From Gizmodo: DIY Bed Bug Treatment Attempt Accidentally Results in Massive Fire

Bed bugs—the blood-sucking, chitinous nightmares which serve as the clearest proof that if there is a divine creator behind the universe, it hates us—were once nearly eradicated from the U.S. But in recent years they’ve come back worse than ever,…

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From Digital Trends: The space station is about as sanitary as your run-of-the-mill bachelor pad

The International Space Station may be an orbiting laboratory, but new research shows this sprawling complex, riddled with hundreds of microbes, is teeming with life and anything but sanitary.
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From Gizmodo: For Fish Penises, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

When it comes to reproduction, most fish are external fertilizers, crop dusting eggs in a cloud of sperm. But swordtails (Xiphophorus) aren’t like most fish. These fish fertilize eggs internally and “give birthâ€� to live young. To help this whole …

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From Gizmodo: Scientists Added Two New Letters to DNA’s Code

If you’ve taken a science class, you’re likely aware that DNA is the body’s instruction manual. But its language is only written in four letters: A, T, C, and G. Those who paid extra close attention will remember that RNA, the photocopy of the in…

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From GeekWire: Meet the deepest fish in the sea: The Mariana snailfish, identified with UW’s help

Snailfish and crustacean
They look like ghosts of the abyss, but the wispy, pinkish-white, smooth-skinned creatures at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench have a distinction of substance: They’re the deepest fish ever brought up from the deep sea. Now the species known as the Mariana snailfish has its official scientific name: Pseudoliparis swirei, a Latin-inspired designation paying tribute to Herbert Swire, a navigator on the 19th-century expedition that discovered the Mariana Trench. A researcher at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories played a key role in Pseudoliparis swirei’s discovery. UW’s Mackenzie Gerringer is the lead author of a paper… Read More

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