Did mycotoxins cause the Salem witch trials?

It’s funny how a bit of drama from over 300 years ago can remain a hot topic centuries later.

If you grew up in the U.S., you probably learned about the Salem witch trials of 1692, when over 200 people around the colonial Massachusetts town of Salem were accused of witchcraft and 19 were hanged.

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Alternative Halloween ideas: Visiting the spooky ice cream ‘Flavor Graveyard’

If the haunted Halloween corn maze on the outside of town is too spooky for your liking, never fear — one ice cream company has an alternative tour that’s perfect for the faint of heart, or at the very least the sweet-toothed.

Ben & Jerry’s, an American company known for its wide array of ice […]

Dogs: Not as smart as we think they are?

Sometimes, society seems obsessed with dogs. Canine companions are considered loving, cute and intelligent, and science seems to back all of these up.

Popular understandings of scientific research sum it up like this: Doggy intelligence is on par with that of a two-year-old child, and this is somewhat true, if you look at findings from […]

First case of rat hepatitis in a human documented in Hong Kong

Perhaps the only positive thing that can be said about rat hepatitis E is that it belongs to rats, and we humans don’t have to deal with it.

At least, that’s what we thought. The scientific and medical perspective of the disease has now been shattered after a man in Hong Kong was found […]

NASCAR speedway returns to its roots with organic track-side farm

Known to racing fans as “The Tricky Triangle,” the Pocono Raceway is one of only seven superspeedways in the United States, nestled in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.

It’s also known for its pioneering environmental initiatives. A 25-acre farm of solar panels, completed in 2010, makes the raceway the largest solar-powered sports facility on […]

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’

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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, […]