News tagged with snails

Cone snails are for life and not just at Christmas

Those who fly to tropical shores this Christmas in search of sea and sun may be unaware that an exotic shell picked from the beach could potentially bring relief to many thousands of people suffering life-threatening illnesses.

dateDec 23, 2013 in Ecology
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Breaking the code of royal purple

Royal purple, the color of robes swathing the emperors of Rome, ancient kings and high priests, and prized for its richness of hue and a brightness that wouldn't fade, has long carried its own molecular mystery.

dateAug 30, 2013 in Materials Science
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Snails have a thing for sexy stems

In the marshlands of the southeast United States, the periwinkle snail is among the most abundant grazing species. "You can look out at high tide and see them everywhere, climbing up on the grasses," said Randall Hughes, ...

dateAug 15, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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