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Portrait of Science: What do Cows, LSD and The Salem Witch Trials have in Common? Ergot!

This is the part where I usually start with a snarky quip – a little heavy-handed witticism and an awful joke or two about some microbe or your brain (or about some microbe inside your brain). 1,903 more words

Science Communication

What is there to see?

The Boy Scout/Crow Point trail is one that some of us walk several times a year. We get to know every rise and turn pretty well. 902 more words

What's Your Poison? Ergot!

Did you know:

  • Ergot is a toxic fungus that grows mainly on rye plants.
  • Claviceps purpurea can also infect barley, oats, and wheat.
  • It reduces the crop yield and causes a disease called…
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Medieval Monday: The Labors of August

The most crucial labor in August was harvesting and threshing the rye and winter wheat, which would have to sustain the community through many months to come. 578 more words

Allison D. Reid

June 24, 1374 Dancing Plague

A legend of the medieval Christian church had it that, if anyone provoked the wrath of Saint Vitus, the Sicilian martyred in 303AD, he would send down plagues of compulsive dancing.  446 more words