So, it turns out that if you send salmonella bacteria into space, it comes back super evil and kills mice much faster than regular earthly salmonella. Bad news for those of you who enjoy eating Walmart peanut butter in space. [WSJ Health Blog]


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  1. EtherealStrife says:

    [The United States / China / North Korea / Iran]’s space program is finally explained!

    And I, for one, welcome our new Enterobacterial overlords.

    Ahmadinejad announces simultaneous Iranian mission to space and startup of Hummus For Merry Iranians Program.

    I guess this proves once and for all that the Soviet Union wasn’t the first in space. Mexico was.

    Too much?
    So anyway, uh, what’s the relevance to consumers?
    Ah yes, the commercialization of spaceflight! How foolish of me. Gotta warn all those multimillionaires and billionaires not to bring along peanut butter purchased at Walmart.

  2. hypnotik_jello says:

    Is this really shocking? Ionizing radiation probably caused a mutation in the bacteria’s DNA causing it to become evil. or something.

  3. McWatt says:

    What happens if it goes through space, then to Mars, then back though space to earth? Yikes!

  4. Chicago7 says:

    Maybe it’s because there are less things to kill the bacteria in space and it can grow faster and stronger.