Male human head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis.

Technical settings : 
- focus stack of 57 images
- microscope objective (Nikon achromatic 10x 160/0.25) directly on the body (with adapter ~30 mm)

Super Resistant Lice Are Going To Kill Us All

Joline Zepcevski SciTech 2 Comments

Well, we all knew that one day civilization would come to an end. You all had your ideas: zombies, global warming, nuclear attack. But, the real threat has finally revealed itself. Super resistant lice. Just go curl up in a corner and wait for death. Okay, fine, it isn’t the zombie apocalypse, but it might be worse. Scientists have found …

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The Comment Section: A Mobius Strip of Commentary

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Michael Kosta’s new show, The Comment Section (10:30, 9:30c on E!), aired its second episode and we here at Bitter Empire were absolutely right. We love being right. What were we right about you ask? Well, the meta-est show on television was significantly better in its second week. And, hey, we liked it to start with, so go Michael Kosta! Kosta …

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You Suck At Walking And Texting. So Says Science.

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As someone who regularly got in trouble from neighbors, relatives and teachers for walking while reading, watching people wander around aimlessly while poking at their phones makes me crazy. Particularly when those people who fit into the demographic that has previously been all up in my business about the reading and walking thing. So it is with great pleasure that …

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Project Runway: Better Late Than Never?

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Yeah, that’s right, we’re only just getting to Season 14 of Project Runway, airing on Lifetime, Thursdays 9/8c. Well, whatever. This show has been running so long that even Heidi Klum can’t remember who’s won what season. Let’s start by meeting our victims contestants. Well, not all of them because there are like  eleventy billion of them. But some of …

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William Shakespeare: Stoner

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Hah! Suck it, Mrs. Little. And all other English teachers who droned on about how profound Shakespeare was. You know how you can tell that Shakespeare was high as a kite? A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Don’t tell me that play isn’t at least as fucked up as the Smurfs. Mustardseed. Hurrumph. It’s today’s equivalent of naming a fairy “Allspice”. Fine, …

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Is Searching The Internet Manipulating You? Voting Edition.

Joline Zepcevski SciTech 2 Comments

Research (and common sense) tells us that search engine rankings dramatically impact our lives, influencing what we buy, what we want, and how we act. People are totally sucked in by the organized list of results. Eye-tracking studies show that people scan search engine results and then fixate on the highest results, even when lower-ranked results are more relevant. The …

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How Crazy Are Your Cats Making You?

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You have multiple cats, but it just sort of happened. Your family keeps buying you cat related tchotchkes, but it’s not like you’ve bought yourself cat earrings…more than once. You’re pretty sure you’re keeping your cat crazy on the inside. But are you? Let us help with this pseudo-objective quiz. Images courtesy of Etsy and Shutterstock.

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So You Want To Be A Superhero

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And soon, you’ll be able to fulfill that superhero dream. Because, science. That’s right, scientists are currently attempting to make all our dreams come true with this stretchable conducting cable. The fiber itself is made from sheets of carbon nanotubes wrapping around a rubber core. Oh, that sounds boring? Well, do flexibile exoskeletons and morphing aircraft sound boring, hmmmm?? That’s right, it’s …

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