Fascinating and distressing look at cruise ship turnaround

Really interesting and distressing story in the New York Times a few days about: A Luxury Liner Docks and the Countdowns On by Jad Mouawad.  So many parts of this story have microbe-themed angles.  Some interesting tidbits (quoted from the story) A treatment system handles all the wastewater generated by the passengers and crew. That system, which …

The long road from Data to Wisdom, and from DNA to Pathogen

I. Introduction There is an oft-cited hierarchy for data, wherein ideally it should flow: Data –>Information –>Knowledge –>Wisdom (DIKW).  Just because you have data, it takes some processing to get quality information, and even good information is not necessarily knowledge, and knowledge often requires context or application to become wisdom. For example, you could have …

Some News Stories on Recent Microbiology of the Built Environment papers

Just a quick link fest here.  Lots of buzz going around about various microbiology of the built environment papers.  Here are some news stories / blog posts of relevance: Brooke Borel at PopSci: Building Design Influences Bacterial Growth | Popular Science. Me on microBEnet: Studying — not wantonly killing — the microbes around us and the rise …

Fun with Google News Archive: Early article on discovery of bacterial cause of “Legion disease” #microBEnet

Just a quick one here.  The Google News archive has all sorts of interesting stuff in there.  Much of it is not fully free / in the open but it is still interesting.  For example, – check out this article reporting the first association of a bacterial association with “Legion disease”: St. Petersburg Times – Google …

A great source for news & other info about microbes: Microbe World (though time to get rid of the Beta label)

I had forgotten how great MicrobeWorld was until very recently.  It is a great source of news and other information about microbes.  It collects recommended links from a broad community of registered users.  It posts links to a series of podcasts and other resources.   Plus it has links to a collection of background information articles …