Bacteria Can Refuel Via Microscopic Tubes When Times Get Tough

Bacteria can share vital nutrients if their bacterial neighbors happen to have a surplus. Scientists have now determined that this sharing is accomplished not through diffusion of those nutrients into the surrounding environment, but rather via nanotubes that physically link the insides of two bacterial cells together. » 3/02/15 7:36pm Today 7:36pm

Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. A trailblazer in reality television

I keep seeing all this talk about how the whole family got famous either because of Kim's sex tape or their father's participation in the OJ trial. Both realities ignore the tour de force that was Kourtney Kardashian's first foray into reality television, the seminal "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive." This show which… » 3/02/15 6:46pm Today 6:46pm

If I could make backtalk a cake (Happy Birthday Ziggy!)

Let's talk cake on this day, Ziggy Bloodlust's birthday! Among other things, I think many of us share a love of space and cake, so to see them combined so deliciously is a dream. This cake has "a core made of mudcake, surrounded by almond butter cake, surrounded by a tinted vanilla Madeira sponge. There's a crumb… » 3/02/15 9:58am Today 9:58am

PS Happy Belated Birthday Gamecat and EasttoMidwest

Gamecat's birthday was yesterday! Sorry, I was all like forgetful. I imagine you were this cat, being all like "Fuck Backtalk, it's my birthday and all I have is a lousy can of tuna." EasttoMidwest was like "My birthday was on Tuesday Wednesday and I didn't get jack shit either, not even an animal representation of… » 3/01/15 10:00pm Yesterday 10:00pm

Theme of the Week: Birthdays

This was almost an inevitability as a good chunk of backtalkers have recently had their birthday or will have theirs in the next couple of weeks. Happy Birthday Flerby! And we will celebrate our own birthdays and birthdays in general! So stick around and get your party hats out and join us for this celebratory week.… » 3/01/15 6:03pm Yesterday 6:03pm