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Fascinating (And Gory) Stories From Science

You can't see them, but they love living on our faces. A microscopic image of a <em>Demodex</em> mite.
You can't see them, but they love living on our faces. A microscopic image of a Demodex mite.

Science has led to amazing accomplishments and knowledge of our world: we can send ships to other planets, we can send each other letters in seconds, we know more about the animals that live on our faces. Didn't see that one coming, did you?

National Geographic has compiled some of the more nausea-inducing aspects of science in a blog known as Gory Details. And now, like any successful blog, it has expanded into book form, still in the hands of science journalist Erika Engelhaupt.

Subjects range from the most painful insect bite to the toxicity of urine in the swimming pool, to the frequence of cannibalism and rough sex in the animal kingdom. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Erika Engelhaupt visits for an overview.

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