In 1492, syphilis sailed the ocean blue.

In 1492, syphilis sailed the ocean blue.

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue but is that the whole story?

Here, I will talk about the microbes that also shared the famous journey you have probably never heard about. Not only did these microbes play a role in the events that transpired in the New World, returning microbes changed Europe forever evolving into one of the first global diseases, syphilis.

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Why a fungus makes a great causative agent for a zombie outbreak

Why a fungus makes a great causative agent for a zombie outbreak

Fade in, the main character is introduced engaged in some facet of mundane, everyday life to soon be plunged into the chaos of a horrible outbreak of zombie disease.

But, how plausible is this scenario, really?

Although I may not favor a zombie outbreak caused by an engineered virus gone haywire, a mind-controlling fungus is something I can totally believe.

Here's why.

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Mosquito War

Mosquito War

Mosquito season is in full bloom. 

It's that lovely time of year when the weather is warm, the days are long and sunny, and all I want to do is play outside.  It's time to hike, swim, bbq, and get eaten alive by mosquitoes.  If you're like me (and hopefully you're lucky enough not to be), then the mosquitoes love you more than anyone else around and your skin's reaction resembles that of a confused pufferfish.

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