Contagion Station: Germs on the Subway

Universe City

An exciting new paper mapped the DNA of every subway station in New York, creating a “genomic map” of the city.   The three card carrying MTA members discuss the crazy variety of findings – from traces of Tasmanian Devil to bacteria from Antartica.  Joe is two steps away from being a homeopath, while Raj admits to using garlic and yogurt for every remedy.  Jono is convinced the unidentified bacteria belong to shape shifters.

The Paper: “Geospatial Resolution of Human and Bacterial Diversity with City-Scale Metagenomics” (Afshinnekoo et al., Cell Systems 2015)

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Huge Album Contest with Massive Grand Prizes

Wow, there are some humorous reviews on iTunes of my new CD. I appreciate that. So much so, that I’m going to personally mail a signed CD, a hand-written love letter, and a $10 Panera Bread gift card to the person who writes the funniest review of “Smiling at Wolves” (as judged by a panel of me and my parents).

Album in iTunes

You have to go in to iTunes to post a review, so if you don’t have iTunes, reviews on Amazon are also eligible to win these amazing grand prizes in the mail.

“Smiling at Wolves” CD release today!

My debut solo album (and future 2014 Grammy winning album) “Smiling at Wolves” came out today on i-Tunes with New Wave Records (also available on Amazon, etc). Recorded live this past November to a sold out show in Asheville, NC, I’m very happy with how it turned out.

Here is the i-Tunes link:

FYI: It’s currently listed as “Parental Advisory” but that’s an error due to some sort of default comedy setting, so hoping to get that label removed shortly.

And if you want to contribute to the Joe Z cause, you can leave a pleasant review or rating on i-Tunes or Amazon, or share with friends who might enjoy.

Fun facts: TJ Young (from the Beards of Comedy) did the cover design, and NYC photographer Mindy Tucker took the photo!

i-Tunes link