200 Skeletons Have Been Discovered Beneath A Supermarket In Paris

Archaeologists in Paris have found the skeletal remains of 200 individuals laid out neat rows in a communal grave. The site, once the cemetery of a hospital that operated from the 12th to 17th Century, is now a supermarket. » 3/02/15 12:20pm 3/02/15 12:20pm

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 4:00pm 2/21/15 4:00pm

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 6:29pm 12/11/13 6:29pm

Solving the Mystery of the Plague That Decimated Ancient Athens

In 430 BC, during the Peloponnesian War, a plague ripped through Athens. We now know it was caused by typhoid fever. You’d think, when we’ve known about an infectious disease for a couple thousand years, we would know how it works. But we didn’t. Until now. » 7/18/13 8:00am 7/18/13 8:00am

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

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 9:30am 3/15/13 9:30am

The Webcomic Guide to the Apocalypse: Plague

We're going to be seeing a glut of apocalyptic movies this year, even though audiences are starting to get weary of watching the world end. While Hollywood looks for new ways to blow up the Earth, I'll be taking a look back at how the apocalypse looked when science fiction was new. In a series of short comics, I'll be… » 1/13/13 7:00am 1/13/13 7:00am

Seven-year-old girl contracts bubonic plague on Colorado camping trip

Pictured here is Sierra Jane Downing, a seven-year-old from Pagosa Springs, Colorado, alive and recovering after briefly succumbing to a nasty little bug by the name of bubonic plague. Have you heard of it? Of course you have — but you probably didn't know people still contracted it. » 9/06/12 12:00pm 9/06/12 12:00pm

The Black Death is surprisingly similar to modern bacteria

The plague that wiped out over a third of Europe's population in the 14th century came from a bacteria known as Yersinia pestis. Now we've sequenced its genome...and it's weirdly, almost worryingly identical to its modern descendants. » 10/16/11 1:10pm 10/16/11 1:10pm

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 10:00am 9/09/11 10:00am

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 9:59am 9/09/11 9:59am

The bacterium responsible for the Black Death was once a mild stomach…

We've suspected it for awhile now, and now it's confirmed that the bacterium Yersinia pestis was responsible for the devastating plague that wiped out a third of Europe 650 years ago. But this ultimate killer started as something far different. » 8/30/11 11:18am 8/30/11 11:18am

Rats were not responsible for the Black Death

The spread of the Black Death — a devastating pandemic that ravaged European populations between 1348 and 1350 — has long been attributed to the black rat and the fleas it carried from port to port, while hitching a ride on merchant ships. » 8/22/11 1:30pm 8/22/11 1:30pm

What serial killers and epidemics have in common

Though it's often said that serial killers and diseases strike at random, a new study shows that they both kill victims in a predictable pattern. That's why the tools criminologists use to track serial killers can also pinpoint the location where an epidemic started. » 5/26/11 1:00pm 5/26/11 1:00pm

First Resident Evil: Afterlife Stills Go Deep Inside The Umbrella Corp

Milla Jovovich is back in black, as Resident Evil's T-Virus-slaying Alice. The first pictures from Resident Evil: Afterlife are filled with contaminated bodies, guns, some old friends and Alice's thigh holsters. Bring it on, lady. » 4/01/10 7:00am 4/01/10 7:00am

How The New Crazies Is Scarier Than Romero's Original

We talked infectious diseases with The Crazies director Breck Eisner. And learned the great pains he took to make sure George Romero's film was updated correctly. Rule number one: These people aren't zombies, they're alive — and full of rage! » 2/25/10 4:52pm 2/25/10 4:52pm

When The Zombies Come, Make Sure You Have Smokes

Can any short video live up to Ataque de Panico? We think this melodramatic zombie short from Matt Simpson is in the running. It's called Plague. » 12/10/09 3:35pm 12/10/09 3:35pm

Cabin Fever 2 Picks Up Right Where It Left Off, At Prom

The trailer for Cabin Fever's sequel is finally out, which means we'll all know what happened with the fancy bottled water factory that was shipping out the flesh eating disease to the rest of the world. » 12/10/09 10:00am 12/10/09 10:00am

Wax Anatomical Models of Plague Victims from the Seventeenth Century

This tableau of the rotting bodies of plague victims was created by an obscure waxwork artist over 300 years ago, in an effort to create anatomically accurate models for medical researchers. » 2/23/09 8:30am 2/23/09 8:30am