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Spiders, Scorpions And Centipedes

Scorpion venom could be medically useful as a way of marking up brain tumour cells for surgery, as it’s tough for surgeons to identify...

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Cone Snails

These predatory carnivorous sea snails are found mainly in the warm Indian and Pacific Oceans and their toxins are already proving useful...

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Venom Therapy: Insects Curing HIV And Chronic Pains

Of all the venomous bites, stings and punctures, the ones most of us will be familiar with are those from bees. Bee venom, though, contains...

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Wonder Cures Based On Venom Are The Future

To most of us, medicine comes from the chemist. There we can stock up on blister packs of pills, tubes of ointments and bottles of...

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Why Are Mute Swans Called Mute Swans?

When you see swans on the ground, or on the river, there is no obvious reason why mute swans are called mute swans.

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Is It Just A Flamingo’s Feathers That Are Pink?

Flamingos get their flamboyant colouration from the carotenoid in their food but research has shown that the pink colour doesn’t just...

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 Win A Brilliant Butterfly Experience To See Sensational Butterflies At The Natural History Museum

We’re offering World of Animals readers the chance to win tickets to see Sensational Butterflies, the fun family exhibition that’s...

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Why Do Sheep Have Rectangular Pupils?

Sheep are not the only animals with rectangular pupils, Goats, cattle, deer, llamas, and many other grazing animals have similar shaped...

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Do Pigs Sweat?

When temperatures soar, people often exclaim that they are ‘sweating like pigs’, although this expression has little to do with...

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Are Corals Animals, Plants, Or Rocks?

Corals may look like plants but they are in fact animals. The technical definition of a plant is an organism able to absorb inorganic...

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