Mysterious New ‘Heartland Virus’ Discovered In Missouri

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Two men from northwestern Missouri became ill after tick bites infected them with a previously unknown virus.

tl;dr It’s new! Ticks are cocks. @NPR.org:

Two Missouri farmers have been infected with a brand-new tick-borne virus that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling the Heartland virus.

The men recovered but suffered serious illness that required hospital care and weeks of convalescence. Symptoms included fever, severe fatigue, headache and nausea. Their platelet counts plummeted, but even though platelets are necessary for blood clotting, the men didn’t suffer abnormal bleeding.

A report on the new virus is in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

So far, the Missouri men are the only known cases of Heartland virus in the world. But experts are sure they’ll find more. (more…)

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Lessons learned infiltrating an abandoned rubber factory

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I love the smell of industrial solvents in the morning. (img by Eric Jusino)

Before I knew urban exploration was a thing and before my friends and I toured an underground nuclear missile silo, a photographer friend of mine (we’ll call him Steve) and I “broke” into an abandoned rubber factory to take pictures.

If you’ve been in Denver, you’ve probably seen Gates Rubber Factory, a Gotham-looking building complex right off Broadway:

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When the sun goes down, Batman comes out and plays here. (img by Beth Jusino)

It’s a superfund site full of hideous chemicals known for slowly killing Denver residents (don’t drink the Platte), making and breaking the fortunes of real estate developers, and killing urban explorers.

At the time (a few months before the urbexp guy bit it and security went through the roof), it was stupidly easy to get into. Here are the lessons I learned getting in and checking the place out: (more…)

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The Walking Dead: Compendium One

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the Walking Dead Compendium One, (img by Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, Tony Moore)

Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection! Collects The Walking Dead #1-48. This is the perfect collection for any fan of the Emmy Award-winning television series on AMC: over one thousand pages chronicling the beginning of Robert Kirkman”s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror- from Rick Grimes” waking up alone in a hospital, to him and his family seeking solace on Hershel”s farm, and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot: The Governor. In a world ruled by the dead, we are finally forced to finally start living.

A collection of the first 48 Walking Dead comics has just been released. This paperpack reference book will help you navigate the zombie apocalypse in the event of power outages and other logistical hurdles that would prevent citing the original materials that manifest readily during zombie apocalypses, ($32).

This is the perfect compliment to season two of the Walking Dead which also came out fairly recently (DVD $40, Blu-Ray $49).

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Housecats scientifically proven to be deadly as fuck

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This cat is killing the everliving shit out of live yogurt cultures. (img by Beth Jusino)

People have speculated that housecats, but not dogs, would survive if humans completely disappeared. You look at your own cat and think “no way… this thing spends all of its time sleeping and seeking warmth. It clearly couldn’t survive without me to feed it.”

That’s because your cat downplays its essentially deadly nature, and now that we have the technology, we’ve discovered a completely different story.

UGA’s Kittycams project, in which university researchers strap on cameras supplied by National Geographic to housecats to track what they do. The collected footage shows that cats do normal cat stuff — sleeping, sniffing each other, fighting possums — but, at an average of every 17 hours outdoors, cats find something to kill.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle… against our potential feline overlords.

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Gas prices could hit $2.50 a gallon by November, analyst predicts

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Single-digit gas prices to two decimals. (img by Steve Snodgrass)

tl;dr the Saudis are probably America’s bitch.

@BBJ:

 Gas prices have been dropping steadily in Massachusetts since April, and according to at least one analyst, that may just be the tip of the iceberg.

Energy analyst Philip Verleger told Bloomberg TV that U.S. drivers could see $2.50-a-gallon gas prices by November.

The cause is two-fold, he said: the price of oil has fallen sharply recently due to over-production in Saudi Arabia and falling demand due to Europe’s economic slowdown is also a factor, said Verleger. (more…)

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Zombie Bullets In High Demand Following Flesh-Eating Attacks

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Don't sugarcoat it for me. What, exactly, is ahead of us? (img by Miserlou Behind The Aperture)

@CBS Detroit:

Worried about a zombie attack? Buy zombie bullets.

Talk about zombies and a possible zombie apocalypse has increased due to recent gory accounts of drug-induced, flesh-eating attacks in the news.

Stores across the U.S., including in Metro Detroit, are getting in on the undead action by selling Zombie Bullets, made by Hornady Manufacturing.

In promoting the product on their website, Hornady suggests, “Be PREPARED – supply yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse with Zombie Max ammunition from Hornady! Loaded with PROVEN Z-Max bullets… MAKE DEAD PERMANENT!” (more…)

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