Monthly Archives: January 2014


Chicken-what? Unless you happen to be familiar with tropical diseases, odds are pretty good that you have no idea what I am talking about. Chikungunya is a viral disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The word “chikungunya” comes from the … Continue reading

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Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks

The Council on Foreign Relations addresses a wide range of topics, and if you explore the website you will discover that they have a section for interactive publications. Among these publications is an interactive map that plots global outbreaks (since … Continue reading

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Dragonflies and damselflies

I thought I might write about one of my favorite insects. I mean, I think just about all insects are pretty awesome, but we all have favorites…right? Anyhow, I have been fascinated by dragonflies for as long as I can … Continue reading

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Apparently large predators are big news right now…I mean, one lousy Science paper comes out and suddenly everyone is chanting “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” No, seriously. That is how NPR led off the story that aired this … Continue reading

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What is Leishmaniasis? Sounds a bit like a psychological disorder of some sort, but in fact it is a vector-borne disease caused by parasitic protozoa of the genus Leishmania (pictured above). Despite the fact that Leishmania is one of the … Continue reading

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