Venomous snakes are saving human lives

Venomous snakes are saving human lives

Venomous snakes, like the rattlesnake pictured above, usually don’t come to mind when you think of “life-saving medicine.” The Brazilian pit viper is one snake that certainly makes a big impact on its victims. When the snake bites an animal, its’ venom causes the prey to black out from a drop in blood pressure, thus […]

Opossums may hold the key to a new snake anti-venom

Opossums may hold the key to a new snake anti-venom

Opossums are surprising us again! This time, researchers are looking to opossums to potentially create a better antidote for snakebite victims. Interested? Read on! Researchers found that opossums have a specialized protein in their systems that protects them from certain types of snake venom. The protein binds with snake venom and helps to neutralize it […]

Fish and Snakes: Inspiring New Body Armor

Fish and Snakes: Inspiring New Body Armor

Fish, insects, reptiles and wild animals adapt to their surroundings- so why not take some notes from them? Well, that’s just what scientists have done, and now fish, armadillos and lizards are inspiring unique body armor for humans! Pretty amazing. Researchers at Northeastern University College of Engineering worked to combine the protective qualities of fish […]