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New potentially painkilling compound found in deep-water cone snails

Scientists already know that the venom of cone snails, which prowl the ocean floor for a fish dinner, contains compounds that can be adapted as pharmaceuticals to treat chronic pain, diabetes and other human maladies. But ...

Bull ant evolves new way to target pain

Australian bull ants have evolved a venom molecule perfectly tuned to target one of their predators—the echidna—that also could have implications for people with long-term pain, University of Queensland researchers say.

Why king baboon spider venom is so painful

A team of researchers from the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, all in Australia, has uncovered ...

Four reasons why physically punishing school children doesn't work

When I was a child I went to school in South Africa. This was the late 1970s. At school, the teachers would hit us. It was called getting the cane, the cane being a long, flexible stick. This tradition, exported from a Dickensian ...

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