CDC issues new warning about salmonella from pet turtles
August 30, 2017, 10:56 a.m. by John Platt
Small turtles are illegal, but they are still available from many less-reputable dealers.
Chagas disease more deadly than previously thought
May 23, 2017, 11:18 a.m. by John Platt
Transmitted by the assassin or kissing bug, this parasite can cause fatal heart disease.
Melting ice could release ancient viruses hidden in glaciers
May 8, 2017, 10:56 a.m. by John Platt
As global warming thaws permafrost, bacteria that have been frozen for millennia may come back to life.
The strange history of the man-eating lions of Tsavo
April 20, 2017, 12:05 p.m. by John Platt
The lions reportedly killed up to 135 people in 1898, but does the truth live up to the myth?
The 1919 Boston Molasses Flood: The forgotten tragedy too bizarre for the history books
November 28, 2016, 1:05 p.m. by John Platt
A 30-foot wave of molasses claimed the lives of 21 people and injured 150 more.
Meet the man who invented the emoticon ... in 1879
September 25, 2014, 5:29 p.m. by John Platt
Walter C. Phillips invented a code to help speed telegraph transmissions. 88 = Love.