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Killer Snake Venom Provides Protein That Prevents Blood Clots

The two top causes of death in the world are heart attacks and strokes, and a research team in Toronto is onto a promising drug that could do much to reduce or delay those death by reducing their number one cause - blood clots. Ironically, the drug being tested, Anfibatide, is made from a protein extracted from a snake's venom; the snake is one of the deadliest in the world.

Coral Species From Brazil Useful To Fight Hospital Superbacteria

Despite our huge breakthroughs involving Health, Medicine and Science, Hospitals still are places highly contaminated with all sorts of prejudicial agents. Bacterias and viruses, from the common cold to pneumonia, roam through Hospital buildings almost everywhere and there is no easy way to prevent them from being them. Luckily, there are several ways of treating them - one of the last discoveries in this area was made in Brazil, where scientists used a coral to fight infection caused by a "superbacteria".

EcoQube On Kickstarter! Mini-Farm & Aquarium Combines Sustainability With Beauty

Aquariums are universally fascinating, but they're usually a hassle to maintain. The EcoQube is a very low maintenance aquarium for fish and plants that successfully thrive off of each other, and it's being crowdsourced now on Kickstarter. It's a must have!

Keep Gardening Through Winter....Indoors With Breathe

Everyone loves a good summer. The smell of freshly cut grass, the fact that everyone moans about getting sunburnt but secretly likes it, and of course, the privilege of being able to garden away to the heart's content. Well who says summer has to end? At least when it comes to the gardening bit. Yep, bursting on to the scene is a new food invention from the mind of Jim Ruck which goes by the rather snazzy name Breathe.

A Dog Knows: Wagging Tails Are Not All Happy Tails

You think your Fido will greet the dog coming towards you with enthusiasm. After all, Fido's tail is wagging.  Well, don't be so sure.  That other dog - she knows better than you do.

Dandelion Tires Give New Meaning To Flower Power

Dandelions have already been more generous to humans than we ingrates deserve. While we spend our spring-times trying to stamp them out of our yards, many revere the weeds as a source of vitamins and minerals essential to a variety of physiological functions. Now, agricultural engineers are cultivating the dandelion for a new purpose....

Navy Seals? Furry Fighters In The Russian Military

U.S. Navy SEALs are some of the most feared individuals in the military world. But would you stand up against Navy Seals in the Russian Seas?

MIT Is Looking To Pull Fresh Water Out Of Thin Air

Due to the lack of water, plants and insects in some of the most arid regions on Earth have evolved to absorb moisture straight from the air, pulling it from fog banks that roll in off the ocean. Now, researchers at MIT are looking to emulate that technique on a much, much larger scale.

New Litmus-Paper Test Identifies Poached Marine Mammal Meat In Mere Minutes

Whale meat again? Don't know where, don't know when... until now! Thanks to a new litmus-paper test developed in Taiwan, the question of whether the catch of the day had fins or flippers can be resolved conclusively in just 10 minutes.

Grow Your Own Lunch With Algaculture - On Your Head!

Algaculture merges human with photosynthetic life forms in the first step towards symbiotic, self-sustaining relationship. The Algaculture Symbiosis Suit, designed by UK artists Michael Burton and Michiko Nitto aka Burton Nitto, grows algae as wearers wander around doing their normal things. The designers foresee a future when humans and algae merge, allowing people to be semi-photosynthetic and self-sustaining.