The Plague Has Been Around For a Lot Longer Than We Thought

The Black Death wiped out nearly half the population of Europe during the 14th Century, a blight that swept through the continent in the gut of fleas. But a new analysis of ancient human DNA shows that the dreaded bacteria emerged at least 3,000 years before the first plague pandemic—a time before it mutated into its… »10/23/15 11:31am10/23/15 11:31am


The Secret Story Of How Bubonic Plague Nearly Broke Out In New York City

This is the story — kept secret at the time, still largely unreported today — of how the most infamous disease in history broke into New York City in the midst of World War II. This is the story of the ominously-named “Wyoming matter,” and how it took me months to track down evidence it ever happened. »9/03/15 2:40pm9/03/15 2:40pm

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

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 9:29pm12/11/13 9:29pm

50,000 bubonic plague victims may still be buried beneath London's streets

Archaeologists working on London's £14.8 billion ($22 billion) Crossrail Project have discovered a burial ground in Farringdon, a historic part of the city. According to experts, there may be as many as 50,000 people buried in this so-called "no man's land" — victims of the Black Plague that swept through the region… »3/15/13 12:30pm3/15/13 12:30pm

10 of the Craziest Things That You Never Knew About Quarantines

If you're worried about catching a super-virus, you can always be extra careful about washing your hands. But sometimes that's not enough. Sometimes you just need to get all those sick people away from you. This idea has fueled many successful — and unsuccessful — quarantines over the years. Here are the strangest,… »9/09/11 1:00pm9/09/11 1:00pm

Contagion is the first political thriller about a global epidemic

What if a deadly virus ripped through the world, shattering cities and killing millions, but you had the chance to view the carnage from sealed government labs and well-appointed boardrooms? That's the promise of Contagion, a fascinating plague procedural from Steven Soderbergh, where more tension radiates from… »9/09/11 12:59pm9/09/11 12:59pm