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Snake venom hydrogel stops bleeding fast

A nanofiber hydrogel containing snake venom effectively stops bleeding quickly, according to a new study. The development could aid those with clotting issues during surgery.

Australia: Town invaded by 25,000-tarantula 'mega cluster'

Maningrida - A small town in Australia has, for reasons known only to tarantulas, become a hotspot for the hairy spiders — to the tune of more than 25,000 of the creatures. Experts have no idea why this is happening.

What you need to know about 'Venom', billed Heartbleed 2 by some

An "extremely critical" bug has been found in virtualisation software relied on by web hosts across the Internet. Named "Venom", some have been calling it "Heartbleed 2.0" as it could allow an attacker to gain access to the entire contents of a server.

New snake venom antidote comes from unusual source

Researchers are using the opossum to create a new antidote for venomous snake bites. The venom would be inexpensive to manufacture and it could save thousands of lives globally.

Deadly venomous scorpion attacks man on plane

A man has suffered severe pain, nausea and hallucinations after being stung by a venomous scorpion that made it on to a flight in South America. The species is believed to have been deadly.

Snakes can now be identified by their venom

Scientists have developed a method for determining the species of snake responsible for a bite by sequencing genetic material from the fang marks.

Scientists warn us to stay away from the 'Puss' caterpillar

Caterpillars are the larvae of moths and butterflies, and while many are agricultural pests, it's hard to deny that sometimes, they are just plain fascinating. They come in so many unusual colors and variations that it's hard not to pick them up.

Venom may act as a cancer-fighting drug

A new study suggests that bee, snake, or scorpion venom could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs.

Venom from deadly sea snail may be cure for chronic nerve pain

A recent study lead by Australian researcher has shown that proteins discovered in Cone Snail venom could potentially prove to be a stronger pain killer than morphine, and have fewer side effects and lower risk of abuse.

The Amazing Spider-Man spinoffs announced: Venom and Sinister Six

Sony have announced that two new film franchises are to go into production, both spinoffs from "The Amazing Spider-Man": "Venom" and "Sinister Six."

Centipede venom is more effective than morphine

Centipede venom has been shown to work even better than morphine to dampen pain in rodents. The finding could be important for analgesic development.

New treatment for spider bites

The venom of the brown recluse spider reacts differently in the body to most other spider bites. Researchers are of the view that the discovery could lead to new treatments for spider bites.

Black mamba venom could contain a better painkiller than morphine

French researchers say they have found in the venom of the deadly African black mamba, a painkiller that is as powerful as morphine but without most of its adverse side-effects.

Restaurant ordered to stop selling pizzas topped with venom

A Zurich-based chef is upset the Swiss government has ordered him to stop selling one of his pizza specialties ─ venom topped pizza.

How do jellyfish sting? New research provides an answer

Heidelberg - One question that scientists have never fully unravelled is how the sting of jellyfish works and why the stings of different species ‘sting’ differently. Some new research conducted by Heidelberg University provides some answers.

Scorpion venom could help heart graft patients

A toxin extracted from the venom of the Central American Bark Scorpion could be the answer to limiting the amount of heart bypass operations that fail according to a new study.

Fight wrinkles with snake venom?

The latest product from Planet Skincare is snake venom moisturizer for wrinkles. No snakes were harmed to create this product, so how does it work?

The Top Of The Food Chain: Cobras

They are mysterious and beautiful. Moving with a graceful speed cobras have been the base of fables and horror stories. Many believe it was in fact the snake Cleopatra used to commit suicide.

Scorpion Venom May Help Tumor Care

Researchers have found that if they coat a tumor with a "paint" that is a combination of scorpion venom and a fluorescent marker, they might be able to improve a surgeons ability to remove all of the cancerous cells that surround a tumor.

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Irreplaceable specimen gathered over a period of 100 years were lost in the fire.
Irreplaceable specimen gathered over a period of 100 years were lost in the fire.
Instituto Butantan
This version of Venom was all too happy to pose for the camera.
This version of Venom was all too happy to pose for the camera.
Venom from snakes used to make vaccines destroyed in fire at bio-medical research facility in San Pa...
Venom from snakes used to make vaccines destroyed in fire at bio-medical research facility in San Paulo, Brazil.
Instituto Butantan

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