I pulled a lone star tick off my thigh yesterday and because it’s been about five years since that happened, I might have screamed — a lot — when I found it.
And then, this morning, I read this: Red Meat Allergies Caused By Tick Bites Are On The Rise: ‘”I found [the tick] 3 or 4 inches to the left of my hip bone,” Stirling recalls. At the time, she say, she didn’t think much of it. “I just took it off and threw it away.” Then, three weeks later, after she ate an Italian-style pork sausage for dinner, she had a horrible reaction. The reaction began about six hours after her meal, which is typical of this allergy.’
In a month I’ll let you know if I can still eat burgers and pork dumplings. There are many worse fates than a red meat allergy, but come on.
That said, nature is still magical:
We’ve got a Mama Box Turtle. She decided the side of the driveway would be an awesome place to dig a hole for her eggs (you can see the full process in this video, which is supposed to be embedded below, but I can’t tell if it’s working). My dad marked the spot, so we’ll be careful to avoid it, but in about three months, give or take, there should be some soft-shelled infants emerging from the earth.
In other not-so-great Nature News:
- How ‘Desus & Mero’ Conquered Late Night: “But more important, in a landscape in which black people dominate the culture but have few recognized channels to respond to it, the show, which stars two American black men, provides a venue for black authority in the mainstream.”
- ‘On Sunday at a press conference in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, South Korea football coach Shin Tae-yong told reporters that he made players switch shirts during recent friendlies to “confuse” opponents. Shin said that this was possible as Westerners struggle to distinguish Asian people.”
- Searching for Burma’s forgotten World War Two heroes: “The soldiers who fought for Britain in Burma (now Myanmar) in World War Two have often been called the Forgotten Army, but the Burmese who formed part of this army were truly forgotten by the UK in the decades after the war. For the last 11 years, reports film-maker Alex Bescoby, a group of British volunteers has been struggling to find survivors and to help them in the final years of their lives.”
- Neanderthal ‘minibrains’ grown in dish: ‘His team has coaxed stem cells endowed with Neanderthal DNA into pea-size masses that mimic the cortex, the outer layer of real brains. Compared with cortical minibrains made with typical human cells, the Neanderthal organoids have a different shape and differences in their neuronal networks, including some that may have influenced the species’s ability to socialize. “We’re trying to recreate Neanderthal minds,” Muotri says.’