Humans love cheese: Oldest evidence of dairy processing found at ancient Croatian site

Cheese. Soft, hard, shredded, melted, sprinkled, drizzled. So many different ways to enjoy this delectable dairy goodness that comes in seemingly endless varieties. The human race loves cheese — and has for a very long time.

Archaeologists have found what could be the oldest example of ancient cheese making known to science. At two sites […]

Diapers for chickens: Yes, it’s a thing

They don’t exactly look like diapers, at least not the kind human babies wear. These diapers are more like overalls, and come in fun prints and colors, like with crouching cartoon froggies and stripes.

These diapers are for chickens, and as the backyard chicken movement grows, so too does the market for these poultry Pampers. […]

CDC debuts new comic book: ‘The Junior Disease Detectives’

Image courtesy the CDC

Now more than ever, comic book hero teams have captured the world’s attention: Marvel’s Avengers, DC’s Justice League, and, of course, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Junior Disease Detectives.

Partnering with the Department of Agriculture and 4-H, the Centers (CDC) have put out a full-length graphic novel […]

Mosquitos and the dangers they pose

Nearly a million people and countless animals are killed by mosquito-borne illnesses every year. And so, on August 20, we participate in National Mosquito Day to raise awareness of how these diseases impact us, and how we can reduce risks.

Here are some of the biggest diseases:

West Nile Virus. Awareness of West Nile Virus […]

Officials: Tickborne illness likely to increase

Tickborne illness has been on a sharp rise in the U.S., and now experts say it’s only likely to increase in the years to come.

Ticks are small arachnids that carry all kinds of pathogens that impact both humans and animals. Most common among these is Lyme disease, but others include, for example, Powassan virus, […]

Oh, rats! Chicago considered ‘rat capital’ of U.S.

On the farm or in the big city, rats are obnoxious wherever they go. Now, a recent study has pinpointed where in the U.S. they seem to be most prominent: Chicago, with the highest number of rat-related public health complaints at 50,963 in 2017.

Not only that, but Chicago’s rat problem seems to be growing. […]

Scientists unearth earliest evidence of ancient equine vet care

Photo by John Stampfl

Being an equine vet is a tough job. It takes years of schooling and experience to get there, and a whole lot of expert knowledge to master the role. Now, new archaeological evidence has shown that although our ancient ancestors had fewer drug and disease names to learn, they still […]

Are we really on the brink of a dog flu pandemic?

If you’re a dog owner (or even if you’re not), you may have been alarmed by some recent headlines going around: Dogs have been identified as a potential cause for the spread of the flu — on a pandemic level.

What does this mean, though? Is there a new type of dog flu we should […]

How to use your pizza pouch the food safety way

The pizza pouch: just one of many gag gifts to go viral on the Internet.

These clear, plastic, zip-locked triangular pouches hung from lanyards are worn around the neck and are the perfect size to carry a single slice of pizza. Whether as a fashion statement or to provide a tasty snack on-the-go, the idea […]

In ‘draw-a-scientist’ studies, more kids draw women than before

Quick, think of a scientist.

Who did you picture? Researchers for years have been gaining insight into societal views by asking this question to children and documenting what they imagine, which in turn reveals a lot about how their generation sees the world.

One area this kind of test illuminates is gender roles. In the […]