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Gerbils bubonic plague
2015-02-24 12:15:39

Killing more than one third of the European population in the mid-14th century, the bubonic plague has long been blamed on rats that allegedly snuck onto sailing ships and transported disease-ridden fleas all over the continent. But, now, a new study currently appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that giant gerbils from Asia were more likely the rodents responsible for spreading the Black Death.

2009-09-10 14:44:00

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- PETCO, a leading pet specialty retailer, will host its annual, and very popular, Hamster Ball Derby at all of the company's more than 950 locations across the country on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.

2008-08-29 00:00:36

By Brian C Rittmeyer Mena Small pulled at her mother's clothes, dragging her through Animal Friends' Ohio Township facility. With all the dogs, kittens and bunnies, Mena, 4, couldn't get enough. The rambunctious little girl who likes to sing and dance is fighting cancer.

2008-07-02 16:05:03

MIT researchers offer tantalizing evidence on how to make people smarter, naturally


Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]