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Bacteria in faeces and sewage found in bottled water by Malaysian brand Starfresh

Consuming water with the bacteria can lead to infections - and in rare cases, serious illnesses.

6 gross reasons why you should wash your hands more often

We touch our faces many times a day, so whatever is on your hands has a chance of making its way into your system and making you ill.
UBiome founders Zac Apte and Jessica Richman

uBiome’s founder repeatedly presented herself as years younger than she was, in the latest sign of trouble at the embattled $600 million poop-te...

Cofounder Jessica Richman presented herself as years younger than she was, in an apparent effort to be included in articles showcasing young founders.
A contract worker rakes oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off a beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Oil-eating microbes found in the deepest part of the ocean could help clean up man-made oil spills

Scientists found oil-eating bacteria in the deepest part of the Mariana Trench. These microbes could help clean up oil spills on the ocean surface.
Mitt Romney celebrating a reporter's birthday on a plane.

People were confused by Mitt Romney’s method for blowing out candles on a birthday cake, but science says he might be onto something

Scientific research has shown that blowing out candles on a birthday cake can increase bacteria by 1400%.
Bill Gates speaking at an event in Washington, 2014.

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and other billionaires are betting on a bacteria that could change the way we grow food

An energy startup called Pivot Bio raised $70 million for its genetically modified bacteria, which helps cut down on the use of nitrogen fertilizer.

Scientists say toxic bacteria that could lead to wound infections and gastroenteritis were found on microplastics on Singapore’s coastline

All of these bacteria may be transferred up the food chain – to humans – if they are ingested by marine organisms.
Some everyday things have lots of bacteria.

10 everyday items that are crawling in bacteria

It may not be pretty to think about, but a ton of the things you touch every day are crawling with bacteria.
Some foods will only last a few hours at most at room temperature.

Here’s how long food can be left out at room temperature

It turns out, food left at room temperature doesn't stay good for long. In fact, it probably becomes inedible far quicker than you realized.

One of the world’s largest banks has issued an alarming warning about antibiotic resistance — with big consequences for humanity

The use of antibiotics in meat production and other forms of agriculture could lead to antibiotic resistance, which is expected to cause 10 million deaths annually by 2050.