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2010-02-25 14:47:35

A domestic ecological mystery Stories of environmental damage and their consequences always seem to take place far away and in another country, usually a tropical one with lush rainforests and poison dart frogs. In fact, similar stories starring familiar animals are unfolding all the time in our own backyards "” including gripping tales of diseases jumping from animal hosts to people when ecosystems are disrupted. This time we're not talking hemorrhagic fever and the rainforest. We're...

2009-07-30 16:01:40

Two tick-borne diseases are emerging in Minnesota, prompting state health officials to urge caution when vacationing in the state's outdoors. Health officials said dog ticks and deer ticks -- both in ample supply in Minnesota -- are carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Powassan disease, respectively, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Thursday. A Minnesota child died earlier in July from Rocky Mountain spotted fever although health officials didn't provide details about the death....

2007-06-14 16:31:25

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Abundant rainfall has increased the population of ticks in Oklahoma this year, meaning more people are likely to catch diseases from the bloodsucking insect. In 2006, widespread drought and wildfires kept the tick population at one of the lowest levels in recent years, but this year more ticks are showing up in central and south-central Oklahoma, said Justin Talley, a livestock entomologist at Oklahoma State University. "Basically, with the continued moisture, it's...


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holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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