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2011-06-27 05:45:00

Researchers in Australia have found that a chemical compound typically used on heart patients may raise chances of survival for snakebite victims. The study, published in Nature Medicine, claims chemical nitric oxide can slow down, by as much as 50 percent, the time it takes for snake venom to enter the bloodstream allowing time for victims to seek medical help, said lead author Dirk van Helden, professor at the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Newcastle in Australia. Reuters...

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2011-05-17 07:34:24

The biophysics of snakebites For years Professor Leo von Hemmen, a biophysicist at the TU Muenchen, and Professor Bruce Young, a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, have been researching the sense of hearing in snakes. While discussing the toxicity of their snakes, it dawned on them that only few snakes inject their venom into their victims' bodies using hollow poison fangs. Yet, even though the vast majority of poisonous reptiles lack hollow fangs, they are effective...

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2011-04-14 13:07:43

Officials in New Delhi have injected microchips into snakes in an attempt to regulate the snake charmers in India. Delhi's forest department chief Deepak Shukla said Wednesday that the chips will allow officials to ascertain whether individual snakes have been registered by their owners. India implemented laws in the late 1990s proscribing the commercial use of wild animals, including performances with lives snakes.  The state government in Delhi offered an amnesty for charmers in...

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2011-02-08 08:20:00

A new form of X-ray imaging technology and a nearly 100 million year old fossil have helped researchers gain a better understanding of how snakes lost their legs through evolution, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. In the study, Alexandra Houssaye from the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) in Paris and colleagues used synchrotron X-ray machines at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) to create 3D images of a 95 million...

2010-05-20 16:23:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that it is spring, pet owners will be taking their dogs outside more for walks, hiking, and camping. While fun is anticipated, pet owners should be cautious about their animals' safety, as snakes may pose a danger to dogs and humans. About 90 percent of snakebites occur between April and October throughout the U.S. During summer months, snakes show increased aggression and venom yield. The majority of snakebite deaths to humans and animals...

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2010-05-04 15:15:00

In an attempt to cut down on the 100,000 annual deaths caused by snake venom, the World Health Organization launched a website Tuesday that contains a database of approved antivenoms to treat people who suffer venomous bites. The antivenoms -- antidotes developed from venom -- can prevent serious disability or even death, but WHO says many are inappropriate and have led to a loss of confidence among doctors and patients, especially in tropical countries. "The regions that are most in need...

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2010-03-08 09:14:22

The King Cobra continues to weave its charm with researchers identifying a protein in its venom with the potential for new drug discovery and to advance understanding of disease mechanisms. The novel protein named haditoxin has been described in the prestigious Journal of Biological Chemistry (March 12, 2010). The editorial board of the journal has selected this work as the "Paper of the Week" recognizing it as being in the top one per cent of their published articles in terms of significance...

2010-01-12 09:37:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal adventurer and venom expert Donald Schultz has traveled worldwide to collect venom and DNA from rare animals for his television series WILD RECON (Tuesdays at 9 PM on Animal Planet). Each week, Donald gets his hands on some of the deadliest animals on the planet: black mambas in South Africa, sea snakes in Australia, and even rampaging elephants in Sri Lanka. But in January, he will face his toughest challenge yet: to spend 10 consecutive days...

2009-09-23 17:44:11

A South African man's world record attempt for living with the most venomous snakes ended when he was bitten on the foot by a puff adder. Johannes Swart, 34, was on his 37th day Monday living in a glass enclosure with 40 venomous snakes, including boomslangs, cobras and puff adders when one of the serpents bit him on the foot, leading paramedics to fear he could go into cardiac arrest and call off the stunt, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. I saw him yesterday and he was in extreme...

2009-09-16 10:40:27

While studying a way to more safely and effectively collect snake venom, University of Florida researchers have noticed the venom delivered by an isolated population of Florida cottonmouth snakes may be changing in response to their diet. Scientists used a portable nerve stimulator to extract venom from anesthetized cottonmouths, producing more consistent extraction results and greater amounts of venom, according to findings published in August in the journal Toxicon. The study of venoms is...


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2013-08-10 09:00:29

The N-Gage device is a combination mobile phone and handheld game system. It was produced by Nokia and released on October 7, 2003. The N-Gage QD replaced the original in 2004. The buttons were designed for a phone which made the unit difficult for game play and the cost was twice that of the Game Boy Advance, both reasons contributing to the system's unsuccessful run in the market. Nokia shipped 400,000 units to retailers in the first two weeks of release, but independent market research...

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2007-03-19 18:17:36

The Checkered Keelback or Asiatic Water Snake, Xenochrophis piscator, is a common species of non-venomous snake found in Asia. The species is found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, West Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan. It is found in China in the provinces of Chekiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Guangdong, Nan Ao Island, Hainan, Guangxi, and Yunnan. Colorations of the Checkered Keelback vary, some consisting of dark spots arranged in a quincunx-like...

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2007-02-14 07:22:46

The File Snake is one of three primitive species of snake known as xenophidian that are from the family Acrochordidae. They are found in Australia and Indonesia. They are becoming a rare species as their hides are used for leather products. File Snakes range in length from 2 to 8 feet. They are entirely aquatic, lacking the broad belly-scales found in most other species of snakes. Their skin is loose and baggy, giving the impression of being several sizes too large for the snake. The...

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2005-06-15 17:02:02

Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous New World snakes (genera Crotalus and Sistrurus) which have a small jointed rattle on their tails. They use this rattle as a warning device when they feel threatened. The rattle is composed of a series of nested, hollow beads which are actually modified scales from the tail-tip. Each time the snake sheds its skin, a new rattle segment is added. Since they may shed their skins many times a year (depending on food supply and consequent growth rates), and...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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