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Social Network Research Could Boost Conservation Efforts For Prairie Dogs
2014-07-29 03:28:36

North Carolina State University Researchers using statistical tools to map social connections in prairie dogs have uncovered relationships that escaped traditional observational techniques, shedding light on prairie dog communities that may help limit the spread of bubonic plague and guide future conservation efforts. The work was done by researchers from North Carolina State University and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). “Prairie dogs are increasingly rare and...

egyptian plague burial site
2014-06-18 05:03:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of Italian archaeologists has uncovered the remains of ancient plague victims at an ancient burial plot in what is now Luxor, Egypt, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the Egypt Exploration Society journal Egyptian Archaeology. Between 250 AD and 271 AD, as many as 5,000 people died each day as a result of the disease, explained Owen Jarus in an article published by LiveScience. The epidemic became...

Did Human Survivorship Improve Following The Black Death Epidemic?
2014-05-08 08:46:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Killing tens of millions of Europeans during the mid-1300s, the medieval Black Death plague was one of the worst disease outbreaks humans have ever faced. But as devastating as the disease was, it may have helped human survival over the course of many generations, according to new research from Sharon DeWitte, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Biology at the University of South Carolina. Previous studies have shown that...

London Crossrail Project Unearths History Of Black Death
2014-03-31 08:45:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A forensic analysis of teeth taken from 660-year-old skeletons recently dug up during London’s Crossrail project excavations reveal that the corpses were the victims from the great Black Death pandemic of the 14th century. The skeletal teeth contain DNA from the plague bacterium Yersinia pestis and were dated to 1348-50. According to historical records, thousands of Londoners perished during these years and were dumped in a mass...

Pathogen Responsible For Two Historical Plagues Could Reemerge
2014-01-28 10:26:57

[ Watch the Video: Pathogen Behind Ancient Plagues Could Come Back Someday ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Both the Plague of Justinian in 541 and Black Death some 800 years later were responsible for widespread fatalities across Europe. Now, new research in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal has found that both pandemics were caused by different strains of the same pathogen. The international team of study authors also concluded that a new strain of plague...

Uncontrolled Deforestation Linked To Deadly Madagascar Plague
2013-12-16 08:37:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When most people hear of the bubonic plague they tend to think of the Black Death pandemic that swept through the western world in the Middle Ages, wiping out nearly a quarter of the world’s population. Black Death plague was the single biggest killer of people across the world from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, and surprisingly today, the bubonic plague is still a big problem in many parts of the world....

Coral White Plague Is Viral Not Bacterial
2013-09-13 09:53:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just as the black plague laid waste to communities across Medieval Europe, a 'white plague' has been decimating marine corals in the Caribbean. Once thought to be caused mainly by bacteria, researchers at Oregon State University have found that a group of small, circular, single-strand DNA (SCSD) viruses are connected to the dramatic rise of white plague that has occurred in recent decades. The Oregon researchers said they are...

Plague-Infected Squirrel Leads To LA Campground Scare
2013-07-26 13:47:20

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Several popular areas in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles, California were shut down Wednesday when a squirrel there tested positive for the plague. Los Angeles County health officials and the US Forest Service shut down the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops areas around the Table Mountain campground, which is located northwest of LA. While performing "routine surveillance activities" on July 16, National...

Sugar-based Detection Method Enables Easy And Accurate Identification Of The Yersinia Pestis Bacterium
2013-07-24 15:00:29

Max Planck Institute Diagnosing the presence of Yersinia pestis, the cause of plague, may soon be easier than ever before. Scientists working with Peter Seeberger, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPIKG) in Potsdam and Professor at the Freie Universitat Berlin, have come up with a simple, inexpensive and reliable method of detecting the bacterium. The research team, specializing in glycochemistry glycobiology, first identified and synthesized an...

2013-05-14 23:34:40

Padmore Books author, Ila Monroe, writes a thriller to spark a conversation about deadly infections that occur daily in the medical wards, but go unreported. Miami, Florida (PRWEB) May 14, 2013 Golden Plague, by Ila Monroe, is a work of fiction where the villains are hospital directors and managers of pharmaceutical companies covering up a sinister set of occurrences, and the protagonists, three young adults, trying to stay alive. It depicts a modern day reality which is plaguing public...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'