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What We’re Reading, Watching, and Learning this Month

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Here at Aunt Fannie’s, we’re a community of lifelong learners. We’re always looking for new ways to optimize our health, understand our world, strengthen our relationships, and take care of the creatures—both large and microscopic—that help our environment thrive. Every month, we like to share the stories that sparked a conversation in the office, plus handy tips and tricks we’ve come across to help you on your own lifelong learning journey. Here’s what we’ve bookmarked this month: jaw-dropping spider flight, bacteria at Gettysburg, the simple secrets of non-toxic hardwood floor cleaning, and more.

Watch: How Spiders Fly (via the New York Times)

Have you heard of spider ballooning? No, it doesn’t involve spider-shaped balloon animals or Spiderman birthday parties—it’s the method by which spiders can literally fly over oceans and soar miles above the earth. Spiders can measure the airflow around them by raising a leg, and (when conditions are right) spin extremely fine lengths of silk upt to six feet long, which help it take flight thanks to some pretty cool physics.  This video from NYT explores this fascinating phenomenon, and at just over 2 minutes, it’s totally worth a watch.

Big Idea: Scientists are searching for bacteria on famed world monuments (via University of Maryland School of Medicine)

Emmanuel Mongodin and Lynn Schriml, microbiome researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, have created the Monumentome project. The pair have been busy collecting samples from some of the planet’s most popular monuments to deepen our understanding of how best to preserve these pillars of human history. From the Genghis Khan statue in Mongolia to the Parthenon in Athens and monuments at Gettysburg Battlefield, the study takes samples from areas of the monuments untouched by the public and uses the microbiome discoveries to help caretakers keep the testaments to historical moments safe for future generations.

Watch: How superbugs could mean the end of antibiotics (via NPR)

Are we headed towards a post-antibiotic world? That’s the frightening question raised by this video explores antibiotic resistance, and why your best defense against harmful diseases might involve teaming up with bacteria instead of banishing the bugs with drugs.

Read: Do you really know how to ditch toxic cleaning products and still take care of your wood floors? (via Big Green Purse)

You may know that conventional wood cleaners are filled with ingredients that turn the five-second rule into a throw-away-anything-that-hits-the-floor rule, but what’s a hardwood homeowner to do instead? Skip the nasty stuff without sacrificing the gorgeous gleaming grain with a few simple preventative and proactive steps: take off your shoes indoors, sweep on the regular, clean up spills when they happen, and when it comes time for a deep clean, use a nontoxic cleaner like Aunt Fannie’s Floor Cleaner Vinegar Wash Concentrate with a damp—not soaking wet—mop.

Aunt Fannie’s in the news: How to take care of your skin (and beat the elements) on your next camping trip (via Into the Gloss)

From reliable sunscreen to Aunt Fannie’s Mosquito Wipes, the beauty experts at Into the Gloss shared their packing list full of the health and self-care essentials they toted along on their recent company camping trip. We’ve got our eye on Apa’s electric toothbrush that can go weeks without charging—perfect for free-range adventures and back-country brushing.