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One Virus Has Wiped Out 10 Percent of America’s Pigs in the Last Year

Last spring, a killer vir­us sud­denly ap­peared on a hog farm in Ohio.<p>Now, al­most a year since it was first de­tec­ted, the vir­us has spread to 30 …

Pigs

Laser Cowboys and the Fossils of the Future

3D-scanning technology is changing the way researchers investigate and conserve precious artifacts and major scientific finds.<p><b>One morning in November 2011</b>, trucks were roaring down the Pan-American Highway, carrying loads of ore from mines in the Atacama Desert to the port town of Caldera, Chile. …

The Month In Plagues: A Deadly Fungus, Genetically-Engineered Mosquitoes, And More

Here are some links on infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web this past month. Have more? Add them in the comments.<p><b>In outbreak news</b><p>The Guinea Ebola epidemic got a lot of press this month. Doctor’s Without Boarders reportedly said the scale of the outbreak is “unprecedented.” …

Microbiology

The Problem With the New Isolationism

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine and Russia has once again focused attention on the question of America’s international role. There is, across the …

Political Science

Vintage Public Health Posters Show Just How Creepy The 20th Century Was

Last week, we marveled at the unnerving Chinese health posters from 1933 that showed the human body as a kind of bizarre factory. But those aren't …

Microbe Cross-Stitch: Handle Weave Care - Technabob

Artist Alicia Watkins zooms in on microorganisms and viruses not with a microscope but with needle and thread. Her Etsy shop is filled with handmade …