Researchers have thrown out the verdict against the rat, for centuries blamed as the primary carrier of the bubonic plague that struck Medieval Europe again and again with such ferocity.
The Big Bang theory doesn’t negate the role of God in the creation of the universe, Pope Francis has told the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. In fact, it is evidence of God, he says. Continue reading
Although there have been breathless reports over the last week about the first Americans to arrive in the country with Ebola, the virus itself is studied in U.S. labs, notes Tara C. Smith in the Aetiology blog, and there have been at least seven cases of Lassa virus, a similar African hemorrhagic fever, in the United States.
One of those Lassa cases was diagnosed in Philadelphia in 2010 when a 47-year-old returned from Liberia, the same country where healthcare workers Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly caught Ebola in the latest outbreak of the highly infectious disease. Continue reading
Forty-two states “have a reasonable chance of experiencing damaging ground shaking from an earthquake in 50 years,” according to the USGS updated National Seismic Hazard Maps, and 16 of those states are at high risk.
Illinois and Missouri (in the New Madrid Seismic Zone) and South Carolina may be in for a shocker:
The crater has appeared suddenly at the “end of the world,” according to the Siberian Times.
A video taken by an oil-industry helicopter pilot — along with speculation as to what caused it — has gone viral. Continue reading