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Sam Westreich, PhD

Why day laborers face a nearly 20% higher mortality, despite using their muscles all day

This man is up on his feet all day, but he’s still unhealthy? Is healthiness just a scam by Bowflex to sell more exercise machines? Photo by Rafael Juárez on Unsplash


And bonus: the effects of depositing nuclear waste into the sun, via rocket

Pictured: the new replacement for your kitchen’s garbage can — just chuck all your garbage right in there, it’s fine! Maybe try not to breathe the fumes. Photo by Toby Elliott on Unsplash


Don’t let this chemical reaction get the better of you in enclosed spaces.

Normally, I just worry about tetanus when handling rusty things. But now, I’m worried about immediate suffocation as well! So many threats in the world. Photo by Zdeněk Macháček on Unsplash

What is rust, anyway?


Can it cure eye infections? Ear infections? Cancer?

“Listen, baby, I’m just keeping you around so I can get that liquid gold out of my body. You need to ease off — when you drink it, you’re cutting into my profits.” Photo by Wesley Tingey on Unsplash


Get ready to see this new pseudoscience on dating profiles and internet comments

Is weightlifting going to make you more “alpha”? Well, no. But it’s good for you so you should do it regardless. Photo by Anastase Maragos on Unsplash

Alpha Males Are Real — But Not In the Way You Think


Popping a probiotic pill could soon help us combat colon cancer.

Instead of taking a drug directly, why not let some friendly little bacteria carry the drugs to the places where they’re needed? Photo by Danilo Alvesd on Unsplash


Here are some flaws with a potential new forensic tool.

I choose to believe that police detectives still look like this. Do you have to bring your own magnifying glass, or does the station supply one to you? Photo by Andres Siimon on Unsplash


Will COVID become a milder flu? Or is it likely to stay deadly?

“Oh, it’s just a mild cough! Definitely not super-COVID.” Photo by Brittany Colette on Unsplash


How “Hibernating Microbiomes” May Help Us Better Manage Insulin

a woman sleeping on a pillow.
a woman sleeping on a pillow.
Let’s be honest here; if I could hibernate, I totally would. That would be some great sleep. See you in three months! Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash


Here’s a hint: dark matter

Alternate answer: you need fancy devices in order to look at them both. Photo by Fallon Michael on Unsplash

Sam Westreich, PhD

PhD in genetics, bioinformatician, scientist at a Silicon Valley startup. Microbiome is the secret of biology that we’ve overlooked.

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