National Puppy Day: 7 dog facts

Big eyes, little noses, fuzzy ears and wagging tails. For these reasons and more we love to celebrate National Puppy Day each year on March 23. With their seemingly boundless energy, and the way that energy can actually dissipate in a second and give way to gentle naps, puppies have captured our hearts probably since […]

As permafrost thaws, could ‘zombie pathogens’ make a comeback?

Photo courtesy the U.S. National Parks Service

Undead beings from an ancient era, frozen in time and released upon a modern society that has forgotten them — sounds like a horror movie premise, right?

Scientists have been discussing whether this scenario will become reality, but don’t worry about fighting off a hoard of zombies […]

Microbiology emojis to hit phones this year

The global nonprofit organization that coordinates emojis (yes, such a thing exists) is releasing over 150 new emojis this year, including common laboratory and microbiology-related icons.

The Unicode Consortium, which maintains the software and data standards that allow emojis to be consistent across devices, has included in its latest batch six symbols that will be […]

Deadly Aztec outbreak may have been Salmonella, study finds

With cities seemingly floating on water, stone temples and palaces, and warriors decked out in jaguar skins with obsidian blades, the Aztec Empire was the most powerful empire to ever exist in Central America. Now, researchers have found a possible factor contributing to the society’s downfall: Salmonella.

At its peak, the Aztec Empire was one […]

Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Japanese authorities battle bird flu outbreak — Poultry World Japanese authorities have culled 92,000 chickens following the discovery of the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza strain in the west of the country.

Every pen, every […]

Monday links

Photo by Mauricio Lima via Flickr

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Extended cold spells pose risks to livestock — University of Kentucky Residents of the Northern Hemisphere already are deep in the throes of winter, with a long stretch […]

Raw water a raw, dangerous deal

We’ve written before about the dangers of raw meat, raw milk and raw eggs, but never did we suspect that raw water would ever come up.

Raw water is the latest “health” trend. In short, it’s unfiltered water packaged and resold at the store — and from one company, it sells for around $61 USD […]

Good dogs: Study tracks 3,000 Golden Retrievers to understand canine cancer

Who’s a good dog? The 3,044 Golden Retrievers whose lives have been dedicated to a major research project that could improve canine life quality, that’s who.

The dogs are part of a study, which stretches across the U.S., that scientists hope will reveal the mysteries behind why dogs get cancer. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, […]

Holiday myths debunked

Some holiday myths and legends are fun: sugarplum fairies, North Pole elves and flying reindeer. Others are simply misleading science. Here, we’ll clear up some misconceptions.

Myth 1: Alcohol can kill all the germs in my homemade eggnog

Let’s start from the beginning. Eggnog is made with eggs. Raw or unclean eggs are a big […]

Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Meet the man fighting to save America’s rarest chickens — Popular Science After World War II, demand for chicken in the United States soared. A three-year breeding contest sought the “Chicken of Tomorrow,” creating the […]