'Snakes' seen in human cells
(PhysOrg.com) -- Curious snake-like forms have been spotted in cells from many different species across the evolutionary tree. Now Oxford scientists have shown they exist in human cells as well.
Two million sick from Pakistan floods
Two million Pakistanis have fallen ill from diseases since monsoon rains left the southern region under several feet of water, the country's disaster authority said Thursday.
Study names new ancient crocodile relative from the land of Titanoboa
Did an ancient crocodile relative give the world's largest snake a run for its money?
Researchers solve mystery of disappearing bird digit
Evolution adds and subtracts, and nowhere is this math more evident than in vertebrates, which are programmed to have five digits on each limb. But many species do not. Snakes, of course, have no digits, and ...
Rapid venom evolution in pit vipers may be defensive
Research published recently in PLoS One delivers new insight about rapid toxin evolution in venomous snakes: pitvipers such as rattlesnakes may be engaged in an arms race with opossums, a group of snake-eating American marsup ...
Mutant two-headed snake wows visitors at Ukrainian zoo
A snake with two heads, each able to think and eat separately and even steal food from each other, has become a popular attraction at a Ukrainian zoo.
Robotics award for i-Snake team (w/ video)
The research team behind a robotic snake-like device for surgery called i-Snake have won a prestigious award at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
Snake predator may benefit endangered bird, study finds
An endangered Florida bird may have some unexpected help in its struggle for survival, according to a new University of Florida study.
Old, large, living trees must be left standing to protect nesting animals: study
Old trees must be protected to save the homes of more than 1,000 different bird and mammal species who nest, says a new study from the University of British Columbia. Most animals can't carve out their own tree holes and ...
Good guy or bad guy? Diagnosing stomach disease in pet reptiles
Indigestion is surprisingly common in pet snakes and other reptiles. It frequently results from a parasitic infection known as cryptosporidiosis, to which reptiles seem especially prone. Cryptosporidiosis is highly contagious ...
Predator-prey role reversal as bug eats turtle
Lizard fossil provides missing link in debate over snake origins
(PhysOrg.com) -- Until a recent discovery, theories about the origins and evolutionary relationships of snakes barely had a leg to stand on.
The search serpent: The next wave in robotics
How does one design a robot that maneuvers in three dimensions and navigates all manner of terrain? Those are the main challenges that Howie Choset at Carnegie Mellon University is attempting to tackle.
Venom tears: Snake bites can turn out to be groovy
Many people worry about the manner of their death. Death by car accident, death by cancer and death by gunshot are some of the more dreaded ways to go. No less awful is the prospect of death by snakebite. ...