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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.

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

A 'white plague' has been decimating marine corals in the Caribbean, and researchers now believe the culprit may be a virus, not bacteria.

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

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.

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

Diagnosing the presence of Yersinia pestis, the cause of plague, may soon be easier than ever before.


Word of the Day
aphotic
  • Having no light.
  • Of or relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur.
The word 'aphotic' comes from Greek roots meaning 'without' and 'light'.
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