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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.

microbes NYC subways
2015-02-05 14:12:55

The microbes that call the New York City subway system home are mostly harmless, but include samples of disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to drugs--and even DNA fragments associated with anthrax and Bubonic plague--according to a citywide microbiome map published today by Weill Cornell Medical College investigators.

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2015-02-04 10:57:18

The plague might seem like a thing of the past, but in Madagascar, the World Health Organization has identified 119 cases of it, with more than 40 deaths confirmed.

city rats are dirty little beasts
2014-10-16 07:29:15

Late-night legend David Letterman has been joking about the size of New York City rats for years; however, a new study from Columbia University researchers has found that the disease threat posed by these hulking rodents is no laughing matter.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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...

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

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.

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

New research has found that two separate plagues – the Plague of Justinian of 541 and the Black Death some 800 years later – were caused by different strains of the same pathogen.

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

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.


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gazingstock
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.
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