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June 23, 2017

Almost every medical or microbe expert in the world will cheerfully tell you the same thing: germs are everywhere, whether you like it or not.

Not that people should be overly concerned about becoming ill. According to Tierno, only about 1 to 2 percent of the 60,000 typ...

June 13, 2017

Americans waste an unfathomable amount of food. In fact, according to a Guardian report released this week, roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away—some 60 million tons (or $160 billion) worth of produce annually, an amount constituting “o...

June 5, 2017

The storm sewer is a system designed to carry rainfall runoff and other drainage. It is not designed to carry sewage or accept hazardous wastes. The runoff is carried in underground pipes or open ditches and discharges untreated into local streams, rivers and other sur...

May 23, 2017

Am I breathing in germs if I'm smelling the garbage in my kitchen garbage can?

Answer by Drew Smith, former R&D director at MicroPhage and SomaLogic, on Quora:

The number of cultivatable bacteria in a typical office environment is about 100 per cubic meter, somewhat lowe...

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