September 20th Edition
Probiotics May Help Manage Childhood Obesity
Study shows weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity and reduced E. coli concentrations in kids
Probiotics May Help Manage Childhood Obesity, Study FindsMore than 340 million children and adolescents, globally, were overweight or obese in 2016, meaning they're at greater risk for obesity and disease later in life, and even early death.
What Is Hard Kombucha, And Is It Healthy? Here's What Nutritionists SayHard kombuchas are super trendy, but is the buzzy beverage actually good for you? Here's how it stacks up nutritionally.
How to Stop the SuperbugsAntibiotic-resistant bacteria could cause the next pandemic. Doctors need tools to fight them.
These Running Shoes Are Designed To Be 100% RecycledWhen a new running shoe from the French company Salomon wears out, every single part of it can be reused.
The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds Of Years Old And Makes Its Own MucusThis rare variety of corn has evolved a way to make its own nitrogen, which could revolutionize farming.
September 6th Edition
Ball of Bacteria Survived for 3 Years ... in Space!
It’s good news for proponents of panspermia, a theory that life is seeded throughout the galaxy by microbes riding on space rocks.
A Ball of Bacteria Survived for 3 Years ... in Space!New research from the Japanese Tanpopo mission adds to scientists' understanding of how living organisms can endure the hostile environment.
Almonds Are Out. Dairy Is a Disaster. So What Milk Should We Drink?A glass of dairy milk produces almost three times more greenhouse gas than any plant-based milk. But vegan options have drawbacks of their own.
Big Oil’s Hopes are Pinned on Plastics. It Won’t End WellThe industry’s only real source of growth probably won’t grow much.
What to Plant in SeptemberHere’s what to plant before the season’s over!
Why Is It Illegal to Walk Freely in Most of the US?Many places in Europe allow walking wherever one’s feet takes them, regardless of private property. In the US? Not so much.
August 30th Edition
Smog Towers That Make Diamonds
The air around the tower is 55 to 75 percent cleaner than the rest of the city
This Tower Sucks Up Smog And Turns It Into DiamondsIn one of the world’s most polluted cities, there’s a futuristic tower that sucks up smog, turns it into clean air, and filters out the smog particles so they can be turned into diamonds.
How One Lab Is Turning Algae Into Flip-Flops—And Taking On Big Plastic In The ProcessTraditional plastic is terrible for the environment. This biodegradable plastic could be a solution.
Poor Neighborhoods Feel Brunt Of Rising Heat. Cities Are Mapping Them To Bring ReliefThis summer volunteers are fanning out in 13 cities across the U.S. to — quite literally — take the temperature of their neighborhoods.
Solar Panels Are Starting to Die, Leaving Behind Toxic TrashPhotovoltaic panels are a boon for clean energy but are tricky to recycle. As the oldest ones expire, get ready for a solar e-waste glut.
What Does Boredom Do to Us—and for Us?Humans have been getting bored for centuries, if not millennia. Now there’s a whole field to study the sensation, at a time when it may be more rampant than ever.
August 23rd Edition
Amsterdam's Answer to 'Wild Peeing' Problem
Thanks to ‘GreenPees’ there was a 50% reduction in public urination
These Planter-Like Urinals Are Amsterdam's Answer To The Problem Of 'Wild Peeing'The city of Amsterdam is going green in an attempt to combat an age-old problem -- public urination.
In Cities and Farms, Disease-Carrying Animals ThriveWhen humans dominate wild land, disease-carrying animals take over and biodiversity suffers
Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to DieWhich is too bad because we really need to understand how the immune system reacts to the coronavirus.
What Causes Bacterial Vaginosis?Normally, when bacteria are spoken about in relation to health it’s presented as a negative thing.
Inventing New Tools To Peer Into The Gastrointestinal TractNew sensors can reveal therapeutic targets, impact of probiotics
August 16th Edition
Team Lavender or Team Lemongrass?
Pick your probiotic team for a spectacular clean
The Secret to Deep CleaningIf you’ve been cooped up at home for a couple of months, it’s time to clean house — and not in a superficial way. Here’s how the pros do it.
39 Ways to Your Deepest Clean Yet: The Ultimate Fall Cleaning ChecklistFireplaces, blankets, warm drinks… There is no doubt fall is the beginning of the home-y season.
If You Only Have One Exercise In Your Routine, Make It One Of TheseFitness pros share the workouts and moves they would do every day if they could.
Newly Identified Gut Cells Nurture Lymph CapillariesUnderstanding the mechanisms that impair lymphatics growth and fat digestion in the small intestine still poorly understood.
August 9th Edition
Meet the Psychobiome Gut Bacteria that Alter How You Think Feel and Act
Gut bacteria can make and use nutrients and other molecules in ways the human body can’t
Meet The ‘psychobiome’: The Gut Bacteria That May Alter How You Think, Feel, and ActKatya Gavrish is searching for new brain drugs in a seemingly unlikely place: human stool samples.
Which Bacteria Truly Qualify As Probiotics?Today, the word probiotic is used to describe all kinds of “good” microorganisms in foods and supplements.
The Emotionally Intelligent Way To Cope With Pandemic StressThinking in terms of a journey rather than a destination can help virus survivors and healthcare providers cope with post-traumatic stress.
Windows-Down Driving Dramatically Increases Exposure To Air PollutionThis is just another example of how being poor can be really bad for your health.
Stop Tossing Your Banana Peel on the TrailThat "organic litter" you just threw? It'll still be around in a year.
August 2nd Edition
Microbiome-friendly Probiotic Cleaners
For a safe, natural, microscopic-level clean
Ancient Microbes in the "Deadest" Part of Earth Redifine Boundaries of LifeImagine you're running a 5K race — but instead of a route that loops, you run the distance in a straight line from start to finish.
1,000-Year-Old Medieval Remedy Could Be Potential Antibiotic, Scientists SayAntibiotic resistance is real. In the years to come, we may no longer be able to treat and cure many of the infections we once could as bacteria outsmart our most sophisticated drugs.
These 4 Covid-19 Vaccines Are Closest to Becoming RealityThere are hundreds of trials currently in the works. Here’s everything you need to know about the ones edging ahead in the global race.
Is Recycling Broken? Don’t Toss It Out Yet, Say Insiders.Up the hill from Kevin Roche’s office, trash trucks clank and grind into a gaping warehouse, disgorging to conveyor belts the flotsam of modern households: bottles drunk, papers crumpled, plastic wrappers tossed, laundry cartons drained.
July 19th Edition
During Quarantine What Happens to Your Microbiome?
Without direct contact with others your microbiome will change.
What Quarantine Is Doing to Your Body’s Wondrous World of BacteriaThe germs, fungi and mites that grow on our hands, face, armpits and elsewhere have become stranded during the age of social distancing.
How Antibiotics And A High-Fat Diet Can Drive Gut InflammationRobust new research is suggesting a high-fat diet and antibiotic use work together synergistically to promote the type of gut microbiome imbalance that can lead to bowel inflammation.
How To Feed The World Without Destroying The PlanetThe world’s population will hit 10 billion in 2050. A new report offers solutions for how more food can be grown sustainably.
You May Be Using Hand Sanitizer All WrongQuickly squirting it into your hands isn't effective against COVID-19.
The Microbes In Your Gut Could Predict Whether You’re Likely To Die In The Next 15 YearsThe microbes in our guts have been linked to everything from arthritis to autism. Now, scientists say they can even tell us about our future health.
July 12th Edition
Probiotics Relieve Depression
New review of medical literature suggests that probiotics could help ease depression
Can probiotics help with depression? New research suggests a linkA gut-wrenching experience. Butterflies in your stomach.
Blood from fit mice bestows brain benefits of exerciseWorkouts rejuvenate the brains of old mice — but so does plasma from well-conditioned rodents.
Probiotic Bifidobacterium breve in Improving Cognitive Functions of Older Adults with Suspected Mild Cognitive ImpairmentProbiotics use has been associated with modulation of inflammation and considered as a possible intervention for CNS diseases such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia.
Could Manipulating the Microbiome of Artworks Prevent Their Decay?Treating the microbial community residing on a painting with probiotics may offer a way to stave off biodegradation, a study suggests.
82 Healthy Summer Recipes to Make Over and Over AgainThese healthy recipes are our song of the summer.
July 5th Edition
Are Solar Farms the Clean Energy We Need?
The fierce fight over the use of public lands grows in intensity.
Can solar farms and wild places coexist in the American West?My first impression of the Desert Sunlight solar farm was that it was staggeringly big.
The Accidental Invention of the Slip ‘N SlideA young boy’s summer antics 60 years ago inspired his father to create the timeless backyard water toy.
Your Firework Smoke Could Be Tainted With LeadIt may be the most unpatriotic toxicology study ever, but so be it: Metals give fireworks their color, but some manufacturers are slipping in toxins.
What to Plant in July (Because It’s Not too Late to Start Gardening)As the steamy month of July begins, a lot of gardeners concentrate their efforts on caring for and maintaining their existing gardens—not adding more plants.
The Not-So-Simple LifeThe farm-to-table frenzy has thousands of urbanites trading in their desks for the idylls of agriculture. But one eager young couple learns the hard way that organic utopia is easier dreamed than achieved.
June 28st Edition
Create a More Sustainable Home + Composting with Kids
CEO Matt Wood shares his best tips with Modern Wellness Guide
CEO Matt Wood sits down with Modern Wellness Guide to share his best tips for building a more sustainable home. Learn how to avoid the overwhelm, take the actions that have the most impact on your health and the planet’s, and include your kids as part of the process.
How You Can Make a More Sustainable Home Through CompostingMatt Wood, founder and CEO of SCD Probiotics, discusses the benefits of composting in making a green home.
Mandatory Composting in New York? It Could HappenA proposal would make organic waste recycling available to all, then eventually require it. Critics say it would be expensive.
Biologists Are Somehow Discovering A Ton Of New Species In QuarantineBiologists: They’re just like us. Like everyone else, they’ve had to work from home during the ongoing global pandemic.
This Coronavirus Doesn't Change Quickly, And That's Good News For Vaccine MakersScientists are monitoring the virus that causes COVID-19 for genetic changes that could make a vaccine ineffective. But so far, they're not seeing any.
Gyms Reopening May Not Facilitate Coronavirus Infections, Study FindsSeveral European countries that allowed fitness facilities to reopen haven’t reported any associated uptick in Covid-19 cases.
June 21st Edition
Should COVID Patients Be Given Probiotics?
These researchers found COVID-19 patients suffer prolonged Gut Dysbiosis
How Covid-19, Gut Microbiota, Lung Immunity, And Probiotics InteractGut dysbiosis is linked to poor Covid-19 outcome and virus clearance and is prolonged after recovery.
How Some Probiotic Scientists Are Working To Address COVID-19With the global spread of COVID-19, the scientific community has experienced an unusual interruption.
Ancient Bones Offer Clues To How Long Ago Humans Cared For The VulnerableGeneticists have discovered that a baby buried almost 4,000 years ago had the extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome by analyzing DNA preserved in his skeleton.
These Bacteria Ate Their Way Through A Really Tricky MazeMicrobes are well known for working together in stressful environments. Scientists wanted to see how they would fare at a labyrinthine brain teaser.
Our Masked FutureWearing a mask all the time affects how we interact with each other. But how?
June 14th Edition
Turning Bottles Into Face Shields
Plastic recyclers in Uganda pivot to respond to the pandemic
This Ugandan Startup Turns Plastic Waste Into Construction Materials And COVID Face ShieldsTakataka Plastics is trying to build a local market for recycling—and has quickly pivoted to pandemic response.
Farmers Find Ways To Save Millions Of Pigs From Being EuthanizedA month ago, America's pork farmers were in crisis. About 40 percent of the country's pork plants were shut down because they had become hot spots of coronavirus infection.
The Dirty History of SoapToday, soap is an integral part of keeping clean. But in the past, people relied on earlier forms of soap more for cleaning objects than for personal hygiene.
10,000 Steps a Day Is a Myth. The Number to Stay Healthy Is Far Lower.While the target has become a default goal for fitness trackers, significant health benefits accrue at much lower levels
A Probiotic for CoralsMarine researchers at the University of Hawaii and San Diego State University are studying the use of coral probiotics, much like human probiotics, to help coral reefs in their microscopic battles for health.
June 7th Edition
Jazz Hands, Peace Signs, Air High-fives, and Finger Guns
How greetings are going germ-free in the virus age
No-Touch Greetings Take Off: People Are Getting Creative About Saying 'Hi'The way the world says hello is changing. Quickly.
This Japanese Aquarium Wants You Fo FaceTime Its Shy EelsWith much of the world's human population stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, one Japanese aquarium is exploring a new way to ensure its inhabitants don't get too used to the peace and quiet.
Does The Placenta Have A Bacterial Microbiome?A few years ago, the medical community was in a bit of a tizzy over a scientific report that the human placenta has its own microbiome–a complex mixture of bacteria that maybe, just maybe, affected the health of newborn babies.
With Trails Opening, Is It Safe—Or Ethical—To Go Hiking This summer?As national parks and forests begin welcoming visitors, some backcountry resort communities are bracing for increased coronavirus exposure.
'Dead' Probiotic Bacteria Could Help Ease Irritable BowelProbiotic supplements containing "killed" bacteria might help some people with irritable bowel syndrome find relief, a new study suggests.
May 31th Edition
The Virus That Changed Everything
The crisis is compressing and accelerating trends that would have taken decades to play out
Our Economy Was Just Blasted Years Into the FutureThe crisis is compressing and accelerating trends that would have taken decades to play out
It's Time For A Fashion Industry ResetBritish and American fashion councils are both calling for a slower style of business.
Bumblebees Bite Plants To Make Them Flower Early, Surprising ScientistsHow it actually works remains a mystery, but if replicated by humans, it could be a boon for agriculture.
Secrets Of The Soil: A Newly Discovered Microbe Builds Understanding Of Soil EcosystemsIn the words of Franklin D Roosevelt, ‘A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.’ Soils harbour a complex diversity of microbes that cycle atmospheric carbon and nutrients to support plant growth.
Wait, So How Much of the Ocean Is Actually Fished?One prominent study said 55 percent, its critics say 4 percent, and they both used the same data.
May 24th Edition
Could Gut Microbes Solve Food Allergies?
Some Researchers Think Your Microbiome is the Key to Your Immunity
Could Gut Microbes Be Key To Solving Food Allergies?New therapeutics are testing whether protective bacteria can dampen harmful immune responses to food.
Inside Earth, Microbes Approach ImmortalityMostly dead is slightly alive
The Microbes That Live With Us From Cradle To GraveInside your body there are trillions of microscopic organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea - collectively known as the microbiota.
Statin Drugs Might Boost Healthy Gut MicrobesAn analysis of faecal samples reveals that obese people who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have a ‘healthier’ community of gut microorganisms than would be expected.
Neuroscience Says Doing This 1 Thing Makes You Just as Happy as Eating 2,000 Chocolate BarsIt also gives you the same neurological boost as receiving $25,000.
May 17th Edition
Dogs Roam the Streets and Rhinos Are At Risk
How are animals faring during coronavirus lockdowns
The Coronavirus Lockdown Is A Threat For Many Animals, Not A BlessingYou may have seen recent videos of goats roaming an empty town. But for more vulnerable species, like rhinos, this shutdown poses a great danger.
'The Call Has Been Answered': Animal Shelters Across The U.S. Are Emptying Amid Coronavirus PandemicPeople forced to wait out coronavirus at home are adopting and fostering shelter dogs and cats to keep them company. The shelters are thrilled.
Amid The World’s Strictest Lockdown, People Who Feed Stray Dogs Are Now Deemed EssentialMillions of India's street animals—including monkeys and cows—are going hungry, but Good Samaritans are venturing outside during the pandemic to feed them.
Fruit Flies Farm Their Own ProbioticsThe role of the microbiome is increasingly recognized as part of wellbeing. The most diverse and significant bacteria community is located in the intestines.
Can We Survive Extreme Heat?Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come.
May 10th Edition
Probiotics Could Replace Disinfectants in Hospitals, Reducing Pathogens Naturally
New Italian research shows probiotic cleaners out-perform bleach
Recent research has shown that rather than eliminating all the microbes, it can be more advantageous and effective to replace ‘bad’ microbes with ‘good’ ones to preserve health. There is potential for probiotic cleaners to do just that in hospitals, schools, and homes. New research out of Italy shows an 83% reduction in surface pathogens such as Staphylococcus spp., Enterobacteriaceae spp., Acinetobacter spp., Mycetes, Pseudomonas spp., Clostridium difficile when using a probiotic cleaner containing Bacillus spp compared to chemical-based cleaning strategies such as bleach. Additionally, the probiotic-based cleansing system demonstrated little to no impact on worsening the risk of antibiotic resistance, which is a common issue associated with chemical-based cleansers.
Introducing our new Probiotic All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate. A little of this sustainable concentrate goes a long way because its hard-working probiotics + postbiotics do the dirty work of cleaning for you. They break down and eat up grime, dirt, and odors—leaving behind a microscopic clean and the light, natural scent of essential oils.
Hospital-acquired infections: could probiotics and phages replace disinfectants?Combining probiotics with bacteriophages could improve hospital sanitation practices by eliminating drug-resistant pathogens.
Probiotic-Based Sanitation Reduces Hospital Infections Better Than ChlorineThe Probiotic Cleaning Hygiene System (PCHS), a microbial-based decontamination strategy which is comprised of detergents that contain spores of Bacillus probiotics...
Environmental Probiotics: Creating Healthy Indoor WorkspacesIn a separate study, a probiotics system was installed at eight strategic zones (including a sitting room, recovery room, and waiting room) within a medical center in Israel.
Moms: Your Kids Hijacked Your Brain for LifeOne day, a woman is spending her Saturdays doing her normal Saturday stuff—blueberry pancake brunch, curling up on the couch with the cat reading a novel, grabbing a beer with friends.
May 3rd Edition
SCD Probiotics Turns 22, Plus Quarantine Camping
How to Enjoy Summer Without Traveling Anywhere
SCD Probiotics Celebrates 2 Decades
We are 22 years old this week! And more grateful than ever for the support throughout this 2 decade+ journey.
SCD Probiotics was founded in 1998, with a mission to create products that not only replace the toxic chemicals in our lives, but help undo their damage as well—using the power of probiotics to restore health and balance to our soil, our food, our bodies, our homes, and our planet. When you choose SCD Probiotics, you’re joining our call to a healthy, probiotic revolution for all.
And we’re so happy to have you with us! We’ve achieved some incredible things on our way to this birthday. Here are just a few of our favorite moments:
- Building an incredible global community
- The first time we cultured and banked our own microbes
- Launching Proviera to replace leather tanning chemicals with our probiotic biochemicals
- Receiving the Missouri Governor’s Award for Exporter of the Year
- Gathering with so many of our partners to share knowledge and success at our 1st international probiotics conference
We can’t wait to keep spreading this probiotic revolution with you all! Looking forward to 22 more
Are We On The Verge Of Camping's Golden Age?It's a form of travel that is socially distant, cheap, and well-ventilated. Travel will look different once this pandemic concludes.
Throw Your Kids A Quarantine CampoutSet up a tent, turn off your screens, and enjoy some family bonding—without leaving home.
Our Pandemic SummerThe fight against the coronavirus won’t be over when the U.S. reopens. Here’s how the nation must prepare itself.
If You’re Trying To Decide What Food To Grow Yourself, Here Are 8 Places To StartI don’t love gardening. I know some people find it therapeutic, or at least relaxing.
April 26th Edition
How Farmers Are Faring Amid Coronavirus
Farms are considered essential businesses but those that grow higher-value, specialized crops face a number of hurdles.
The Effects Of COVID-19 Will Ripple Through Food SystemsStaple crops are likely to be less affected by measures to control the virus, but farmers growing more specialized ones could feel the pinch.
Trouble In Farm Country Because Of Covid-19Recognition of the Covid-19 threat to the food supply and its workers has followed a peculiar sequence -- from table to farm.
The Yeast Supply Chain Can’t Just Activate ItselfThere’s a reason the ingredient is still missing from stores.
The World’s Oldest Leavened Bread Is Rising AgainThis is the story behind the breads you might be baking in lockdown.
‘Zoom Fatigue’ Is Taxing The Brain. Here's Why That Happens.Video calls seemed an elegant solution to remote work, but they wear on the psyche in complicated ways.
April 19th Edition
Sourdough Libraries and Microbe Catalogs
Take a peek at some of the biggest bacteria collections around
At the Sourdough Library, With Some Very Old MothersIn these housebound times, Americans have gone stark baking mad. Shut-ins are channeling their anxieties into pandemic pastries and quarantine cookies, some with icing piped in the shape of surgical masks, others frosted with the face of Dr. Anthony Fauci. Baking essentials such as yeast and flour are in short supply, and Google searches for bread recipes are on the rise, so to speak.
Engineered Virus Might Be Able to Block Coronavirus Infections, Mouse Study ShowsNo vaccines exist that protect people against infections by coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, or the ones that cause SARS and MERS.
Slideshow: Scads of Microbes Now Stored at ScrippsAfter the Scripps Research Institute in Florida had new facilities installed to accommodate a massive microbial biobank it inherited from Pfizer, chemist Ben Shen eagerly welcomed the resource.
Scientists Discover Plastic-Munching Microbe in Waste SiteThe bacterial strain can break down some of the toxic components of polyurethane plastic
Why Boredom Affects Us So MuchIf being isolated at home is starting to feel like your own personal prison, it’s because tedium is also used as a severe form of carceral punishment.
April 12th Edition
Probiotic Biochemicals are Reducing Leather’s Synthetic Chemical Use
In the leather industry, petrochemicals are used heavily—but groundbreaking renewable biochemicals like Proviera’s can lead the way for the industry to “decarbonize.”
Proviera at the Forefront of Chemical Industry DecarbonizationProviera’s groundbreaking biotechnology was featured in a recent International Leather Maker (ILM) webinar on bio-based chemicals for the leather industry. The overall chemical industry currently emits 7% of global greenhouse gases (GHG)—and is currently on track to continue to rise. Proviera’s renewable, probiotic biochemicals are at the forefront of enabling the leather industry to not only “decarbonize” by replacing some of the synthetic chemicals currently used, but also significantly reduce the amount of wastewater produced.
Coronavirus: Known COVID-19 Symptoms, How To Respond, And How To Support Your Immune System NatuallyNew research is emerging that shows while dry chest cough, fever, and shortness of breath remain the primary COVID-19 symptoms, there are other telltale symptoms as well—including digestive and stomach upset symptoms that were seen in over half of the cases in a newly-released study of China’s earliest 200 patients. Find out what you need to know about these new known symptoms, as well as advice for managing these symptoms.
Why Stress-Baking and Cleaning Make You Less AnxiousYou're not the only one who finds #quarantinebaking so soothing. Turns out, it has a lot to do with the neuroscience of mindful meditation. MICAH BUCEY IS surprised by how well guided meditations work over Zoom. Bucey, an associate minister at New York’s Judson Memorial Church, usually leads in-person meditations once a week. But since the coronavirus outbreak, Bucey’s gone digital. “I actually am quite taken by how intimate Zoom feels,” says Bucey, who now leads about 30 participants through guided breathing...
We Can’t Save the Rainforest Without Rainforest Animal PoopLarge, intact forests are crucial for stabilizing the climate. And the fruit-eating, seed-dispersing animals that live there are crucial too.
Detailed Map Shows How Viruses Infect HumansBiologists at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons have leveraged a computational method to map protein-protein...
April 5th Edition
Plant a Victory Garden and Grow Your Own
Fearing shortages, Americans are planting vegetable gardens
Fearing Shortages, People Are Planting More Vegetable GardensPeople still struggle to find food at grocery stores during this pandemic, but Jameson Altott is not as worried. He grows more than half the food for his family from his large garden at home, outside Pittsburgh.
Food Supply Anxiety Brings Back Victory GardensAmericans were once urged to plant in every patch of available soil — and produced about 40 percent of the nation’s fresh vegetables.
Exponential Growth And EpidemicsSome have (quite rightfully) commented on how you shouldn't look at the R^2 of linear regressions on cumulative data since even if the changes...
Carbon Emissions Are Falling Sharply Due To Coronavirus. But Not For Long.CO2 emissions are crashing as the world winds down, but experts say the drop won’t last if governments don’t start moving to cleaner energy.
How Sewage Could Reveal True Scale Of Coronavirus OutbreakWastewater testing could also be used as an early-warning sign if the virus returns. More than a dozen research groups worldwide have started analysing wastewater for the new coronavirus...
March 27th Edition
Spring Cleaning Boosts Your Mood
Research shows that soil bacteria have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties
The Potential Mind-Altering, Life-Extending Benefits Of Spring Cleaning"I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair," sings Nellie, the female lead in the 1958 film version of the classic musical "South Pacific," as she showers her hair squeaky clean.
Your Ultimate Spring-Cleaning ChecklistMartha offers her best advice for achieving a spotless home—and how to keep the process manageable—this spring in beyond.
The Best Places In The U.S. To See Spring’s Migrating BirdsGet out your binoculars—birds are making their annual trek north.
The Reason You’re Exhausted Is ‘Moral Fatigue’Every small decision feels like it carries the weight of life and death — and it’s starting to take a toll
Scientists Say Your “Mind” Isn’t Confined to Your Brain, or Even Your BodyExploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
March 22nd Edition
Stuck at home? Why not plant a garden!
Research shows that soil bacteria have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties
As more and more Americans are home-bound this spring due to social distancing and city lockdowns, many people are focusing on home and garden projects to enrich their time at home. So, if you’ve got the time why not invest in growing your own food or planting a butterfly or bee garden? Research has shown that adding organic matter to the soil is good for your garden but that it may initially reduce the number of beneficial bacteria colonies. So when you prep your spring soil, don’t forget the supplementary microbes!
Planting Calendar: When To Plant VegetablesFind the best dates for planting vegetables and fruit in your garden! Our free planting calendar calculates the best time to start seeds indoors and outdoors, as well as when to plant young plants outside.
Lost In translation: Organic Matter Cuts Plant-Microbe LinksSoil scientists from Cornell and Rice University have dug around and found that although adding carbon organic matter to agricultural fields is usually advantageous, it may muddle the beneficial underground communication between legume plants and microorganisms.
Healthy, Stress-Busting Fat Found Hidden In DirtThirty years after scientists coined the term "hygiene hypothesis" to suggest that increased exposure to microorganisms could benefit health, CU Boulder researchers have identified an anti-inflammatory fat in a soil-dwelling bacterium that may be responsible.
What You Should Know About Your Pets, COVID-19, And Supporting Dog Immune SystemsMost of us consider our pets part of our families, so it makes sense that in the midst of this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we have questions about our pets’ health too—starting with, can dogs get coronavirus? Should I be worried about my pet getting sick or needing quarantine?
How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Affecting CO2 EmissionsReports from Italy detail the grim reality of a nation on lockdown. All businesses but pharmacies and food stores have shut their doors. Airlines are canceling flights, and roadblocks prevent people from leaving or entering some towns.
March 15th Edition
Is Your Soil Alive or Dead? Try the ‘Soil Your Underwear’ Test and Find Out
Bury a pair of cotton underwear and in two weeks you should see this…
Until recently, we didn’t know how much life and activity was present in soil. Scientists and ag experts thought soil was merely made up of minerals and organic matter. But all that is changing. We now realize that the soil microbiome aids in reducing erosion and pollutants and conserving water. And these microbes may also communicate directly with our cells and boost the nutrient content of food. So you may want to bury a pair of underwear in your garden. If nothing happens, you might consider boosting your soil with microbial supplementation.
Uncovering How Microbes In The Soil Influence Our Health And Our FoodWhen Bill Robertson, a soil scientist at the University of Arkansas, wants to check whether a field is healthy, he doesn’t reach for some high-tech gadget. He grabs a pair of men’s 100 percent cotton underwear.
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10 Weird Intensive Gardening Methods That Really WorkThere are so many different ways to garden that it would be hard to even list them all.We put together this grouping of ten different intensive gardening methods that make the most out of your gardening space, so that you can grow the most food possible with the least amount of hassle. Have you tried any of these methods? If so, leave a comment at the bottom and tell us about your results!
The Shortages May Be Worse Than The DiseaseOver the centuries, societies have shown a long history of making the effects of epidemics worse and furthering their own destruction. Every day, new evidence emerges of the havoc that COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is wreaking all around a thoroughly globalized world.
Does The Type Of Soap Or Hand Sanitizer You Use Matter For Coronavirus?Tons of cleaning and sanitization products are selling out amid the COVID-19 outbreak, including hand soap, hand sanitizer, dish soap and cleaning wipes. But which of these products will best help protect you from contracting the novel...
March 8th Edition
Organic waste doesn’t just stink… it’s climate poison.
How one country is composting its way to sustainability
How South Korea Is Composting Its Way To SustainabilityAutomated bins, rooftop farms, and underground mushroom-growing help clean up the mess.
Is A World Without Trash Possible?The vision of a “circular economy”—where we use resources sparingly and recycle endlessly—is inspiring businesses and environmentalists alike. IN AMSTERDAM I met a man who revealed to me the hidden currents of our lives—the massive flows of raw materials and products deployed, to such wonderful and damaging effect, by 7.7 billion...
Food From Thin Air: The Forgotten Space Tech That Could Feed Planet EarthForgotten for half a decade, a microbial recipe for sustaining astronauts on long space missions might not only feed hundreds of millions of hungry people on Earth, but also hold the key to a truly carbon neutral, circular economy.
To Build Rich And Beautiful Soil, Layer Your Yard With Cardboard (Seriously!)Lasagna mulching is kind of a miracle, the closest thing to an easy fix for lousy garden soil, suppressing weeds and rebuilding our disappearing topsoil.
How To Grow Your Own Sponge: LuffaLuffa or Loofah...no matter the spelling, these make the best skin smoothing exfoliators in the shower and natural dish scrubbers in the kitchen! Raise your hand if you believe they come from the sea... No judgement here, most people believe them...
March 1st Edition
The Future is Bright for Vertical Farming
Plus VR for Russian Cows and Mining Plants for Metals
The ways we grow and choose food are changing – the ugly food movement, aquaponics, and vertical farming to name a few. Vertical farming stacks plants vertically in containers or warehouses and is often soilless and involves various techniques, such as hydroponics, which uses mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent; aquaponics, which uses aquatic creatures -- such as fish and snails -- and cultivates plants in water; and aeroponics, which grows plants in the air. There is significant potential for beneficial microbes in all of these soilless environments to improve production and plant health.
Elon Musk's Brother Wants To Transform FarmingPlant-based foods are all the rage right now, and vertical farms are capitalizing on the trend. Vertical farming is an indoor farming method in which crops are grown in stacked layers, often without soil.
How Aquaponics, A.K.A. Fish Poop, Can Grow Food Using Less Water And LandAquaponics is helping farmers figure out how to feed a world population expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050. Today, surrounded by freezing temperatures, thousands of heads of lettuce...
Russian Dairy Farmers Gave Cows VR Goggles With Hopes They Would Be Happier And Make Better MilkThe technology is changing industries that many people had never thought it would, such as, *checks notes*, dairy farming?
Down on the Farm That Harvests Metal From PlantsHyper-accumulating plants thrive in metallic soil that kills other vegetation, and botanists are testing the potential of phytomining. Some of Earth’s plants have fallen in love with metal. With roots that act practically like magnets, these organisms...
Apple, Amazon, And The Rest Of Big Tech All Have A Lot To Learn From The Green New DealIt’s vital to cut carbon emissions. But tech companies have a responsibility to go a lot further than that—and the ability to do so.
February 23rd Edition
Now Trending: Regenerative Agriculture’s Food Revolution
More than just an organic certification, regenerative ag means taking into consideration the long-term health of the soil.
Regenerative Agriculture is a soil-focused farming practice that Whole Foods says is the #1 food trend in 2020. More than just an organic certification, regenerative ag means taking into consideration the long-term health of the soil. And soil health, it turns out, is critically tied to the microbial life contained in it. After decades of soil erosion and depletion, many farmers (and Big Food corporations like General Mills) are taking notice of this movement.
Can Regenerative Agriculture Reverse Climate Change? Big Food Is Banking On It.Regenerative agriculture works to draw carbon out of the atmosphere and into the soil, but there’s an ongoing debate on how much carbon can be stored there and for how long.
Why You Need To Know About Regenerative AgricultureWhy companies as diverse as Patagonia and General Mills are suddenly focused on getting dirty.
To Restore Our Soils, Feed The MicrobesOur soils are in trouble. Over the past century, we’ve abused them with plowing, tilling and too...
Farmers Could Help Solve The Climate Crisis—We Just Don’t Invest In ThemWhen the first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) land use report was released by the United Nations in 2000, cities like Copenhagen and countries like Costa Rica did not have public...
Is A Diet That's Healthy For Us Also Better For The Planet? Most Of The Time, YesAlmonds and other nuts are often touted as healthy snacks, because they can help you maintain a healthy weight and are linked to a lower risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
February 16th Edition
More Than Just A Carnival Trick: Researchers Can Guess Your Age Based On Your MicrobesOur microbiomes—the complex communities of microbes that live in, on and around us—are influenced by our diets, habits, environments and genes, and are known to change with age.
Scientists Find A Possible Link Between Gut Bacteria And DepressionA new study identifies bacteria in the microbiome that could produce neurotransmitters and potentially influence activity in the brain...
The Surprising Way Your Brain And Gut Are ConnectedCan your microbiome affect your risk of mental illness? Experts weigh in. These days, it feels like everyone and their mom takes probiotics for digestive...
Can The Gut Microbiome Unlock The Secrets Of Aging?A new study has shown how the gut microbiota of older mice can promote neural growth in young mice, leading to promising developments...
Can Disease-Sniffing Dogs Save the World’s Citrus?Once trained, canines can detect citrus greening disease earlier and more accurately than current diagnostics
February 9th Edition
Coronavirus May Transmit Via Digestive Tract
Your microbiome plays a big part in your resistance to viruses -- so does hand-washing.
Coronavirus May Transmit Along Fecal-Oral Route, Xinhua ReportsThe coronavirus that’s infected more than 14,000 people in two dozen countries may be transmitted through the digestive tract, Chinese state media reported.
How Certain Bacteria Protect Us Against FluA new study brings us closer to an anti-flu probiotic pill. By subtly altering the bacteria in our nose...
20 Seconds To Optimize Hand WellnessOne of the world’s most crucial and selfless acts is still simply washing your hands.
16 Chicken Soups That Push the Envelopeet's face it: It's really hard to not like chicken noodle soup; it's really hard not to crave it when the tips of our noses start to get cold outside, when we're feeling tired and sniffly, when we're...
The Mammals That Most Freely Share Dangerous Microbes With HumansScientists identify two primate species as hosts of a high number of pathogens that can jump to Homo sapiens.
February 2nd Edition
Digestion Slows in the Winter 🧥
What You Can Do To Keep Things Moving - Winter Gut Health Issue
As we crawl into February, there's no mistaking it: were in the throes of winter now, with its short, grey days, freezing temperatures, dry skin, and sniffles. Everything feels a little slower-from time to, yep, digestion. This week we take a look at how to keep those moving by examining emerging connections between diet and gut health, as well as winter's best offerings to both delight in the food of the season and keep your gut healthy.