February 2018

Return of the M.Leprae

Mycobacterium leprae, aka Leprosy, has long been on the epidemiological back-burner, but recent findings of a genetic mutation suggest it may be time to pay attention to our ancient fiend.

It only took roughly 3,000 years, but it has finally happened.  Mycobacterium leprae, aka Leprosy, has long been on the epidemiological back-burner, but recent findings of a genetic mutation suggest it may be time to pay attention to our ancient fiend.  An ambitious group of scientists have made it their mission to sequence and study 154 global strains. Hansen’s disease, as Leprosy is commonly known as, is an infection that dates back to Asia in 1,000 BCE.

The Eastern Cougar Is No More

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) declared this week that the big cat who scoured up and down the East Coast is officially extinct.

It is with a heavy heart that the animal community said goodbye to Puma concolor cougar, the Eastern Cougar. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) declared this week that the big cat who scoured up and down the East Coast is officially extinct. An investigation launched in 2011 revealed that the creature has not been seen in the wild for roughly 80 years. It is believed the last Eastern Cougar was hunted in Maine right before World War II.

Robots Hit the Slopes for the First Time in Pyeongchang

Robots Hit the Slopes for the First Time in Pyeongchang

About an hour west of Pyeongchang a different kind of skiing competition was taking place. On Monday, South Korea hosted the first-ever "Edge of Robot: Ski Robot challenge" at the Welli Hilli ski resort. Eight robotics teams completed for a $10,000 prize.



While the competing teams came from univiersities, institutes, and private companie alike, they all had to meet the follow criteria:

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