Researchers measure puncture performance of viper fangs

A team that studies how biological structures such as cactus spines and mantis shrimp appendages puncture living tissue has turned its attention to viper fangs. Specifically, the scientists wanted to know, what physical characteristics ...

The large wandering spider bites forever

The fangs of the large wandering spider (Cupiennius salei) are incisively shaped, right to the tip. The spider uses its curved fang to grasp its prey, punctures its chitinous armour and injects venom into the victim. As a ...

Zynga builds on casino-style play with Elite Slots

Facebook games pioneer Zynga on Wednesday said it was expanding its casino-style offerings with an "Elite Slots" title that weaves social and story elements with luck-based play.

New fanged dwarf dinosaur from southern Africa, ate plants

With tiny 1-inch long jaws, a new species of plant-eater has come to light in rocks in southern Africa dating to the early dinosaur era, some 200 million years ago. This "punk-sized" herbivore is one of a menagerie of bizarre, ...

Spider invasion spooks Indian village

Panicked villagers in a remote Indian state complained Monday of an invasion of giant venomous spiders that resemble tarantulas but are unknown to local specialists.

Scientists select new species for top 10 list; issue SOS

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists - scientists responsible for species exploration and classification - today announce the top 10 ...