At least 13 killed in blast at southeast Mexico petrochemical plant

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The death toll from a thunderous blast at a petrochemical plant in Mexico has risen to at least 13, an official said Thursday, in the latest accident plaguing the state-run oil giant Pemex.

The toll could rise further as another 136 people were injured, 13 of them critically, in Wednesday’s explosion, which sent up huge plumes of black, toxic smoke and triggered panic among locals fearing a repeat of a 1991 blast at the same plant that caused a deadly gas leak.The new blast at the petrochemical plant in the city of Coatzacoalcos in eastern Veracruz state was so powerful it was felt 10 kilometers (six miles) away. It shattered windows and forced the evacuation of schools and businesses.

The blast at the Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo (PMV) plant was caused by some kind of leak, said Jose Antonio Gonzalez, chief executive of Pemex.Crews kept working Thursday to cool off one particularly hard hit area of the plant, hosing it down with water.

Investigators have yet to enter this area because of fears that structures might collapse, Luis Felipe Puente, a senior civil protection official within the state interior ministry, told Milenio television.The plant “uses flammable materials like chlorine and ethanol but we do not know the cause of the leak,” told Televisa television.

Pemex provides one-fifth of the Mexican government’s revenue but has posted huge losses amid crumbling production and oil prices.

Alaska state of a giant vegetables

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State fairs in America are always a fascinating glimpse into a rural part of life that so few of us ever actually see anymore.Each state fair is unique in its own special way but one that stands out from all the others is the Alaska State Fair and its fantastic giant vegetable contest.

The Alaska State Fair held annually in Palmer, 42 miles northeast of Anchorage, is not your regular agricultural show. Here farmers from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley routinely display vegetables and produces of gargantuan sizes — a 138-pound cabbage, 65-pound cantaloupe and 35-pound broccoli are just a few of the monsters that have sprung forth from Alaska’s soil in recent years.”Some things are so big, you can’t even recognize what they are,” said the fair’s crop superintendent Kathy Liska.

Why do vegetables grow so big in Alaska?This is all because of the sun.

Alaska typically has a very short growing season, only 105 days, on average.The state is located close to the north pole where it enjoys up to 19 hours of sunshine each day, during summer and at the peak of the growing season. The extra hours of sunlight allows Alaskan crops to just keep growing and growing. Even through the growing season is months shorter than the rest of the country, Alaska’s gardeners grow some of the largest vegetables in the world.

 

Good news for facebook messenger users:You Can Now Phone Everyone In A Group Chat

Facebook Messenger is one of Facebook’s most popular products and currently has more than 900 million active users.

Facebook Messenger has now  launched a group-calling feature that allows users to simultaneously dial up to 50 friends online. Facebook that the free service is rolling out globally over the next 24 hours to all Messenger users with the latest Android and iOS app updates.

Users from any group chat can initiate a group call.Everyone who is invited will receive a Messenger call simultaneously.In cases of missed calls, invited participants can join a call  that is still in progress by tapping the Phone icon in the group chat.

With the explosive popularity and ease of use of Apple’s Facetime, allowing quick personal connections through video chatting, Facebook is leveraging the popularity of the largest global social network to deliver a similar on-demand social platform.

The company believes that through these new features, it can become a major player in the global video chat space. With the power of group video chat enabling Facebook’s 1.59 billion active users to instantly connect face-to-face, the world is about to become much smaller.

The longest-reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth turns 90

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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, turns 90 Thursday.But just because she’s a Queen, doesn’t mean she doesn’t put her pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us common folks.

Britons and the whole world celebrated her long and dignified reign.She has been on the throne for 64 years and will celebrate again in June with national events to mark her official birthday.

The queen at 90 across the decades personal popularity, and in Windsor, the small town whose name was adopted by the monarchy to purge it of its Germanic roots, it seemed the whole town had turned out to see Elizabeth II.Her Majesty seemed delighted to see every one of those she stopped to greet. The floral tributes came thick and fast, and cries of “Happy birthday” followed the Queen as she went walkabout.

It is a far cry from the 1990’s which saw divorce and the death of Princess Diana nearly bring the British monarchy to its knees, but since then the Queen has steadily rebuilt her standing despite republicanism making some advances in public opinion.

Not only has Britain’s longest-reigning monarch already beaten the average U.K. life expectancy by nine years, she’s also among the top 25 richest people in the world.

 

 

Innocent 8 years old girl r@ped and mur[dered in Palpa

An eight year old girl was r@ped and then allegedly k!lled on Tuesday in Palpa.

The body was recovered by the police from near the Siddhartha Highway. The girl is said to be named Barsha, daughter of Hari Bahadur Darlami of Tansen Municipality-11.

After a complaint was filled by the mother of decea$ed minor, a team of police started to carry out a search. It was then the body was recovered at around 7pm last night.

It is known that the child was forcefully taken away by a man named Deepak Neupane of Prabhas while she was returning home from the local school with her younger brother.

Meanwhile, Neupane confessed his crime as police had busted him in a jewellery shop while selling the gold ornament that belonged to the decea$ed minor.

According to the postmortem which was carried out by the doctors, the minor was r@ped before being k!lled.

Prabal Gurung in Kathmandu

A very famous designer and a renowned name in the field of fashion, glamour and entertainment, Prabal Gurung is in Kathmandu.

Wearing the Costumes designed by Gurung and to walk on ramp with those costumes is nearly everyone’s golden dream that is in glamour and modeling world.

The costumes designed by Gurung have been worn by most of the famous celebrities and renowned people of Hollywood and Bollywood. Even so, the celebrities of Nepal had not got an opportunity to wear his designs till date. Seems like the same reason why Nepali celebrities were seen very eager to meet the designer Gurung at Russian Cultural Center on Tuesday.

Banker Anil Shan had organized a program “Prabal Gurung: The Journey from Nepal to New York” as a part of the campaign called ‘Ma Movement’. Different people from film industry, modeling and entertainment industry were seen. Gurung discussed about Nepali modeling industry, designing and Nepali culture at the program.

After the program, actor Priyanka Karki, Miss Nepal Asmi Shrestha, Miss Nepal earth Roshani Khatri and Samriddhi rai were seen holding a conversation with him.

Designer Gurung went to the US in 1999 and own a fashion showroom named PG.

Designs made by Gurung have already been worn by US First Lady Mitchell Obama, Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and others.

Dresses that dissolve with water

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One of Britain’s most celebrated fashion designer, Hussein Chalayan has recently designed garments that transform before audience’s eyes, sculptural pieces that convey speed through stationary and dresses that dissolve with water. Audiences have already witnessed this miracle.

Chalayan is one of the industry’s most popular with intellectual talents who see himself as a “weaver of different worlds”. He draws his inspiration from science, design and art. Earlier he was a creative director of TSE New York and Puma and is now on the design team at Vionnet.

He is well known for the “wow” moments that he usually give to audiences through his skilled craftsmanship and showmanship.

When his clothes were being displayed in London’s Design Museum, the museum of Contemporary art in Tokyo and the Palais du Louvre, in Paris, many people felt the thin fine line between fashion and art. His designs are that much creative.

In upcoming May, his designs are getting featured at the Metropolitan Museum of art, in New York, as pasrt of the exhibition “Manus x Machina: fashion in an age of Technology”.

When asked about his source of inspiration, Chalayan told “I think there’s a difference between being considered a futuristic designer and being an innovative designer. For me, technique and the way you think is what’s interesting.”

”I want to find another Earth. That’s what I am living for” says the planet hunter

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Sara Seager, MIT astrophysicist has been looking for planets outside the solar system. She says she wants to find another Earth. Planets beyond the solar system are called exoplanets and Seager is found searching for exoplanets for almost 20 years.

When Seager was a graduate at Harvard searching for a topic for her Ph.D., she was fascinated by the idea of newborn field of faraway planets.

During 1990s the first ones were explored but it was found questioned by many. Also, nobody thought it was real, but with the help of better technology, today we can see more than 6,000 of them. They are mostly giant balls of gas. The list is found growing every week.

As the list is increasing, Seager wants to distinguish and identify one that resembles Earth; a world with liquid water and where life is possible. She believed in herself in making that discovery.

Exoplanets are however not easy to see even through a telescope. This is because of the blinding light that comes from their host stars, which are of various sizes and features as compared to our sun.

When the first ones were discovered, they were discovered indirectly in response to the pull of another object’s gravity. They would wobble slightly. But the wobble can also be caused by another star and this is the same reason for having several planet discoveries retracted.

Now, a different technique has been found in order to make the search easier which is called transit. Transit is when a planet moves in front of its host star and makes the star’s light to dim slightly.

It was found exoplanets were real when transit was shown from one of the planets from the wobble technique.

“Invisible” Train: The future of travel

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Award-winning architect kazuyo Sejima has created a design of an almost invisible train which is believed to be scheduled in Tokyo in 2018.

The design made by Sejima is a reflective train to accompany with changing surroundings. This means that as the Japanese commuter train moves, it will automatically blend into changing scenery whether it’s traveling through the city or country side. This happens all because of the semi-reflective and semi-transparent materials.

As said by Sejima, “the train travels in a variety of different sceneries, from the mountains of Chichibu to the middle of Tokyo, and I thought it would be good if the train could gently coexist with this variety of scenery”

One of the Japan’s leading architect, Sejima established SANAA architecture firm in 1995 with Ryue Nishizawa. His company is well known for its use of light and space and also owns a Seibu Railways which runs around Tokyo and Saitama prefectures. On 100th anniversary of Seibu Group, Sejima was commissioned to create a design of such a nearly invisible train.

Sejima and Nishizawa keep exploring the phenomenal properties of continuous space, transparency, lightness and materials to create a delicate synthesis. They both were both honored by Pritzker Architecture Prize laureates in 2010 which is considered as highest architecture’s honor.

 

Are you sitting too much? Read this

A new study has found out that sitting less might extend our life a little bit.

According to Brazilian researchers who did an analysis on 54 countries has linked 3.8 percent of death from all causes to sitting for more than 3 hours. They said that a person’s life expectancy may increase by 0.2 years if sitting is limited to less than three hours a day.

The report which appeared online in advance of the august print issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine considers too much sitting as a serious health threat. That is because even regular exercises might not be helpful in compensating the harmful effects of prolonged sitting.

Regardless of moderate to vigorous physical activity, the effects of less time spent during sitting were estimated by the authors. Even a 10 percent reduction in sitting-for example, 30 less minutes spent on sitting per day can have an instant effect as said by the researchers.

These days there seems to be various reasons such as labor-saving devices, long commutes and homes in areas where there is lack of support for active lifestyles, which is equally contributing to too much sitting problem.

Though sitting is an essential part of human nature but excessive sitting has become very common in modern societies.

This is the story behind the world’s most popular photograph

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Almost 3 decades ago, the preeminent photographer Steve McCurry took the widely recognized and well established photo. McCurry’s “Afghan Girl” is known as one of the world’s most iconic photographs. Also, one of thousands of phenomenal photographs he has taken till date.

Even after all this time, the very skillful photographer lightens up as he speaks up about “Afghan Girl”. “I knew she had an incredible look, a penetrating gaze,” says McCurry.

“But there was a crowd of people around us, the dust was swirling around, and it was before digital cameras and you never knew what would happen with the film,” he recalls.

“When I developed the picture, I knew it was special. I showed it to the editor of the National Geographic, and he leaped to his feet and shouted, ‘that’s our next cover’,” says McCurry again.

“Afghan Girl” was taken in December 1984. The photo really became the magazine’s next cover and the most recognizable picture.

“Afghan Girl” is a portrait of a 12-year old whose name is Sharbat Gula, a Pashtun orphan in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. She is now in her forties and believed to be living in Pakistan.

“I was tr!cked into being sold”, says the Vietnamese girl child

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Young girls as 13 say that they are either tr!cked or drug[ged and then smu(ggled across the border to china. There they are forced into marriage. The villages near the Vietnamese-Chinese border have now become a hunting ground for human traffickers. It is believed that young Vietnamese women are very much valuable in china as a gender imbalance has hit china.

China, where one-child policy and long-standing preferences for sons is prevailed, it has created a demand for Vietnamese brides. In short, it reveals that Chinese men want brides.

Ha Thi Van Khanh, national project coordinator for the U.N.’s anti-trafficking organization in Vietnam says, “It costs a very huge amount of money for normal Chinese man to get married to a Chinese woman.” According to the tradition of China, Chinese groom have to pay for an elaborate banquet along with the purchase of a new home to live in after the wedding. This sounds and that is the reason why they are trying to import women from their neighboring countries. Also, the culture of China and Vietnam is quite similar.

By promising to get paid a huge amount in China, girls are being smuggled. The Vietnamese police are sometimes successful in rescuing girls while crossing the border. But sometimes those who are not rescued in raids have to be on their own to get out from there.

Ecuador Earthquake: State of Emergency Declared After at Least 246 Killed

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Ecuador was in a state of emergency Sunday after the magnitude-7.8 earthquake flattened buildings and ravaged towns just before 7 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) Saturday.

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that shook Ecuador’s northwestern coast soared to 246 on Sunday, and hundreds more peole were wounded, the nation’s president said.More than 2,500 people were injured, the government said. At least 370 buildings were destroyed, and 151 more buildings and 26 schools were affected.

States of emergency were declared for the provinces of Esmeraldas, Los Rios, Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas and Santo Domingo. The quake was strongly felt in country’s capital, Quito, about around 100 miles away.ice President Jorge Glas said that 10,000 military troops and 3,500 police officers were dispatched to the affected areas and that $600 million in credit was allotted to the emergency. Meanwhile, the Home Ministry said five helicopters and more than 80 buses ferried 4,000 police to the quake zone.

More than 1,200 Red Cross volunteers were also helping to render first aid and search for an unspecified number of missing people. Authorities said landslides, crumbling bridges and roads were making it difficult for emergency workers to reach the hardest-hit towns.

“We’re trying to do the most we can, but there’s almost nothing we can do,” said Gabriel Alcivar, mayor of Pedernales, a town of 40,000 near the quake’s epicenter, according to The Associated Press.

A woman who makes fake fingers for Japan’s reformed gangsters

Yukako Fukushima, is a women who makes prosthetic small fingers for reformed Japanese gangsters, at her workshop in Osaka, Japan. Yukako Fukushima crafts lifelike pinkies to help yakuza criminals who severed fingers as a mark of contrition begin a new life.

She started making pinkie for the  gangsters who have sliced off their pinkies in a ritual show of contrition, and who owe their exit from the underworld and return to mainstream society to Fukushima’s prosthetics. Her decision to continue producing artificial pinkies for reformed mobsters resulted in the breakup of a relationship and criticism from her family for “enabling” gangsters.

 

Fukushima will only agree to make a pinkie, which can cost more than £1,500, under certain conditions.Drawing on around 20 colours,she can create more than 1,000 skin tones to ensure that the fake digit looks exactly the same as its owner’s other fingers.Every last detail, down to fingerprints, curvature, nails and veins, is expertly reproduced in silicone. The fake tip, which lasts five to 10 years, slides on to the existing stub much like a lid on to a pen.

Fukushima’s artificial finger tips, like the other body parts she makes for people who have been in accidents or suffered serious illness, are the products of incredible attention to detail.

A group set up by the Osaka prefectural police to help rehabilitate former yakuza introduces her to potential clients after confirming that they have decided to go straight.“I need proof that they have definitely left their gang, and I won’t accept extra cash from people who want to jump the queue,” said Fukushima.

While a new pinkie is no guarantee that a gangster will change his ways, Fukushima receives enough letters of thanks to convince her that her digits make a difference. “I hear from men who have got married and had children or found a job. Others tell me they have straightened themselves out and apologised to their parents for the years of misery they put them through,” she said.

“Some tell me they’re simply glad to be alive, even though there were times when they’d wished they were dead. When I hear stories like that it motivates me to carry on. I’m not doing this as a service for the yakuza. I’m doing it for men who want a second chance and to be good role models for their children.”

 

Mindblowing Human Robot

A Chinese university on Friday unveiled an interactive robot, the first of its kind in China. The robot can obey human orders, make micro facial expressions and do a lot more.Chinese inventor claims AI humanoid is the most realistic ever made.

They named her as Jia Jia the ‘robot goddess’.Dubbed ‘robot goddess’, Jia Jia has the long flowing locks and rosy red cheeks as a human, but is being taught deep learning abilities.

Jia Jia can speak, shows micro-expressions, move its lips and body.It’s programmed to recognize human/machine interaction, has autonomous position and navigation and offers services based on cloud technology. Researher say they would not consider mass production, yet.

You might to do a double take when you see this new interactive robot, as it ‘looks very much like a real woman’.

During the unveiling, Xiaoping said hello to his robot goddess, which immediately responded, ‘Yes my lord, what can I do for you?’. It took the team three years to complete the robot, which can speak, show micro-expressions, move its lips and body, yet seems to hold its head in a submissive manner.

The humanoid is programmed to recognize human/machine interaction, has autonomous position, navigation and offers services based on cloud technology.Hello everyone, I’m Jia Jia. Welcome!’ the robot said as it greeted the audience at the university’s multi-media center today, reports Xinhuanet.

Earthquakes hit Kyushu region of Japan

The 7.0-magnitude quake hit early Saturday local time in Kyushu region of Japan.

After a series of powerful earthquakes hit Japan, emergency crews are scrambling to rescue survivors trapped in rubble as aftershocks sway Kyushu region. At least 23 people died in the latest Kyushu earthquake, according to Kumamoto Prefecture’s disaster management office.

Two days earlier, a 6.2.-magnitude quake rattled the area, killing nine people. This brought the total death toll from both earthquakes to 32. Both earthquakes left 968 people injured, according to the disaster management office.At least 23 people are buried inside buildings, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

After Saturday’s deadly quake, Kumamoto prefecture continues to experience as many as 165 aftershocks.The aftershocks could hamper rescue efforts as emergency workers attempt to pull people trapped in the rubble.

Japan has deployed 20,000 self-defense forces to the rescue effort, Suga said.The Kumamoto government has opened over 100 evacuation centers for residents and have started handing out food, water and blankets, Yoshizumi said. Kumamoto  Castle, a famous site in Japan built in the early 17th century, is also badly damaged, he said.

The Red Cross treated more than 1,000 people in the Kumamoto area Friday, but the organization anticipates the number will increase following Saturday’s earthquake.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had intended to visit Kumamoto on Saturday, but called off his visit. His office told CNN that the prime minister would instead spearhead efforts from Tokyo. The country’s air force will send six planes and nine ships to Kumamoto to deliver food, blankets and all emergency necessities.
Japan received offers of support from other nations.

Mark Zuckerberg, the World’s Fourth-Richest Man

Mark Zuckerberg is co-founder and CEO of the social-networking website Facebook, as well as one of the world’s youngest billionaires.

Mark Zuckerberg co-founded the social-networking website Facebook out of his college dorm room.In less than a decade, that spirals into the world’s biggest social network, and the company goes public. A few years later, soon after the man enters his third decade, the idea becomes the fourth-most-valuable company in the world, and that man becomes the fourth richest.

It’s the new American dream, and for Mark Zuckerberg.

Mark Zuckerberg became the fourth-richest person in the world on Tuesday, leap-frogging over Jeff Bezos as Amazon’s stocks plummet and Facebook’s soar.

The 31-year-old, who is currently on paternity leave, saw his fortune climb to $50 billion once stocks closed, continuing a surprisingly successful start to 2016 for the social network.

Facebook has risen 9.5 per cent in the past month despite a rocky few weeks for US stocks.The boost has made Zuckerberg the only billionaire in the top five who has seen his net worth rise despite the tough financial headwinds so far in 2016.

It means that Zuckerberg has moved from sixth place to fourth place on the world billionaire list in just one week – all while he is off work to spend time with his newborn daughter Maxima.

Zuckerberg’s rise is remarkable for anyone, particularly remarkable for a 31-year-old.

Zuckerberg managed to leapfrog up the list quickly, but it will take a social-network miracle for him to propel himself higher anytime soon. Warren Buffett, who holds the No. 3 spot, has nearly $10 billion on him, and Amancio Ortega and Bill Gates have double and triple that, respectively. But don’t count Zuckerberg out. He has baby Max to provide for and running shoes and tons of T-shirts and hoodies  to buy. Never underestimate a man with those kinds of needs.

 

Amazing Human Psychological Facts

Psychology is the study of the mental processes and behavior. Psychology is not just an academic subject that exists only in classrooms, research labs, and mental health offices. The principles of psychology can be seen all around you in everyday situations.

There are lots of Psychological facts which couldn’t be counted on hands.Every person in this world is different and have their own way to perceive the world.

Here are some Psychological facts of human minds listed below:

  1. There are more than 400 distinct phobias well recognized by psychologists.
  2. The type of music you listen to affects the way you perceive the world.
  3.  30% of pregnant women crave nonfood items, an eating disorder called pica.
  4. There is a gene that can cause you  to be negative most of the time.
  5. The brain treats rejection like physical pain, according to scientists.
  6. 68% of the people suffer from Phantom Vibration Syndrome, the feeling that one’s phone is vibrating when it’s not.
  7. Research conducted on comedians and funny people have shown they are usually more depressed than average.
  8. Crying makes you feel better,reduces stress, and may help to keep the body healthy.
  9. The feeling of Certainty can be triggered without the need for facts or reasoning, using electric stimulation over a specific part of the brain.
  10. Around 6% of people have narcissistic personality disorder. They have a strong sense of self-importance and lack empathy.
  11. Gratitude can boost do pamine and serotonin, just like antidepressants.
  12. If you announce your goals to others, you are less likely to make them happen because you lose motivation, studies confirmed.
  13. Your mind “rewrites” monotonous speech of boring people to make it sound more interesting.
  14. Your favorite song is probably your favorite because you associate it with an emotional event in your life.
  15. The key to happiness is spending your money on experiences rather than possessions, according to studies.

Facts For Science Lovers That Will Amaze You

In this twenty first century we people believe on science,its invention and facts proved by the scientist and researchers.

But still there are the questions raised by seeing some of the things.We can find its two sides. In one side it is justified by the researchers while in the other hand we come to the comparison and with lots of questions with how and why???

Similar facts of science has been represented by a channel on YouTube that is “BuzzFeedBlue”. The facts listed by BuzzFeed Blue is not only enlightening but entertaining too.

The backbenchers may find this video quiet interesting as it reveals the practicality of science rather than just the normal textbook information.

So dear science lovers here is a treat for you all, especially, the ones who like reading weird facts.Watch the above  video, it will definitely amaze you.

Enjoy!!!

Why Your Body Is AMAZING???

Every day, we see, breathe, touch, and feel. Body positivity is a growing concept that many people struggle with, regardless of gender, age or race. However, the human body is full of surprises and incredible processes that make up a person.

Actually yes it is full of surprises. The human body consists of seven octillion atoms, making up the 37 trillion cells in our body, which can regenerate themselves over time. When it comes to our sight, although we spend 10 percent of the day blinking, our eyes can actually distinguish between 2.3 to 7.5 million colors. In fact, studies have shown that after viewing 2,500 images for only three seconds, participants could recall if they had seen one of the images with 92 percent accuracy. This is contrary to the belief that long-term memory is not capable of storing images with detail.

When we put our hands together, we capture roughly the size of our heart as it beats 100,000/day, pumping 5.5 liters with each pulse, which is close to 3 million liters of blood every year. If a person were to live to 75, it would fill 90 Olympic size swimming pools.

Now, when the heart stops beating, human decomposition begins around four minutes after death. This process, known as self-digestion, occurs when our enzymes and bacteria eat us away. In fact, 3 to 5 pounds of your body is made up of bacteria. In comparison, in an unclean mouth alone, 100 million to one billion bacteria can grow on each tooth — with 32 teeth each, some of us have more bacteria in our mouth than there are people in the world.