For the last year and a half, sea stars all along North America's Pacific coast - from Baja California all the way to Alaska - have been withering away into nothingness. Today, researchers announced they've found the culprit: it's a virus.
America's got pretty good at using drones to hunt and kill big tangible things, but Hellfire missiles and Reapers aren't all that good at tracking little insects. But that hasn't stopped researchers from using (smaller, less deadly) drones to help fight the spread of infectious disease.
Scientists can track deadly hantavirus-carrying mice (yes, deadly mice) using satellite images of flourishing vegetation, according to a new study. Spying on mouse food from space could give doctors the ability to predict outbreaks—and save lives. [Live Science]