Explosives and Pesticides Can be Detected by Using Bee Venom


MIT scientists discover that bee venom can detect explosives and some pesticides.

Scientists from MIT have discovered that by coating carbon nanotubes in bee venom, they can create ultra-sensitive detectors for explosives such as TNT, as well as at least two different types of pesticides. This means that bees and their stingers could become important to making better environmental sensors.


Brown Recluse Spider Population Boom Result of Climate Change

brown recluse

Brown recluse spider

The brown recluse are one of the most feared spiders in North America.  And now the brown recluse – or Loxosceles reclusa – spider population is growing, and predicted to expand into the northern states as a result of climate change.


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Newly-Discovered Octopuses Use Venom to Kill at Sub-Zero Temperatures


Venomous Octopus

Is your home octopus-proof? Maybe you should check. And trying to freeze them out won’t help because some octopuses discovered in Antarctica are the first known to have venom that works in freezing temperatures:

Antarctic octopuses eat a wide variety of animals, from clams to fish. They catch their prey with their tentacles and use their venom to kill them, much like snakes.

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Scorpion Venom Slows Brain Cancer


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”