Disturbing images reveal bacteria flying out of the toilet when you flush

A new study shows you should put down the toilet lid when flushing to avoid coronavirus and other illnesses.

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  • Slow-motion images show thousands of small droplets and aerosol particles flying up from a toilet during flushing.
  • The bacteria in these particles can contain coronavirus and other illnesses.
  • Closing the lid while flushing can prevent the germs from hitting your body or face.
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6 things science is revealing about your skin and hygiene

Unfortunately, "less is better" is not a catchy marketing slogan.

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  • For his new book, "Clean: The New Science of Skin," physician James Hamblin didn't shower for five years.
  • Soap is a relatively simple concoction; you're mostly paying for marketing and scent.
  • While hygiene is important, especially during a pandemic, Hamblin argues that we're cleaning too much.
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Are you wearing deodorant while sheltering at home?

Humans are woefully unaware of their olfactory sense. That's the reality we've been sold.

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  • Scent provides valuable information about personality traits and attractiveness.
  • Since the 1920s, companies have made us anxious about our odor in order to sell us their products.
  • Our disdain of personal smell is related to our fear of aging and death.
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