Science News: 9/10/13

Some of the greatest videos you will ever watch are in this week’s edition of science news (and only one of them will make you feel dirty). Plus, we’ve got the latest news from Mars, volcanoes in unexpected places, and P-Mag readers will be excited to learn the identity of the “best living science communicator.” (Spoiler alert — he’s also damn smexy!) Read More Science News: 9/10/13

Open Letter to People Who Pee on Toilet Seats

Dear Inconsiderate Pissers,

This week I have sat on no fewer than five toilets covered in pee in train stations, mall bathrooms, airports, and in restaurants. It seems that everywhere I go, one of you has left me a present to marinate my butt in. Well, I’m tired of cleaning up other people’s piss. Read More Open Letter to People Who Pee on Toilet Seats

What a Batch of Kombucha Can Do For You (and How to “Start” Your Own)

When I was younger, I would often hang out with some kids from the nature center where I volunteered. Being around a family of ethically sensitive hippie types in Southeastern Oklahoma was a bit like heaven for me, but I never did understand the stinky and frankly startling brew the family drank everyday. Until now! Read More What a Batch of Kombucha Can Do For You (and How to “Start” Your Own)

Arsenic and Losing Face

Scientists are all in a tizzy over the so-called arsenic-based bacteria NASA claims to have found in California’s Mono Lake (which Sara B. briefed us on earlier in the week), and those of us hoping for reassurance that we are not alone may have to take comfort in our well-worn E.T. VHS and our Aliens versus Predator comics. It would appear, based on the criticism of well-known biologists in America and Canada, that several flaws undermine the validity of the study, which is unlikely to stand the test of time and further exploration. Read More Arsenic and Losing Face