All-Natural-Banana

I’ve threatened to write about the Naturalistic Fallacy before; it’s a huge topic but one aspect of this fascinating cognitive bias has been doing the rounds again recently: the premise that ‘natural’ food is better than ‘synthetic’ foods or ‘chemicals’. There are several problems with this notion. One is that ‘natural’ is essentially a meaningless term; everything …

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Jun 24 2014

The Microbiology of Superstition

So what links farting, mythical beasts and religious miracles? Our Microbial Overlords were an occult phenomenon for far more than the 250,000 years we’ve been around. We remained blissfully ignorant of the true origin of the largesse they granted us – beer, wine, bread cheese, salami, kimchee, even Cupriavidus metallidurans which excretes solid gold – but were …

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Jun 16 2014

Sleeping with the Enemy

Do you sleep with your pets? I’m not talking hardcore bestiality here, but do you allow your pet to sleep on or in your bed? Do you? Who could blame you; they’re cute. They’re fluffy. They love you. In fact they love you so much they might even stop licking their Chocolate Starfish or genitalia …

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Jun 11 2014

Do Bacteria Glow in the Dark?

Or under ultraviolet (black) light? Well, some bacteria do – but not in the way many seem to think based on those ever-reliable barometers, TV and the Internet. Just point your Google-Fu at any combination of ‘bacteria’, ‘UV’, ‘black light’ and you’ll see what I mean. A disturbing trend is the promotion of fluorescence under …

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May 30 2014

75% of Honey is ‘Fake’?

Since I last wrote about bees I was pointed at this article claiming “Shock finding: More than 75 per cent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition”. As you may have guessed I couldn’t help but have a look. The central claim is that “the vast majority of so-called …

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