Snake robot on Mars?
The ESA wants its operations on other planets to have greater mobility and manoeuvrability. SINTEF researchers are looking into whether snake robots could be the answer.
Snakes alive: Вeadly tenants nesting in Australian suburbs
They are the nightmare tenants who can live undetected alongside Australian families for years: the world's deadliest snakes.
40 pythons found in Canadian hotel
Little more than a week after a giant python crushed two young Canadian boys to death, police have recovered 40 of the snakes from a hotel room.
Genome assembly in the spotlight
The largest systematic assessment the process of genome assembly is published today in BGI and BioMed Central's open access journal GigaScience. The second Assemblaton competition saw 21 teams submit 43 entries based on dat ...
NASA's Hubble sees a stranger in the crowd
The constellation of Virgo (The Virgin) is the largest of the Zodiac constellations, and the second largest overall after Hydra (The Water Snake). Its most appealing feature, however, is the sheer number ...
Wash. state scientists using drones to spy on nature
LA PUSH, Clallam County, Wash. - model airplane. As the propeller started to whirl, Morgan cocked his arm and flung the plane as if he were throwing a spear.
Snakes devour more mosquito-eating birds as climate change heats forests
Many birds feed on mosquitoes that spread the West Nile virus, a disease that killed 286 people in the United States in 2012 according to the Centers for Disease Control. Birds also eat insects that can be agricultural pests. ...
Aussie snakes slither into species book
Scientists have added dozens of Australian species to the family of small worm-like snakes called Scolecophidia, which are some of the least-understood creatures on Earth.
Mimicking venomous snakes: Untangling the history of deceptive coloration
(Phys.org) —Red on yellow, kill a fellow. Red on black, friend of Jack. That folk rhyme is supposed to help people distinguish venomous coral snakes from several non-venomous "mimics," animals that discourage ...
It's all in the genes—including the tracking device
Parentage-based tagging (PBT) is an emerging genetic-based fish tagging method that involves genotyping hatchery broodstock. PBT is a passive non-invasive approach to stock identification because the parents, not the offspring, ...
Creating life-saving drugs from deadly venom
When faced with a scorpion, poisonous snake, jellyfish or tarantula, most people would beat a hasty retreat. For a team of scientists investigating the therapeutic potential of their venom, these are however ...
Dracula's children may lead to novel drug design
(Phys.org) —Vampire bat venom could hold the key to new treatments for stroke and high blood pressure.
Young star suggests our sun was a feisty toddler
If you had a time machine that could take you anywhere in the past, what time would you choose? Most people would probably pick the era of the dinosaurs in hopes of spotting a T. rex. But many astronomers would ...
Scientists announce Top 10 New Species from 2012
An amazing glow-in-the-dark cockroach, a harp-shaped carnivorous sponge and the smallest vertebrate on Earth are just three of the newly discovered top 10 species selected by the International Institute for ...