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Pneumonic "deadlier-than-bubonic" plague reported in Madagascar

The Pasteur Institute of Madagascar confirmed yesterday that a Madagascar village had lost at least twenty people to a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague. Today, the BBC confirmed with officials that two cases of pneumonic plague – considered deadlier and more virulent than bubonic plague – have also been reported. »12/11/13 6:29pm12/11/13 6:29pm

Three "gorgeously ugly" fish looking for mate before they go extinct

The Mangarahara cichlid is a fish native to the rivers of Madagascar — or, at least, it was. It's thought that the fish has gone extinct in the wild, and the only three survivors are in a pair of European zoos. But these three fish are all male, old, ugly... and liable to kill any fish that tries to breed with them. »5/12/13 2:00pm5/12/13 2:00pm

It took 1,000,000 spiders to weave this single cape

This cape — which required four years, one-million Malagasy golden orb spiders, and eighty workers to catch and release the two-inch arachnids daily — was commissioned by Nicholas Godley and fabric researcher Simon Peers. Every day, weavers would extract up to 40 yards of silk from a single spider before returning it… »1/26/12 9:15am1/26/12 9:15am