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February 17th, 2004 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Feb. 17th, 2004

12:49 am - I, for one, welcome our new...

...dancing robot masters?

Sony's new QRIO robot. (Windows Media File)

06:43 pm - Shower curtains packed with bacteria...

...from the Things You Wish You Didn't Know Departmnet:

http://www.nature.com/nsu/040216/040216-2.html

Biohazard lurks in bathrooms


Shower curtains awash with potentially harmful bacteria.
16 February 2004

Peter Aldhous

Soap scum is home to opportunistic pathogens.

If you don't scrub your shower curtain, you're asking for trouble. These plastic sheets are flooded with bacteria that can cause nasty infections says Norman Pace, a microbiologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Pace has long been interested in the microbial communities that live all around us, and one day decided to examine the soapy film that covered his shower curtain. "I scraped a little bit of soap scum, put it under the microscope and went: 'Wooah!'" he says. The sample teemed with bacterial life.

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