A historian identifies the worst year in human history

A Harvard professor's study discovers the worst year to be alive.

Credit: Pieter Bruegel the Elder. (Museo del Prado).
  • Harvard professor Michael McCormick argues the worst year to be alive was 536 AD.
  • The year was terrible due to cataclysmic eruptions that blocked out the sun and the spread of the plague.
  • 536 ushered in the coldest decade in thousands of years and started a century of economic devastation.
Keep reading Show less

Mysterious vomiting disease in dogs is due to novel coronavirus

A newly discovered coronavirus — but not the one that causes COVID-19 — has made some dogs very sick.

Photo by Brett Sayles from Pexels
  • A different coronavirus outbreak in late 2019 made many dogs in the UK very ill.
  • The strangeness of the disease led veterinarians to send questionnaires to their peers and pet owners.
  • The findings point toward the need for better systems to identify disease outbreaks in animals.
Keep reading Show less

COVID-19 survivor’s guilt is a growing problem as we confront our losses

A psychologist and a doctor of emergency medicine explain.

Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images

People are eager to return to normal after a year of coronavirus, but is the U.S. there yet? Hardly. The ongoing psychological and spiritual damage caused by the pandemic is rising, too.

Keep reading Show less

Can you still spread coronavirus after getting the vaccine?

The vaccine will shorten the "shedding" time.

Fredrik Lerneryd/Getty Images
Editor's note: So you've gotten your coronavirus vaccine, waited the two weeks for your immune system to respond to the shot and are now fully vaccinated.
Keep reading Show less

Eight women at the forefront of the world’s COVID-19 response

Beyond making up 70% of the world's health workers, women researchers have been at the cutting edge of coronavirus research.

Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
  • The gender gap persists, as only 33% of the world's researchers are women.
  • Here are just some of the women making lasting contributions in the fight against COVID-19.
  • They include Dr Özlem Türeci, co-founder of BioNTech, which helped produce the first vaccine.
Keep reading Show less
Quantcast