Had a great visit to Van Tech this week — talked Bubonic Plague with a bunch of avid and gore-loving grade eights.
Thanks for having me, guys! [And huge thanks to librarian Margaret O’Brien, who brings me in as often as she can. I think she likes the stories as much as the kids do!]
In a weird little postscript, I found this story that _very_ day on boingboing:
In 2009, a professor of microbology at the University of Chicago was taken from his office by ambulence to hospital, where he died a few hours later …of the Bubonic Plague. So what’s someone doing dying of this particular plague in our contemporary world, with ridiculously long odds of contracting combined with ready access to antibiotics? Read more HERE. And if you have European heritage, maybe tremble a little…
To finish on the other end of the ‘cool science’ spectrum, check THIS, the most amazing shot of the space shuttle just prior to docking with the ISS — TAKEN FROM THE GROUND.
Do we not live in the MOST interesting times?