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Geography in the News: Polio Returns with Tenacity

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Polio’s Tenacity a Constant Battle Just as the eradication of the crippling polio disease seemed within reach, it is advancing again and new questions are rising. Ignorance of science and medicine by the general public, migration from war-torn regions and possibly a new strain…

Geography in the News: Malaria

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM  Malaria: The Geography of a Debilitating Disease Malaria has been a longtime scourge upon many countries of the world. Malaria was wiped out in the  U.S. South in the 1930’s, confirming epidemiologists’ and the medical community’s belief that this disease could be eradicated in…

Geography in the News: Dengue Fever Threat Much Greater

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com DENGUE FEVER Reports of dengue fever were rare in Florida until 2009 when physicians began diagnosing cases around Key West in individuals who had not traveled outside the state. National Public Radio recently reported that, with mosquito season under way in 2011,…

R Coronae Australis: A New Kind of “Starry Night”

Dr. Who take note: If Vincent van Gogh could’ve hung about longer in 2010, he might have discovered an unexpected affinity for really big telescopes. At least, this new picture of the nebulous region around the star R Coronae Australis certainly invokes the famed Impressionist’s “Starry Night” on a truly cosmic scale. —Picture courtesy ESO…