Mysterious ticks from Asia that can carry a deadly virus and drain cattle of their blood are now in the US — and efforts to kill them are failing

Shutterstock/MR.AUKID PHUMSIRICHA Last November, an Icelandic sheep in New Jersey was found to be covered by Haemaphysalis longicornis or East Asian longhorned ticks. These ticks can carry a deadly virus known as SFTS and may also be able to transmit Lyme Disease and other pathogens. The ticks survived the winter and have survived efforts to […]

There’s a 30-person college in the California desert where students work off their tuition on a cattle ranch — and it produces Rhodes Scholars and Pulitzer Prize winners

Deep Springs College Facebook Deep Springs College is a two-year school with only 12 to 15 students per class. Student attend for free, but must work 20 hours a week to pay their way. Students hold jobs on the farm and ranch, and cook, clean, and maintain vehicles. Deep Springs College is a tiny 30-person-or-less […]

Great Western Trail review: A brilliant strategy game about cattle caravans

Enlarge / Adorable cowboy meeples come standard. (credit: Tom Mendelsohn) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com—and let us know what you think. To some, the term “heavy Euro” might imply an especially minimal genre of EDM only heard at 6am on a […]