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2014-01-15 14:29:54

Recent highlights in Molecular Biology and Evolution Defensins, as their name implies, are small proteins found in plants and animals that help ward off viral, bacterial or fungal pests. One fascinating question of invertebrate evolution is how these proteins evolved into venoms to attack their prey. Based on structural similarity, it was proposed that scorpion toxins and antimicrobial invertebrate defensins could have a common ancestor. To address how a nontoxic protein develops into a...

Grasshopper Mice Do Not Feel The Pain Of The Bark Scorpion Sting
2013-10-24 15:33:23

Michigan State University University of Texas at Austin The painful, potentially deadly stings of bark scorpions are nothing more than a slight nuisance to grasshopper mice, which voraciously kill and consume their prey with ease. When stung, the mice briefly lick their paws and move in again for the kill. The grasshopper mice are essentially numb to the pain, scientists have found, because the scorpion toxin acts as an analgesic rather than a pain stimulant. The scientists...

Earliest Known Scorpion Fossil Discovered In South Africa
2013-09-03 12:41:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists publishing a study in the journal African Invertebrate say they have discovered a 350-million-year-old fossilized scorpion. The specimen, discovered in rocks from the Devonian Witteberg Group near Grahamstown, is a new species of scorpion called Gondwanascorpio emzantsiensis. Dr Robert Gess, from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University, discovered the specimen, which is said to be the oldest known land-living...

New Scorpion Species Found In Andes
2013-06-05 15:35:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The new species Tityus (Atreus) crassicauda is described as having a reddish-brown coloration with three longitudinal brown stripes separated by yellow patches. Classified as medium sized, the scorpion averages about 2 inches in length. In the Ecuadorian winter of 2012, researchers collected scorpions from mountains within the country´s Andean region. A male and female from those collections were determined to be a new species...

Scorpion Sting Costs Arizona Woman Dearly
2012-09-07 05:54:56

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A woman in Arizona was recently charged a hefty fee after treatment for a sting from a scorpion, adding scrutiny to the debate on the cost of health care in the U.S. In particular, Marcie Edmonds stated that she received a medical bill for over $83,000 from the Chandler Regional Medical Center. According to the Huffington Post, the bill included two doses of anti-venom that cost almost $40,000 for each dose. Humana,...

2012-04-12 14:21:58

VALENCIA, Calif., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In early 2012, Scorpion Design, Inc. was honored with the 2012 Internet Advertising Competition Award for Best Legal Website for their work with Houston firm Arnold & Itkin on their offshore injury site. After receiving this prestigious recognition, Scorpion Design's CEO Rustin Kretz decided that it was time to push the design and technological envelope on their own website at www.scorpiondesign.com - using it to showcase their...

Image 1 - The King Of Wasps And Scorpio Rising
2012-03-24 05:48:17

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Discovery of a new giant wasp species last year has led to the discovery of an even larger species than had been sitting in a collection for 80 years. Megalara garuda hails from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the same island where a team led by professor Lynn Kimsey (UC Davis) discovered the wasp´s slightly smaller relative Dalara garuda. Both species belong to the digger wasp family, a diverse group of wasps that sting and paralyze prey insects....

2012-01-25 12:56:15

Taking inspiration from the yellow fattail scorpion, which uses a bionic shield to protect itself against scratches from desert sandstorms, scientists have developed a new way to protect the moving parts of machinery from wear and tear. A report on the research appears in ACS' journal Langmuir. Zhiwu Han, Junqiu Zhang, Wen Li and colleagues explain that "solid particle erosion" is one of the important reasons for material damage or equipment failure. It causes millions of dollars of damage...

2011-09-19 22:50:00

Gila monsters are large venomous lizards. Although envenomation by the Gila monster is not often fatal to adult humans, it results in intense pain, swelling, weakness, and nausea. A team of researchers, led by Stephen Galli, at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, has now uncovered a natural mechanism by which mice reduce the toxicity, and thereby the morbidity and mortality, of Gila monster venom – immune cells known as mast cells release the protein MCPT4, which degrades...

2011-09-13 10:52:00

In the news release, Rare Disease Therapeutics, Inc. Selects Accredo Health Group to Distribute Anascorp® for the Treatment of Centruroides Scorpion Sting Envenomation, issued 13-Sep-2011 by Medco Health Solutions, Inc. over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the dateline cities should read "FRANKLIN and MEMPHIS, Tenn." rather than "FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. and MEMPHIS, Tenn." as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows: Rare Disease...