And the Atlantic explores whether health advice on avoiding the cold virus from an old-timey health video holds up today (spoiler alert: sort of).
In microbe news
Both OnEarth and PopSci have stories on antibiotic resistant bacteria that are showing up in crows. This is disconcerting because the resistance appears to be linked to an antibiotic that came from people, and it could be further spread by the birds
Kevin Bonham's Food Matters blog at Scientific American has an interesting two partseries on GMO labeling from a progressive scientist's perspective.
And the Conversation has a lovely post on the story of the cane frog in Australia, which was imported in 1935 to help with pest control but instead became one of the country's most infamous invasive species.
In intriguing controls news
Wired has a story on four cool immunization tools that forgo needles (although the microneedles example seems to be cheating).
In Vietnam, scientists are releasing mosquitoes that have been purposely infected with Wolbachia, a bacteria that prevents the insects from being infected with dengue.
Ed Yong has a post at Not Exactly Rocket Science on a possible new approach for killing bacteria persisters (not to confused with resistant bacteria).
And Amy Maxmen has another great story on malaria in Africa, this time covering a controversial but promising new approach for preventing the disease.
In creepy crawly news
Salon has an interview up with journalist Dana Goodyear and Iron Chef champion Ed Lee where they discuss our inevitable future as insectivores.
Science News has a fascinating story on the necrobiome, or the collection of microbes living in cadavers.
The Atlantic reports that schools aren't sending kids with lice home in order to avoid hurting their feelings.
And finally, here is a truly cringe-worthy story about a scientist who let a sand flea burrow into her foot for two months for science.