Nerdy deeds, done dirt cheap.

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Bacteria have been training at this for a long, long time. I think when a lot of people took antibiotics in the ‘50s and ‘60s, there was a lot of talk then about “miracle drugs” and “wonder drugs” and had we basically pushed back those evolutionary forces, had we essentially found a way to avoid infectious disease. Well, what we’re seeing is this evolutionary process in bacteria. It’s relentless, and what happened here was [that] bacteria learned to basically teach each other to swap these enzymes and help each other learn how to beat back our best antibiotics, our last resort antibiotics didn’t work.


David Hoffman speaks about resistant bacteria and superbugs that antibiotics can’t stop on today’s Fresh Air

Read more interview highlights or hear the full interview here.

(via nprfreshair)

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A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to “debate” on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

A few bad kids ruined it for everyone else. For shame. :(

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Green Lake (Grüner See) in Styria, Austria, is an amazing place. For half of the year, it’s an underwater village with fish swimming through the branches of trees, a floor covered in grass, benches and bridges.

For the other half, it is over ground. In the frozen winter months the area is almost completely dry and is a favorite site for hikers. As the temperature begins to rise in spring, the ice and snow on the mountaintops begins to melt and runs down into the basin of land below. The waters are at their highest in June when it becomes a mecca for divers keen to explore the rare phenomenon.


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