Organs to Go, Germs to Keep

17 Little Hearts & the
Wildlife in Your Fridge

While you were arguing about what will finally bring peace to the Middle East, science was busy creating things, discovering stuff, taking care of its business.
So it may be as good a time as any to find out about two radically different directions modern research is taking, both aiming loosely at improving your life twice fold.
We assure you, if these scientists succeed in their quest, you, and the tribes of Libya, and the refugees of Gaza, as well as the job seekers in Atlanta, and the immigrants from Mexico, and pretty much everyone else and their nieces, will have a lot to benefit.
The first time the heart of a human being was implanted into the chest of another was in 1967 in a breakthrough surgery conducted by Dr. Christiaan Barnard.
It may have been the most classic example of the surgery being a complete success, despite the patient dying a short while Continue reading

Don’t Do It, Man

Scientists Knock
Five-Second Rule

This one can be filed under the category, “I told you so,” sub-division, “Things someone probably told me about it but I didn’t care.” Salmonella is faster than the fastest hand picking in the west and, if it’s close enough to touch your dropped crumb of cake on the kitchen’s floor, they’ll be best friends before reaching your month.
In other words, if you drop it, forget about it. Clemson University food scientist Paul Dawson and his students say that a lot of bacteria can live up to four weeks on dry surfaces and be immediately transferred to food.
And no, it doesn’t matter that no one was looking; that old wife tale about a tree falling in the forest is most likely Continue reading