Flu vs COVID-19: Facts and Figures

You’ve seen it on social media, heard it at school, or maybe even said it yourself (gasp). "The flu has killed thousands of people, why does it matter if 30 people have died of this new virus” the line goes. “This new virus is not any more dangerous than the flu” or "People are overreacting". It is understandable that people are grasping to attach COVID to something they know and understand. It is psychologically comforting to connect an unknown with a known. It makes us feel better....
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COVID-19 Misconceptions

The following are a list of common misconceptions and the most accurate and reliable information we can find to combat each one. If you disagree with any of the information in the post, have questions or anything to add- please post in the comments or on Social Media. We always love to engage in academic discussions with our readers. Following each misconception is an explanation. Misconception #1 A vaccine to cure COVID-19 is available. (OR- The Flu Vaccine will work) This is...
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Everyone Poops- but Dogs use Magnetoreception

Dogs join cattle, deer, red foxes, coyotes and grey wolves as yet another mammal to have a mechanism of "magnetoreception". Evidently everyone poops but not all of us use the magnetic field to select our perfect spot. For anyone who has had the experience of walking a dog or waiting patiently for them to do their business, it is common to perceive them walking in a deliberate manner and making a "choice" for their perfect spot.   Buster sniffs the ground, walks in a circle...
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STEMtastic Sports: Baseball

Have you ever wondered about the STEMtastic Elements of Sports? The NCAA Baseball tournament is upon us.  It is one of the best times of the year to see America's Favorite Pastime played with heart and soul while also delving into the science behind the game. There are various aspects of science in baseball, and both batters and hitters use physics in every at bat. Since major league pitches are so hard to hit, physics is sometimes unknowingly used to make it easier to connect with the bal...
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Oroville Emergency- What’s the Dam problem?

Oroville Emergency
The Oroville dam, the highest dam in the United States, after a major break in its spillway, has reached its emergency level for the first time since it was built. With a height of 235 meters, it was inaugurated on November 14, 1967. It is a loose material dam of more than 61 million m3, being the second longest dam in the United States of its kind. For more historical information, check out this article on the Oroville Dam. On to the current crisis- The water level at Oroville peaked on S...
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Salmonella and Backyard Chickens: Are your pets in danger? What you need to know…

Salmonella
As a concerned member of the University of Georgia Veterinary community, the recent report  by NPR on the outbreak of Salmonella in Backyard Chickens is concerning.  Not only can the birds themselves have health concerns but they could be vectors for the spread to other pets, children and adults.  Here is what you need to know: In October 2016, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia released a report that a record high number of salmonella infections have been linked to bac...
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Record python captured in Florida removal effort

A gigantic Burmese python stretching a record-setting 16 feet long and weighing 140 pounds was among the more than 2,000 pounds of snakes captured in southwest Florida over the past three months, the Bradenton Herald reported Friday. There was no specific information immediately available as to the location of reptile that researchers said set a Sunshine State record. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is quick to explain that the removal program is not a "hunting pr...
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