Germs in Space

Word on the scientific street is that germs comeback from space meaner.  Yet, probably have some purpose that we can use on earth, as soon as we have time to study it. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA.

Back on earth, we need to worry about the bacteria living in our ice cubes.  Chicago Sun-Times found that one in every five samples contained high levels of bacteria.

However! Not all bacteria are created equal.  According to Food Consumer It is easier to get sick from them in a few places, like kitchen sinks, airplane bathrooms, a load of web laundry (that’s what it said! web!), bathrooms, public drinking fountains, shopping cart handles, AMT buttons, machines at health clubs office phones and the hotel TV remotes. So be careful about your web laundry and order your drinks with no ice.  And if you travel to outerspace, leave your bacteria at home.
 

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6 Responses to Germs in Space

  1. cynthiacloskey says:

    Jennifer, if I get a cocktail on the rocks, that’s safe, right? Surely the alcohol will kill any germs in the ice cubes….

  2. jennifer400 says:

    Cindy, I believe you are right. Put enough alchohol on a microbe and it’s dividing days are over.
    Now if only we could get alchohol in more beverages our drinks and ice cubes would be safe.

  3. cynthiacloskey says:

    Well, tomorrow is the anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition. That seems like a great day for a little experimentation. 🙂

  4. jennifer400 says:

    Your on! Keep me posted on how it goes. Oh, wait, don’t get sick! I don’t want you to get sick. But if you drink enough how will you know if you’re sick from the alcohol or the bacteria in the ice?

  5. cynthiacloskey says:

    Jennifer, it is because you ask excellent questions like this that you excel in the world of scientific research.

  6. jennifer400 says:

    I’m taking my bow now.
    So how did the drink ( or drinks) on the rocks go?

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