Scientists sequence the genome of Lil Bub, celebrity cat

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With a couple of extra toes, a case of dwarfism, no teeth and a tongue that perpetually hangs out of her mouth, Lil Bub is one of the Internet’s most beloved animals. She (and her owner) have spent years as advocates for animal shelters, inspiring tens […]

Science: Ticks are more likely to cause red meat allergies than we thought

We like to imagine that being bitten by a bug will give us cool, arachnid-based super powers — not food allergies.

But evidence has shown bites from certain species of ticks can lead to a temporary allergy to alpha-gal, a sugar found in red meats like beef, lamb and pork. Scientists have said that the […]

The food safety of your phone’s newest emojis

Later this year you’ll be able to adorn your texts and tweets with a cornucopia of new food-related emojis (though sadly, we have yet to receive an actual cornucopia emoji), among others.

The Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit tech organization that coordinates the coding of emojis, text and other symbols between all computers and devices, announced […]

‘Dating app for cows’ helps farmers match cattle

The latest matchmaking app to hit smartphones is like many others: swipe one way for a match, swipe another to reject. The only problem is that it’s a little hard for the targets being matched to swipe with their hooves.

Tudder is an app that allows farmers to swipe through pictures of cattle that might […]

Pest control lookout: Asian longhorned tick

Image courtesy the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A self-cloning tick previously unknown in the U.S. is being found in greater numbers in much of the eastern half of the country, and researchers are working hard to find new ways to understand and combat the invasive pest.

The Asian longhorned tick was […]

Should mustard-allergic people be wary of canola oil?

It’s hard enough to be allergic to one food, but when cross-reactivity strikes, food-allergic individuals may find themselves unable to eat seemingly unrelated food products.

Take the case of mustard. Of all the spices, mustard tends to provoke the most severe allergic reactions. According to Healthline, mustard allergies are most common in the United Kingdom, […]

This holiday season: No raw cookie dough, and no raw hamburger

We go over it every year. When you make cookie dough for your holiday cookies, wait until you’ve baked it before eating.

We know, we know. Cookie dough is delicious. Delicious, but dangerous. A number of ingredients can cause foodborne illness. Raw eggs are associated with Salmonella, and raw flour, which is usually not processed […]

Trash is the biggest factor in rat infestations, researchers say

Around the world, more than 35 diseases are known to be easily spread by rats and the ticks and fleas that live on them. The Black Plague, the most famous pandemic to strike mankind, was spread in part by rats stowing away on European merchant ships.

Naturally, we humans have a vested interest in keeping […]

Animals can track the passing of time, science says

Preparing your dog’s dinner in the kitchen, you get a text message. You stop, sit down, and type out a response. “Fido won’t mind waiting a minute,” you say to yourself as he watches from his empty bowl.

Science says that, actually, Fido might mind.

Researchers from Illinois’s Northwestern University looked at the medial […]

Knickers the Australian steer and other massive cattle

You may have heard about Knickers, an enormous Australian steer who made headlines this week after it was reported that he was simply too big for the butcher shop. But did you know Knickers isn’t the largest steer in the world?

Standing at 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing about 1.4 tons, Knickers is […]