This Week in Science (May 1 – 8)

May 8, 2016

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5 comments on “This Week in Science (May 1 – 8)

  • Thank you for the interesting reading material. I found a nice surprise in one article (Earth may be home to one trillion species). At the end it noted three format (MLA, APA, Chicago) examples, how to cite web material. 🙂

    Aside, but related to tiny microscopic life forms, I recently read something about mite research and some new discoveries being made in the field. Borrowing ideas about human gut microbiota associated with health and disease, and fecal transplantation to treat certain digestive diseases when gut bacteria flora are way out of balance or become pathogenic, what if there are some types of disease that are due to an imbalance in a person’s mite fauna, or a particularly aggressive mite, or a mite population hosting an opportunistic bacteria that might affect hearing (tinnitus), eyes (meibomianitis), dandruff, itching, etc.? I haven’t looked into this yet, to see what prior research there is on mites and disease, but I will check around, with especial interest for studies that have modeled mite types and their ratios within a human test groups, and then bacteria on these mites. Could it be that mite transplants might help people? Maybe folks exposed to certain animals/pets or gardening/travel habits have unknown benefits and/or drawbacks due to being exposed to various mites? Maybe a human study, with a test and control group, demonstrates they have more or less the same mite fauna, but discovers that the bacteria found on the critters is different, between the test and control.

    A few months ago I read something about soil bacteria and their benefits for brain cell regeneration, but I can’t remember much . . . other than the piece suggested that frequent exposure to soil microbes seems to slightly affect cell behavior in a mammal’s brain.

    Found this, about mites, in haste.

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    Undoubtedly so, but having had cell phones come of age when I lived in the Bay Area lead me to believe they caused greater damage than mere brain cancer. Listening to some self centered, self important yuppie yell into one of theses phones while trapped on a BART car ( it’s not a tin can on a string people! ) about absolutely nothing intelligible ( one side of a conversation never is ) lead me to the conclusion that cell phones caused brain death.

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