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 […]

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. […]