A large majority of climate change scientists agree that the warming of the Earth is already affecting humans and wildlife. Many news articles focus on how the temperature will directly affect wildlife habitats. For example, polar bears’ habitats are melting at a faster rate than ever before (1). However, BBC released a comprehensive article explaining … More What Happens When You Thaw Anthrax?
While not exactly common, the practice of eating a member of one’s own species isn’t a rare occurrence in the animal kingdom. However, modern humans have pretty much agreed that cannibalism is wrong. Prior to a current-day, universal stance against cannibalism, a few societies still practiced eating human flesh. Papua New Guinea is known for … More Kuru: An Important Factor To Consider Before Starting That Cannibalism Diet
Detecting infectious disease has always been vital to scientists. Recent discoveries propose that blood-sucking flies can act as a medium for scientists or people of a similar field to detect certain diseases that are present in animals but have not yet spread to humans. How does this help specifically? Global outbreaks like Ebola and Zika … More Tsetse!
They say that human advancement happens fastest under pressure, which happens to be the case for Chicago and St. Louis in the late 1800’s. The growing city of Chicago had a very poor system for removing waste, and people were dying as a result of it. The people of Chicago were dumping their … More Two Diseases That Shaped Two Cities
Since its first appearance from about 10,000 years ago, smallpox has devastated the human population by killing billions of people. An estimated 300-500 million people died in the 20th century alone; however, this number would have been much higher if not for the work of Edward Jenner. Known as the Father of Immunology, Jenner discovered … More How Cowpox was Used to Fight Smallpox
On Monday, he ate through one apple. On Tuesday he ate through two pears. On Wednesday he ate through three of his friends. Wait that’s not right….. What just happened? A recent study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution journal found that chemicals released by plants can cause caterpillars that eat them to resort to … More The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A new report in Science has found that farmers in Brazil in the 1980s are responsible for the for the spread of Rice Blast Fungus to wheat plants. Scientists were able to back track the evolution of the fungus to a strain of wheat called Anahuac which lacked the capability to recognize the fungal invader. … More How Blast Hit Wheat.