When Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II, Nazi commanders had another worry besides the Red Army. Epidemics of typhus fever, which is transmitted by body lice, killed untold numbers of soldiers and civilians during and after World War I.
As World War II raged, typhus reappeared in war-torn areas and in Jewish ghettos, where cramped, harsh conditions were a perfect breeding ground for lice.
Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:42 am
Sometimes called the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.
Between 2008 and 2012, kids' participation in lacrosse climbed 158 percent to a little more than three-quarters of a million, according to a survey conducted by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association/Physical Activity Council. At the same time participation in baseball, basketball, football and soccer has either stagnated or declined.
Earlier this year, Here & Nowtold the story of the so-called “Clovis boy,” a young boy buried in what is now Montana, more than 12,000 years ago. His remains were discovered there in 1968 and eventually his DNA was analyzed, showing the boy was part of the Clovis culture, which existed in North America about 13,000 years ago.
"A lady had a snake in a bag. When somebody opened the bag, that made the lady die."
That's the beginning of a story that Temba Morris often hears about the origins of Ebola. Morris runs a government health clinic in a remote village near Sierra Leone's border with Guinea. According to the story, somebody else then looked inside the bag.
"And the one who opened the bag also died," is what Morris hears next. The snake escaped into the Sierra Leone bush.
So there you have it: Ebola is an evil snake that will kill you if you look at it.
Less than a year after his lenient jail sentence for an admitted rapist stirred outrage, a Montana judge was publicly reprimanded today. In giving a former high school teacher only a 30-day jail sentence, District Judge G. Todd Baugh said the man's victim, a student, seemed older than her age, 14.
Airlines continue to avoid Eastern Ukraine after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down there last week. Some, like Delta, are avoiding all of Ukraine.
There had been warnings issued about flying in the airspace above Eastern Ukraine before the crash, but only up to 32,000 feet. The Malaysia Airlines jet was flying above that, and was only near the restricted space, not in it, when it was shot down.
Yahoo is set to buy the mobile advertising company Flurry. It’s a relatively modest deal by Silicon valley standards — reportedly about $200 million — and Flurry is not a company that consumers know or care about, but the deal has the tech industry buzzing.
Peter Kafka of Re/code says that’s because Yahoo is trying to solve a problem that other tech giants are facing — how to increase advertising revenue from mobile ads.