Biologists map the family tree of all known snake and lizard groups
(Phys.org) —A George Washington University biologist and a team of researchers have created the first large-scale evolutionary family tree for every snake and lizard around the globe.
Research aims to settle debate over origin of Yellowstone volcano
A debate among scientists about the geologic formation of the supervolcano encompassing the region around Yellowstone National Park has taken a major step forward, thanks to new evidence provided by a team of international ...
Biomimetic nanosponges absorb toxins released by bacterial infections and venom
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a "nanosponge" capable of safely removing a broad class of dangerous toxins from the bloodstream – including toxins produced by MRSA, E. co ...
Robot snake automatically wraps around an object when thrown (w/ Video)
Scientists discover reasons behind snakes' 'shrinking heads'
(Phys.org) —An international team of scientists led by Dr Kate Sanders from the University of Adelaide, and including Dr Mike Lee from the South Australian Museum, has uncovered how some sea snakes have ...
Demand for exotic pets pushes species to the brink
Poisonous frogs, long-necked turtles, bears and chimpanzees may not be everyone's idea of an animal companion, but experts warn that demand for exotic pets is pushing some species closer to extinction.
Opera's poisons and potions connect students with chemistry
Opera audiences can feel the chemistry in romance-inspired classics like Mimi's aria from La Bohème, Cavaradossi's remembrance of his beloved while awaiting execution in Tosca and that young lady pining ...
Sri Lankan snake study reveals new species, rich biodiversity in island country
Alex Pyron's expertise is in family trees. Who is related to whom, who begat whom, how did they get where they are now. But not for humans: reptiles.
Biting back: Snake venom contains toxic clotting factors
The powerful venom of the saw-scaled viper Echis carinatus contains both anticoagulants and coagulants finds a study published in the launch edition of BioMed Central's open access journal Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxin ...
Python hunt in Everglades nets just 68: organizers
Hundreds of hunters spent a month combing Florida's Everglades for Burmese pythons, in the end capturing and killing 68 of the slithery, invasive reptiles, organizers said.
Florida python hunt yielding relatively few snakes
Fewer than 48 hours remain in Florida's Python Challenge, and the snake kill count is - wait for it - 50. Same as it was Tuesday.
Snakes meet their match in offspring-protecting lizards
(Phys.org)—A particular species of lizard will aggressively defend their eggs from predators such as snakes, a James Cook University researcher has found.
Rover team chooses first rock drilling target for Curiosity
A team of Mars scientists and engineers have chosen the 1st rock drilling target for NASA's Curiosity rover after carefully considering a range of options over the past several weeks at the robots current location inside a shall ...
Global warming beneficial to ratsnakes
Speculation about how animals will respond to climate change due to global warming led University of Illinois researcher Patrick Weatherhead and his students to conduct a study of ratsnakes at three different ...