Short Wave: Micro Wave - You Mite Want To Shower After This

Today’s episode is about how you’re never alone.

That’s because there are tiny mites that live on your skin — including your face. They come out at night and mate. And we’re not totally sure what they eat. See? Don’t you feel better already?

Researcher Megan Thoemmes tells us about the lives of these eight-legged creatures — and what they can tell us about ourselves.

Also, if you can believe it, Short Wave launched a year ago today. Happy anniversary to us! And thanks for listening!

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, fact-checked by Ariela Zebede, and edited by Viet Le.


Short Wave Podcast

It’s science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.

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Biology, Zoology
Parasitic Insects
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7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Adults

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