Ticks could spread weaponized bacteria – but B. burgdorferi that causes Lyme isn’t one of them. Kelvin Ma/Tufts University

No, Lyme disease is not an escaped military bioweapon, despite what conspiracy theorists say

Sam Telford, Tufts University

Scientists know the bacterium that causes Lyme disease has been out in the wild since long before any biological weapons research could have focused on it. And that's just for starters.

A damaged Confederate statue lies on a pallet in a warehouse in Durham, N.C. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, after protesters yanked it off its pedestal in front of a government building. AP Photo/Allen Breed

A Confederate statue graveyard could help bury the Old South

Jordan Brasher, University of Tennessee; Derek H. Alderman, University of Tennessee

Where do old Confederate statues go when they die? The former Soviet bloc countries could teach the US something about dealing with monuments from a painful past.


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