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Penis-shaped mushroom named after frog expert

Herpetologist Robert Drewes will forever be remembered for his two-inch Phallus .

In the upcoming issue of the journal Mycologia , scientists describe a new species of stinkhorn fungus from Africa, which they christened Phallus drewesii in honor of their expedition leader...

June 15, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

FDA likely to regulate tobacco

After winning sizable majorities in both House and Senate this week, a new bill would allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco.

June 12, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

For most (but not all) digital television has arrived

Today marks the deadline for broadcasters throughout the United States to switch their signals from analog to digital, a move that's been debated, decried and delayed by the government, broadcasters and viewers alike...

June 12, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Foul fowl: Chicken tops government list of most frequently sickening fare

Chicken takes the cake as the most common source of food poisoning in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released today. The report, which analyzed data from 2006's outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in the U.S., found that chicken caused 21 percent of the 27,634 reported cases of food poisoning...

June 12, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Are urban tapeworms on the rise?

Anthony Franz says an undercooked salmon salad gave him a 9-foot-tapeworm, and in August he sued the Chicago restaurant that served it to him. 

If Franz’s tapeworm tale holds water – and the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the restaurant disputes his account – then it’s just one more data point to add to a growing urban tapeworm problem...

June 11, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

WHO: H1N1 spread has reached pandemic level

Although the H1N1 virus has not proven as deadly as the annual bouts of seasonal flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic threat level today from 5 to 6, the highest designation, signaling that there has been substantial "community transmission" on multiple continents. 

At least 28,774 cases of the virus have been reported in 74 countries, and 144 people have died, the WHO reports on its Web site...

June 11, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

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