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During every 10-second French kiss, 80 million bacteria are transferred. — The next time you're swapping saliva with your significant other, think about this: you're probably swapping more than just saliva. According to this study, the microbes in your mouth can get transferred between you and your partner when you kiss.
Nov 22, 2014

A 10 second intimate kiss may lead to an average total bacterial transfer of 80 million:…

Termite Queen Clones Herself by Making Eggs Impervious to Sperm — Even kings and queens that have six legs and live underground aren't immune to royal machinations. In one Asian termite species, queens choose to shut their mates out of the picture when it's time to breed a successor. They simply clone themselves to make new queens.

Chagas Disease in America: Undiagnosed, Unappreciated — Chagas disease, caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, continues to make inroads in the United States and physicians are both unprepared to diagnose and under equipped to treat cases of the disease in their patients. Chagas is a rare disease in the United States and has typically been associated with immigration from Central and South America, where the disease is endemic.

Mongoose Lookouts Carefully Weigh Risks (and Sing While They Do It) — If you were assigned to watch a dozen dwarf mongooses on the savannah, would you know how to keep them safe? Or would half of them get snatched by snakes before you finished checking the dictionary to make sure they weren't really a dozen mon geese?

Bankers' Bad Behavior Is Driven By Workplace Culture — It's been six years since the 2008 financial collapse, and revelations of dirty deeds in the banking industry are still making headlines even today. By one measure financial services is the least trusted sector of the economy the world over, beating even pharmaceutical companies and - gasp! - journalists.

In New York Bay, Humpback Whales Make a Dramatic Comeback — New York City's urban waterways are again becoming home to some residents who haven't been seen for hundreds of years: Humpback whales. A common presence in pre-colonial times, humpbacks vanished from New York's waters as their numbers plummeted globally. But there are signs of a resurgence.