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  • Toxin in centipede venom identified

    01/23/2018 2:29:51 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | 01/23/2018 | Bob Yirka
    A golden head centipede attacks a Kunming mouse. Credit: PNAS ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A team of researchers from several institutions in China has identified the toxin in golden head centipede venom. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes how they found the toxin that makes the venom so deadly to prey and also identified a possible antidote for it. Researchers have known for quite some time that golden head centipedes (aka the Chinese red-headed centipede), which live in Asia and Hawaii are able to subdue prey larger than its own size, in some...
  • The flight of the Vampire: Fascinating history of Britain's most iconic WWII fighter jet

    10/29/2017 4:13:03 PM PDT · by DFG · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/29/2017 | Rod Ardehali
    The fascinating history of one of Britain's most iconic fighter jets has been told for the first time in a new book. The de Havilland Vampire was developed during the Second World War and was the first single engine jet fighter to enter service in the RAF, making its maiden flight in September 1943, before officially entering service in April 1946. The aircraft, which has had several incarnations, holds a number of distinctions across its rich history including being the first jet aircraft to land and take-off from an aircraft carrier, while it was also the first jet to cross...
  • Free database shows where to find some of the world's most toxic snakes

    03/19/2016 8:06:24 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 53 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/18/2016 | Case Western Reserve University
    Snakes known to produce some of the most toxic venoms swim the shallows of the western Pacific and eastern Indian oceans and sun themselves on island coasts from southwestern Japan to Indonesia, the Andaman Islands to Fiji. But to find banded sea kraits, ask a guy in Cleveland. Or at least look up his work. Iulian Gherghel, who is earning a PhD in biology at Case Western Reserve University, teamed with researchers in Oklahoma and Europe to create a database of the snakes' distribution. They published a description of their work and analyses in the current issue of the journal...
  • For Venom security flaw, the fix is in: Patch your VM today

    05/14/2015 4:57:57 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 1 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 13 May 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Venom (Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation), the recently discovered security hole in the open-source QEMU virtual machine hypervisor, has been fixed.That's the good news. The bad news is many of you, even though you may use a QEMU-based hypervisor on your server or for your cloud, think you've nothing to worry about. You do. Venom, as described by its discoverer, Crowdstrike, an end-point security company, works by attacking QEMU's virtual Floppy Disk Controller (FDC). The first thing many of you think when learning this is: "Who cares, I've never used a floppy drive on my virtual machine (VM)!" Ah, but,...
  • Unlocking the Origins of Snake Venom

    12/16/2014 5:52:03 AM PST · by fishtank · 43 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 12-15-14 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    Unlocking the Origins of Snake Venom by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * The origin of snake venom has been a long-time mystery to both creationists and evolutionists. Interestingly, new research confirms that the same genes that encode snake venom proteins are active in many other tissues.1 According to the biblical record, God’s creation was originally void of death, disease, and violence. Because of Adam and Eve’s rebellion, the whole of creation became subject to a curse that resulted in snakes with venom, stinging arthropods, and countless diseases. One of the chief questions facing creation biologists and geneticists is how venom was...
  • Bee, scorpion and snake venom might hold cancer cure

    08/12/2014 6:58:22 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    kwgn 2 ^ | 8-12-2014
    A scientist at the University of Illinois, Dipanjan Pan, and his team say they might have found a way to stop cancer cell growth, according to a paper presented at the American Chemical Society conference this week. The work is in very early stages, but has shown success in stopping breast cancer and melanoma cell growth in lab tests. Pan’s technique uses nanotechnology to deliver a synthesized element similar to the venom found in bees, snakes and scorpions. Ancient texts show doctors have used venom to treat aliments for years. In 14 BC, the Greek writer Pliny the Elder described...
  • Tarantula Venom Could Lead to New Effective Painkillers

    04/27/2014 8:10:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 74 replies ^ | Feb 17, 2014 | NA
    Using an innovative screening method, a team of scientists from Australia and the United States has discovered a peptide in the venom of the Peruvian green velvet tarantula (Thrixopelma pruriens) that blunts activity in pain-transmitting neurons.Tarantula. Image credit: Michael Gäbler / CC BY 3.0. The novel method, named toxineering, has the potential to search millions of different spider toxins for safe pain-killing drugs and therapies.Dr Michael Nitabach from Yale School of Medicine and his colleagues screened toxins from a variety of tarantula species to find one that blocked TRPA1, an ion channel on the surface of pain-sensing neurons that is...
  • Scientists create painkillers that could be more powerful than morphine from the venom of snails

    03/16/2014 11:13:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:43 EST, 16 March 2014 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Scientists have created powerful painkillers from the venom of snails, it has been revealed. The substances, based on a tiny protein found in cone snails’ venom, could be more effective than morphine. They may one day lead to the development of a drug to treat severe and chronic nerve pain. …
  • Russell's Viper venom turns blood into jelly (Video)

    05/22/2013 10:26:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies ^ | 7-14-2012 | sharksandcreatures
    GRAPHIC CONTENT. This terrifying video shows the effect of just one drop of snake venom on blood - turning it solid within moments. The clip shows a handler pinning down a dangerous Russell's viper, using a wooden stick on the back of its head. The handler then encourages the viper to bite into the the lid of a vial, causing venom to drain from its fangs and collect in the glass container. A single drop of the powerful poison is then syringed into a glass of blood. Almost instantly, the blood turns lumpy - sliding around the dish like jelly....
  • Step towards a spider venom vaccine

    05/14/2013 10:13:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 13 May 2013 | Emma Stoye
    Brazilian researchers have engineered a protein that should make producing antivenoms to treat spider bites both cheaper and simpler. The protein may also pave the way for a vaccine, as it can prime the immune system to cancel out the worst effects of the spider venom.Venomous spiders inflict pain, injury and even death in several parts of the world. Those bitten often need to be treated with an antivenom, a serum containing specific animal antibodies against the venom toxins. Antivenoms are currently produced by injecting the venom into an animal to provoke an immune response. But a single spider only...
  • Woman Bitten by Cobra at Miccosukee: Officials

    05/13/2012 2:29:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, May 13, 201
    Professional snake handler was rushed to the hospital and give anti-venom after being bitten, official saidA professional snake handler was bitten by a three-foot long Indian cobra during a show in Hollywood on Saturday , officials with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said. The 24-year-old woman was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital after she was having respiratory problems, officials said. She had been performing at the Miccosukee Indian Facility when she was bitten, authorities said. The Venom Response Team gave the woman five vials of anti-venom to decrease her symptoms, a report said. Authorities on Sunday said the victim was fine...
  • Killer Animals, Live-Saving Cures: Why Venom Is Good For You

    08/23/2010 10:01:07 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 31 replies
    FOXNews ^ | August 23, 2010 | Venom
    You wouldn't want a deathstalker scorpion in your boot. But it could save your life. Tarantula venom may seem frightful. But medically speaking, it's awesome. And gila monster spit? Great stuff, if you have diabetes. They're just a few examples of a fascinating area of research using the venom from the most dangerous creatures around. Step on one and it could kill you, but synthesize those toxins in the lab, and they could be used to save your life.
  • Miami-Dade Antivenom Unit Helps Save Girl in Iraq

    08/31/2009 11:10:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 856+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Sun, Aug 30, 2009 | Carlos Miller
    It was only earlier this month that a Miami-Dade fire station was named the busiest in the nation. Now we are learning that the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Antivenom Unit is one of the most respected in the world. On Saturday, after a 3-year-old girl in Iraq was bitten by a saw-scaled viper, American military officials placed a call to Capt. Ernie Jillson, head of the antivenom unit as well as a military reservist. Jillson, who was tending to his lawn in Davie, consulted with doctors and told them that because their patient was a small girl they needed to administer...
  • Rare venomous spider bite spreads fear in southern France [U.S. import]

    07/31/2009 10:33:40 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 55 replies · 3,478+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/31/2009 | Henry Samuel in Paris
    Arachnophobia has gripped southeastern France after a pensioner suffered a near-lethal bite from a rare spider whose venom is said to be "as dangerous as a cobra's". François Inderchit, 59, was settling down for his afternoon siesta earlier this month in Orange, in Vaucluse, and was bitten by something "a bit more violent than a mosquito" when he turned over in bed. He saw that it was a spider and that he had killed it. Within 24 hours, a gaping, gangrenous wound six inches long, three inches wide and half an inch deep developed around the bite area on Mr...
  • "Access Hollywood" executive bitten by rattlesnake

    07/14/2009 6:56:14 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies · 1,354+ views
    The Temecula Valley News ^ | Sunday, July 12th, 2009. | Local News
    "Access Hollywood" executive bitten by rattlesnake Editorial Note: While this story is outside our local area, we thought it important to remind people to be careful of rattlesnakes. Sunday, July 12th, 2009.Issue 28, Volume 9. An "Access Hollywood'' executive bitten by a rattlesnake -- just in time to put her out of action on the Michael Jackson story -- is expected back at work tomorrow after a nasty reaction and two-week recovery that required 22 vials of antivenin, she said today. Sharon Smith's disastrous encounter with the cold-blooded viper occurred June 27 at a roadside rest area on U.S. 101...
  • Meet the real Chris Parry! [Warning: very foul language]

    07/12/2009 12:51:24 PM PDT · by Admin Moderator · 296 replies · 13,349+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | Compiled by freeper mojitojoe
    <p>The very people who might have been swayed by her a few days ago will be pursing their lips and shaking their head now.</p> <p>Nasty, bitchy, cynical shit.</p> <p>IMO. I really don’t care if it was her baby or not.</p>
  • Venom May Be Komodo Dragon's Lethal Weapon

    05/20/2009 10:20:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 505+ views
    The Times of London ^ | May 20, 2009 | Anne Barrowclough
    The Komodo dragon is not just the largest living lizard, but also one of the most venomous creatures on Earth, scientists have discovered. The carnivorous animal, which can tear its prey apart, kills with venom rather than bacteria-laden bites, as scientists had always believed. The dragons, which grow to a length of about 10ft and weigh about 130lb (60kg) are vicious predators that prey on animals as large as deer. They attack their victim by biting and tearing at it repeatedly, then wait as it dies a lingering death. Scientists always believed that because Komodos also fed on carrion, their...
  • Snake Diet Find Aids Anti-Venom

    04/09/2009 3:01:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 442+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 9 April 2009
    The research could help prevent people dying New research by a Bangor university student has found that the diet of poisonous snakes affects its venom strength. Axel Barlow's discovery means that anti-venom can be developed specific to a certain snake's location or diet. His studies into saw-scaled vipers, which have evolved to eat scorpions, found that they also had venom which was more lethal to scorpions. Researchers hope the information will lead to fewer snake bite deaths. The research was done as part of a final-year paper on saw-scaled vipers by Mr Barlow. Anti-venom treatment He said the significance of...
  • Woman Died After Stepping on Venomous Caterpillars

    07/15/2008 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 73 replies · 1,138+ views
    Fox ^ | July 15, 2008 | staff reporter
    <p>A Canadian woman died last year after stepping barefoot on several caterpillars, doctors reported in a teaching case published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.</p> <p>The 22-year old woman from Alberta died 10 days after stepping on five caterpillars while on a trip to northeastern Peru.</p>

    02/21/2006 6:39:30 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 11 replies · 690+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | 20 February 2006 | Bryan G. Fry, Nicolas Vidal, Janette A. Norman, Freek J. Vonk, Holger Scheib, S.
    EARLY EVOLUTION OF THE VENOM SYSTEM IN LIZARDS AND SNAKES 2006 Nature 439: 584-588 Bryan G. Fry, Nicolas Vidal, Janette A. Norman, Freek J. Vonk, Holger Scheib, S. F. Ryan Ramjan, Sanjaya Kuruppu, Kim Fung, S. Blair Hedges, Michael K. Richardson, Wayne. C. Hodgson, Vera Ignjatovic, Robyn Summerhayes, & Elazar Kochva Abstract: Among extant reptiles only two lineages are known to have evolved venom delivery systems, the advanced snakes and helodermatid lizards (Gila Monster and Beaded Lizard) 1. Evolution of the venom system is thought to underlie the impressive radiation of the advanced snakes (2,500 of 3,000 snake species) 2–5....