Mousetraps may be necessary in space soon

Japanese scientists have just announced mouse sperm, after spending nine months in outer space, yielded healthy mice. I would guess not too many people were on pins-and-needles waiting for that announcement.
The real question now arises. Does this mean mousetraps will be necessary to accompany those people who someday plan to live on the moon or other outer-space planets?
It was amusing to think about the mouse study, which began in 2013. However, amusing and earth-shattering scientific studies have been a part of our society for years. While looking through some old newspapers, I came across a 1952 issue citing another scientific study that also had the potential to change society. The burden of this study was not placed on some foreign country scientist, but one of America’s own. A Baltimore bacteriologist and a group of volunteers conducted a kissing study to find out how many harmful germs were transferred in a two-second smooch.
The bacteriologist opened his report findings by paying tribute to the male volunteers who “would have rather kissed a blonde” but in the interest of science pressed their lips against plates of nutrient agar on which germs could grow, or on sterile glass slides.
He then counted the colonies of bacteria transferred by the kiss to range from almost none to more than 250. I don’t know about the bacteriologist’s feelings, but as for the kissers, they were probably elated to find out 95 percent of the germs were not disease inciters.
Other test findings showed lipstick cut down on germ count as well as smoking. Liquor lowered germ count, while beer increased the count.
The bacteriologist’s final conclusion (which I am sure would be disputed by many fathers who have daughters with boyfriends) concluded that kissing can be not only pleasant, but a harmless pastime if ordinary lip and oral hygiene is practiced.
The AMA in 1952 passed out its own word of caution about kissing: “Since man is a social creature he must expect risks in social contacts. The only alternative is to become a hermit or a bore.”
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The police department was alerted that a vehicle was pulling in and out of driveways in a Maple Grove, Minn., neighborhood. Investigating officers found that the driver was delivering newspapers.
As I said before, “The newspaper business can be pretty tough at times.”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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