Scorpion Venom Slows Brain Cancer

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A scorpion bite may actually save you life rather than end it

At the University of Washington, where researchers were already studying the effects of scorpion venom as a treatment for brain cancer, one group found that they could enhance the effectiveness of the venom by preparing a compound including nanoparticles. This venom/nanoparticle compound cut the cancer spread rate by 98 percent, compared to 45 percent from the venom alone. Continue reading… “Scorpion Venom Slows Brain Cancer”

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Insight Into Global Warming Through Weather History

Insight Into Global Warming Through Weather History 

 Mohonk Mountain House

It is probably a good thing that the Mohonk Mountain House, the 19th-century resort, was built on Shawangunk conglomerate, a concrete-hard quartz rock. Otherwise, the path to the National Weather Service’s cooperative station here surely would have turned to dust by now.

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Frightening New Face of Evil – The Screw Worm

Frightening New Face of Evil - The Screw Worm

 The country of Yemen is experiencing a huge coastal outbreak of the evil screw worm

Screw worm females go after bare flesh, laying 250-300 eggs in a host. When you feel that itch, whatever you do, don’t scratch it. The reason why they’re called screw worms is that the maggots will only burrow deeper, causing tissue damage and even death.

Once hatched, the maggots feed off the live flesh and fall down to the ground, where they pupate. The pupae reach adulthood 7 days later. They can then mate and lay over 4,000 eggs. They can also fly 125 miles, bringing their offspring and the plague inland.

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