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2009-04-15 13:02:31

Once thought to be only the realm of the blue-ringed octopus, researchers have now shown that all octopuses and cuttlefish, and some squid are venomous. The work indicates that they all share a common, ancient venomous ancestor and highlights new avenues for drug discovery. Conducted by scientists from the University of Melbourne, University of Brussels and Museum Victoria, the study was published in the Journal of Molecular Evolution. Dr Bryan Fry from the Department of Biochemistry at the...

2009-02-03 00:27:46

A Marks Tey, England, grocer said he was stung on the finger by a scorpion that stowed away in a box of bananas he purchased in London. Daniel Amey, 30, said he bought the box of bananas from Spitalfields Market in London for his grocery store, The Food Co., The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. I put my hand in the box and thought I had cut it but by the time I was carrying the bananas, my finger had swollen up to twice its size and it felt like it was burning, Amey said. The doctor was...

2009-02-02 14:43:36

A Marks Tey, England, grocer said he was stung on the finger by a scorpion that stowed away in a box of bananas he purchased in London. Daniel Amey, 30, said he bought the box of bananas from Spitalfields Market in London for his grocery store, The Food Co., The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. I put my hand in the box and thought I had cut it but by the time I was carrying the bananas, my finger had swollen up to twice its size and it felt like it was burning, Amey said. The doctor was...

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2009-01-23 09:37:50

Spitting cobras have an exceptional ability to spray venom into eyes of potential attackers. A new study published in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology reveals how these snakes maximize their chances of hitting the target. The name "spitting cobra" is a bit of a misnomer. Cobras don't actually "spit" venom, says the study's lead author Bruce Young, director of the Anatomical Laboratory in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Muscle contractions...

2009-01-22 14:15:26

Police said an Indiana man who was bitten by a venomous snake was later charged with possessing the serpent without a permit. Conservation Officer Mac Spainhour said John Haley was rushed to a hospital after he was bitten by a rhinoceros viper Monday and medical staff discovered the snake's bite had not injected any venom into his blood, WLKY-TV, Louisville, Ky., reported Thursday. Today, I went back with a snake expert from our department and we confiscated three venomous snakes and there's...

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2009-01-09 13:10:00

Researchers have released new footage of one of the world's rarest mammals "“ a giant shrew-like creature that packs a venomous bite.Discovered in the Caribbean, the Hispaniolan solenodon resembles a large shrew with a long thin snout. The insect-eating mammal can be found only in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, researchers say. "My colleagues were excited and thrilled when they found it in the trap," said Dr Richard Young, from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust."But despite a...

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2008-11-04 13:25:00

In a new study, researchers defined new parameters for estimating the global effect of snakebites. Poisoning incurred by snakebite is a serious threat to many residents of poorer, tropical and subtropical countries. Researchers note that few attempts have been made to estimate the extent of their affect, due to "the lack of an objective and reproducible methodology." Therefore, experts developed a new method to estimate the disease burden caused by snakebites. In a WHO-funded study,...

2008-07-31 21:00:27

By Zap2It, Chicago Jul. 31--Sony is reportedly developing a "Spider-Man" franchise spinoff based around the villainous Venom. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jacob Estes ("Mean Creak") wrote one draft of a "Venom" script, but the studio is contemplating moving in a different direction with a different writer. Venom isn't so much a single character in the Marvel pantheon as the name given to a gooey alien symbiote that latches onto a human host, bonds with the form and takes on...

2008-07-31 15:00:42

Venom, the villain from the Hollywood blockbuster Spider-Man 3, reportedly may be getting his own big-screen adventure. The Hollywood Reporter said Sony is developing a movie spinoff for the Marvel Comics baddie. The studio hired Mean Creek writer Jacob Estes to write the screenplay for a Venom-themed project, however, is said to be thinking about trying something else and looking for someone to write a new draft, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said. Although That 70s Show...

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2007-05-01 18:20:00

Forgiveness is on the minds of many characters in "Spider-Man 3." They ponder if they're capable of offering it, worthy of receiving it - and whether, as the saying goes, it will ultimately prove divine. In that spirit, audiences may also need to forgive director and co-writer Sam Raimi for creating a bloated, uneven behemoth with his third installment in the hugely successful comic-book franchise. (The film is so feverishly anticipated, however, and the entire series is so revered, that any...


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Amazonian Giant Centipede, Scolopendra gigantean
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Puerto Rican Giant Centipede, Scolopendra gigantea; Vieques, Puerto Rico. Credit: Katka Nemčoková/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 3.0) The Amazonian giant centipede (Scolopendra gigantean), also known as the Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede, can be found in areas of the Caribbean and South America. Its range includes Saint Thomas, Grenada, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the island of seychelles Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, the Trinidad Islands, and western and northern regions...

Giant Redheaded Centipede, Scolopendra heros
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Scolopendra heros, also referred to as the Giant Redheaded Centipede, calls parts of the southern central and southwestern United States, as well as a significant portion of Mexico, its home. It has not been found west of the Colorado River. Varying in length from 6.5 to 8 inches, its trunk has 21 to 23 pairs of legs. The body is aposematically colored. This is a defensive coloration meant to scare off potential predators. There are several color varients within the species, depending...

Elongate Surgeonfish, Acanthurus mata
2012-04-02 17:23:07

The Elongate Surgeonfish, (Acanthurus mata), is a species of tropical fish found in the Indo-Pacific, and can be found as far north as Southern Japan and south to the Great Barrier Reef. Some also live as far west as South Africa and as far east as the Tuamotu Islands. Its main habitat is steep slopes around coral reefs. This is a light blue fish with numerous brown stripes running down the length of the body, although over time it is able to change color to become blue overall. It has a...

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2009-05-02 21:49:31

The Six-eyed Sand Spider (Sicarius hahni) is a species of arachnid found in southern Africa. It is found mostly in deserts and other sandy areas. The genus name, sicarius, is Latin for "murderer" or "assassin". This species is named after arachnologist Carl Wilhelm Hahn. The binomial name is interpreted as "Hahn's assassin". Due to the flattened stance and position of the legs, this species is also sometimes known as the Six-eyed Crab Spider. Studies of the venom of this spider have led...

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2007-02-12 21:23:02

The Black Mamba, Dendroaspis polylepis, is a venomous snake from Africa. They can be found in scrub land, bushes and small trees. They tend to live in permanent lairs for long periods if not disturbed. They usually make their homes in vacated insect mounds or hollow trees. The Black Mamba is the largest venomous snake in Africa and the second largest venomous snake in the world. It grows to an average length of 8 feet and may even grow to over 14 feet. It gets its name from the inky...

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