Bacteria and Zits
Week of March 24

Forehead with acneOne reason I’m glad for my age is I don’t have to worry about acne anymore. Ugh. Man, those years were the worst, and some adults continue to deal with pimples! People may find it surprising that we don’t fully understand the causes of acne. One new study suggests a harmless bacterium may be responsible.

It’s called Proprionibacterium acnes and it can get trapped deeply inside the airless, oily conditions of a hair follicle. In that airless environment, P. acnes converts an oily substance in the follicle, called sebum, into fatty acids... More »

Lifesaving Drones
Week of March 17

Image of drone carrying packageDave: Norbert, we may think it’s cool to get our pizza delivered by a drone, but it just pales next to what one company is doing in Africa. These guys are delivering lifesaving medical supplies to remote regions in Africa. Wow.

Norbert: I know! It’s a California robotics firm called Zipline and these drones can zip along at one hundred eighty miles an hour... More »


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