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It starts with a single lesion. And then another. Soon, the snake's entire body is covered in the unsightly sores. If the snake is lucky, its skin will start molting, expunging the reptile of the infection. Less fortunate snakes will die. And in some cases, desperate snakes will spend more time in the sun to expedite the molting process - a risky move that makes them vulnerable to predators.

Researchers working in Africa are the first to observe monkeys preying on bats. The unusual behaviour, which may have something to do with loss of habitat, could explain how dangerous diseases such as Ebola spread among species -- and eventually to humans.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.