New research shows that some scorpions can tailor their venom depending on the task at hand, whether it be snatching its next meal or protecting itself against predators. It marks the first time that scientists have documented the ability of an animal to adjust the toxicity of its venom according to need.
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When pallid bats are stung by an Arizona bark scorpion, they shrug it off as if nothing even happened, which is odd considering this predatory arachnid is the most venomous scorpion in all of North America. New research explains how this unusual level of immunity is possible -- a finding that could translate to an entirely new class of painkillers for humans.
When a suspicious looking box labelled "two pair shoes" arrived in Australia from Northern Europe recently, the Australian Border Force sent it through an X-ray. They didn't find shoes, of course. Instead, the box contained a terrifying assortment of venomous snakes, spiders and scorpions -- as if the country needed more of those.
The beauty of slow motion is that it lets you see and analyse every detail of anything in a much more digestible package. Explosions become a dance, athletic achievements become more thoughtful, life becomes even more interesting and idiotic behaviour gets more hilarious. Watching a guy get stung by a scorpion in slow motion? Yeah, that's hilarious.
As anyone who's been to the beach can tell you, sand has an uncanny ability to work its way into the most obscene places. Amusing for people, sure, but for machines, sand is a killer -- penetrating gears, clog pipes, and causing general havoc with moving parts. A new surface based on a scorpion's hide, however, could prevent that.