You Think Your Commute Is Tough?
Week of May 5

Egyptian pyramidsAs much as we complain about our commutes, it doesn’t ruin our joints like it did the ancient Egyptian workers who toiled at the famous royal tombs. They had to cross the steep Theban Hills to reach the royal necropolis at the Valley of the Kings. Recent findings by Egyptologists show these workers developed osteoarthritis, or OA, in their ankles and knees.

About 3,500 years ago, royal tomb workers lived in Deir el-Medina in what is now modern Luxor. Researchers recently sorted out their bones and looked for signs of OA, which is the wear and tear that comes from overuse... More »

Death on a Breeze
Week of April 28

Positive blood test for anthraxOne April morning in 1979, death came on a breeze. Little did the people of Sverdlovsk, Russia, know, but a clandestine plant had accidentally released bioweaponized anthrax. At least 66 people died and many more would have if the wind had blown toward the city instead. Soviet officials tried blaming tainted black market meat, but after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 U.S. scientists were able to confirm that the culprit was anthrax... More »

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