The Tiny Organisms That Live On Your Face And Skin : Short Wave 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!
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Micro Wave: You Mite Want To Shower After This

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Micro Wave: You Mite Want To Shower After This

Micro Wave: You Mite Want To Shower After This

Micro Wave: You Mite Want To Shower After This

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Eyelash mite (Demodex sp.), computer artwork.
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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.