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  • PLANET ARIZONA: The Most Venomous Scorpion in North America Lives in Arizona

    05/09/2020 11:28:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Kari Steele | Kari Steele
    Meet the Arizona Bark Scorpion -- the most common scorpion in the Phoenix area out of the 45+ species of scorpions found in Arizona. It also happens to be the most venomous and only lethal scorpion in Arizona. In fact, the bark scorpion (Centruroides exilicauda) is the only scorpion species with venom strong enough to cause severe symptoms in the entire United States, according to the Mayo Clinic. Oh, and it is frequently found in homes, especially during the summer months. Watch the video above to see what the Arizona Bark Scorpion looks like when it hunts! Didi and Megan...
  • Venom as a cure? Drugmakers see intriguing prospects in treating cancer, diabetes, pain.

    05/09/2020 6:20:42 PM PDT · by Viking2002 · 46 replies
    LMTonline ^ | Saturday, May 9, 2020 | Erin Blakemore
    Could snake or insect venom yield the next big treatment for diabetes or cancer? Researchers think so - and they're spending lots of time with compounds found in the venom of animals such as scorpions, snakes and snails in the hopes they'll yield new drugs. In a feature for the journal PNAS, Amy McDermott explores the trend, and its fascinating history.
  • Could Snake Venom Cure Cancer? Colorado Scientists Say Research Suggests So

    02/19/2020 6:54:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | February 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm | By Dillon Thomas
    GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – A team of scientists at the University of Northern Colorado believe venom from venomous snakes could carry the cure to cancer. Dr. Stephen Mackessy, professor at UNC’s School of Biology, says studies show venoms in different snakes can attack human cancer cells in unique ways. (credit: CBS) To conduct the study, Mackessy’s students are given access to hundreds of snakes from around the world, all of which are stored in a secured facility on the campus of UNC. From rattlesnakes to vipers, the students are able to extract venom from each snake to study the compounds...
  • UN health agency seeks to halve number of snakebite deaths

    05/23/2019 11:43:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2019
    The World Health Organization is publishing its first-ever global strategy to tackle the problem of snake bites, aiming to halve the number of people killed or disabled by snakes by 2030. Nearly 3 million people are bitten by potentially poisonous snakes every year, resulting in as many as 138,000 deaths. […] In a statement, Doctors Without Borders said it was “cautiously optimistic” WHO’s snakebite strategy could be a “turning point” in addressing snake bites. …
  • The Merchants of Venom

    11/23/2018 7:56:55 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/23/18 | Chuck Lehmann
    Media's advanced case of Trump Derangement Syndrome Have you listened to the “news” broadcasts of CNN or MSNBC lately? Almost 100% of the air time on those stations is devoted to anti-Trump and anti-Republican bashing, it’s like no other news is happening in our country and around the world. You could, in all honesty, call those media outlets, “Merchants of Venom”.
  • ‘Halloween’ Poised To Topple ‘Venom’s $80M+ October Opening Record (First Man Down 46%)

    10/20/2018 9:09:18 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 21 replies
    Deadline ^ | October 20, 2018 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    WRITETHRU SATURDAY 7:33AM after 12:15AM post: The 11th sequel in a horror franchise, executive produced by the series’ creator John Carpenter, starring the series’ original actress (Jamie Lee Curtis) in a female survivalist tale that speaks to today’s times seems to be a recipe for box office success Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween are coming in at $33.2M for Friday (including a great $7.7M Thursday night) making it the second-best first day for a horror movie after It ($50.4M), on a killing spree to become the second-highest domestic horror opening of all-time at $80.5M (also behind It’s $123.4M) and the biggest opening of...
  • Australian Spider Venom Found to Kill Cancer, Leave Healthy Cells Unharmed

    10/06/2018 11:04:36 AM PDT · by JonnyFive · 44 replies
    NN ^ | 06/10/18 | Jay Greenberg
    Scientists have made a breakthrough discovery in the fight to cure cancer after finding that the venom from a deadly Australian spider can actually kill melanoma cells while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed.
  • ‘Venom’ With Marvelous $80M October Opening; ‘A Star Is Born’ Hits $44M (tr)

    10/06/2018 8:20:04 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 22 replies
    Deadline ^ | October 6, 2018 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    Friday 11:07PM update: Sony can breathe a giant sigh of relief as their Marvel-verse Venom is absolutely working at the domestic box office with what is now estimated to be an $80M weekend after a $32.9M Friday, both quite easily October records besting Gravity‘s $55.7M opening weekend and Paranormal Activity 3‘s opening day of $26.3M. If Saturday holds at -15% or better for Friday, Venom can swing past $80M. Meanwhile Warner Bros.’ Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga rock concert A Star Is Born is soaring to $42.2M over three-days, a fantastic result beating the 3-days of such musical theme pics...
  • Lady Gaga Fans Accused of Writing Fake ‘Venom’ Reviews to Support ‘A Star Is Born’

    10/02/2018 5:12:24 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 24 replies
    Variety ^ | October 2, 2018 | MARGEAUX SIPPELL
    A feud is born. On Oct. 5, two films will premiere: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” and Tom Hardy’s “Venom.” Despite the fact that “A Star Is Born” has already drummed up significant hype, garnering a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and awards buzz, Gaga’s fan base is apparently taking it upon themselves to make sure the movie gets as much opening day attention as “Venom.” Once the social media embargo for “Venom” broke following the superhero movie’s red carpet premiere on Monday night, some Twitter users noticed negative reviews floating around Twitter — but it...
  • Toxin in centipede venom identified

    01/23/2018 2:29:51 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    phys.org ^ | 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
    Sci-News.com ^ | 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
    YouTube.com ^ | 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...