Did an asteroid hasten the spread of black death in Europe?

Did an asteroid hasten the spread of black death in Europe? Dendrochronologist and author Mike Baillie says that tree rings "reveal a major event just before 1350. Something catastrophic," similar to the Tunguska event, changed "the composition of the atmosphere and provided ideal conditions for a lethal infection to… »2/21/15 7:00pm2/21/15 7:00pm


What it's like to battle flesh-eating bacteria (with all the gory pictures)

Redditor johnboy9210 retrieved a football from a stagnant koi pond one day and contracted necrotizing fasciitis, the infamous flesh-eating disease. Fortunately, we don't have to experience the tissue-chomping bacteria first-hand, and can instead witness his photographic account from the early signs of infection… »10/13/12 4:00pm10/13/12 4:00pm

A deadly fungus could wipe out these rattlesnakes for good

This is terrifying and sad all at the same time. Scientists have known about Chrysosporium for years, but they've never known it to do this. The ghastly fungal infection — notorious for popping up in captive animals around the world — has made the leap to a population of endangered rattlesnakes in Illinois, posing a… »2/25/12 1:00pm2/25/12 1:00pm

Antibiotics Can Prevent Bacteria From Becoming Drug-Resistant

You've probably heard that all the antibiotics we take are breeding new generations of drug-resistant bacteria. In fact, many diseases we once killed easily with Penicillin now require mega-doses of super-antibiotics like Cipro. While researchers have known for a long time that bacteria are developing resistance to… »5/01/08 11:00am5/01/08 11:00am

Flesh-Eating, Sexually-Transmitted Bacteria Hit San Francisco and Boston

Your next kiss could turn into an infection that eats your lips off. San Francisco and Boston are reporting outbreaks of drug-resistant staph bacteria that cannot be stopped with any antibiotics currently being used to fight them. When the bacteria come into contact with your skin, they can burrow into tiny cuts and… »1/15/08 6:04pm1/15/08 6:04pm