Charity Gift Wrap Turns Common Germs Into Pwetty Wittle Snowflakes

Homelessness charity St. Mungos has created this charming gift wrap, consisting of three heart-warming snowflake scenes. But they're not snowflakes, they're the cold, influenza and pneumonia viruses, blown up to highlight but three of the problems faced by the homeless in winter. All money goes to charity. Buy here: [Wrap Up Project] Read More >>

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Science Says Not to Wash Your Chicken Before You Cook It

Here's something to bring up the next time you're eating after being a winner winner: you don't actually have to wash the raw chicken with water before you cook it. Read More >>

Your Next Smartphone Screen Will Be Able to Disinfect Itself

Your phone is filthy. Anything that's getting rubbed by your grimy little fingers on a ridiculously regular basis is going to be far from pristine. But Corning can help. Its newest revision of Gorilla Glass is not only ridiculously resilient, it also kills pesky germs all by itself. Read More >>

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These are the Bacteria Lurking on Your Phone

Sure, your phone might look clean, but it isn't really. In fact, it's covered in bacteria—and this image shows how horrible they are. Read More >>

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Why Are Things In Science Always Minimalist, White and Shiny?

Design permeates all aspects of our daily lives, and while most concentrate on high design -- that which makes things pretty, work well, and look awesome -- some design is purely functional, even if it looks sleek and sexy on the surface. Design in science is just like that. Read More >>

How to Safely Eat Fallen Food with the 5-Second Rule

Who among us hasn't quickly reclaimed a floor cookie when no one was looking? If nobody's seen: it didn't happen and it's not dirty. Well, not quite. Read More >>

Posters That React to Being Kissed Are the Worst Idea Ever

Ah, Japan, you crazy-ass country you. As if your advertising wasn't surreal enough already, the advent of posters that react to being kissed has taken things into a whole new league. Read More >>

We're Sending Germs to Mars

What happens when living organisms are bombarded with cosmic radiation for years on end? We don't know, unless comic books are allowed into the discussion. But an upcoming mission will put earthling microbes in the crossfire en route to Mars. Read More >>

Sorry, Freezing Your Jeans Will Not Ungross Them

Your jeans in the freezer: It's a recipe for shrinkage of the worst kind, plus it won't do anything to clean your jeans despite Levi's recommendation to do so. Read More >>


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