UK coronavirus variant may be more deadly, early evidence suggests

Officials in the United Kingdom say the U.K. variant of the novel coronavirus may be more deadly than other strains, but they stress that the evidence for this is still very uncertain.  This variant, called B.1.1.7, was first identified in Kent, England, in September 2020 and has since spread around the world. This variant is […]

Deadly snowstorms cause chaos across Spain

Firefighters helped by the army, freed hundreds of motorists overnight Snowstorms across much of Spain left three people dead and caused chaos across much of the country, trapping motorists and closing the capital’s air and rail links, with more falls to come Saturday. On Friday, Madrid experienced its heaviest snowfalls since 1971 after what the […]

Deadly centipede ‘king’ rules over a poison hellscape cave

A venomous centipede is the top predator in a pitch-black poison cave that hasn’t seen daylight in more than 5.5 million years.  Located in Romania, Movile Cave is over 65 feet (20 meters) below the surface, and its warm, moist air is low in oxygen and thick with toxic gasses, which feed chemosynthetic bacteria. Yet […]

Deadly ‘brain-eating amoeba’ has expanded its range northward

Deadly “brain-eating amoeba” infections have historically occurred in the Southern United States. But cases have been appearing farther north in recent years, likely because of climate change, a new study finds. The study researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), examined cases of this brain-eating amoeba, known as Naegleria fowleri, over a […]

Plastic waste forms huge, deadly masses in camel guts

Marcus Eriksen was studying plastic pollution in the Arabian Gulf when he met camel expert Ulrich Wernery. “[Ulrich] said, ‘You want to see plastic? Come with me.’ So we went deep into the desert,” Eriksen recalls. Before long, they spotted a camel skeleton and began to dig through sand and bones. “We unearthed this mass […]

Tasmanian devils may survive a deadly face cancer epidemic after all

Tasmanian devils were supposed to be extinct by now. With a deadly, highly contagious face cancer tearing through devil populations, forecasts over the past decade or so spelled imminent doom for the iconic marsupial. Only 25,000 or so devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) remain, down from about 150,000 in the 1990s, but a new analysis offers hope. […]

How some ticks protect themselves from deadly bacteria on human skin

Ticks may have reason to be as wary of us as we are of them. Bacteria that are potentially deadly to the bloodsuckers live on human skin. But a gene from bacteria that ticks incorporated into their genetic code around 40 million years ago helps protect the arachnids from those would-be microbial killers, a new […]

Pesticide deadly to bees now easily detected in honey — ScienceDaily

A common insecticide that is a major hazard for honeybees is now effectively detected in honey thanks to a simple new method. Researchers at the University of Waterloo developed an environmentally friendly, fully automated technique that extracts pyrethroids from the honey. Pyrethroids are one of two main groups of pesticides that contribute to colony collapse […]

Pesticide deadly to bees now easily detected in honey

Professor Janusz Pawliszyn transformed his lawn into a wildflower meadow to attract bees. Credit: Janusz Pawliszyn A common insecticide that is a major hazard for honeybees is now effectively detected in honey thanks to a simple new method. Researchers at the University of Waterloo developed an environmentally friendly, fully automated technique that extracts pyrethroids from […]