Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.16

The Get this sperm whale a name tag edition

Potentially pathogenic microbes found on orthodontic retainers. It makes me happy I lost mine in the 10th grade. “Our mouths are full of different types of bacteria, some of which promote oral health. However, the researchers were looking for microbes which are not normally found in the oral cavity. They were particularly interested in two species of microbes; Candida, a type of yeast, and Staphylococcus including MRSA. Dr Pratten and his team found that species of these microorganisms were present on 66.7% and 50% of retainers respectively regardless of the retainer type. These microbes were also present on the interior cheeks and tongue of retainer wearers.” (via Physorg.com)

Octavia Butler, remembered (via Jezebel)

Bill proposed to reform U.K. libel laws. (The Guardian)

Sperm whales seem to have “personal identifiers.” I hope they have more time to come to grips with their identities than this sperm whale. (via Gawker)

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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