This Chemical From This Plant Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Endings—in a Good Way

Resiniferatoxin is 10,000 times hotter than the hottest chillie pepper, and has attributes that make it promising as an extraordinary painkiller.

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In Morocco there grows a cactus-like plant that’s so hot, I have to insist that the next few sentences aren’t hyperbole. On the Scoville Scale of hotness, its active ingredient, resiniferatoxin, clocks in at 16 billion units. That’s 10,000 times hotter than the Carolina reaper, the world’s hottest pepper, and 45,000 times hotter than the hottest of habaneros, and 4.5 million times hotter than a piddling little jalapeno. Euphorbia resinifera, aka the resin spurge, is not to be eaten. Just to be safe, you probably shouldn’t even look at it.

Euphorbia resinifera, the resin spurge, is a species of spurge native to Morocco, where it occurs on the slopes of the Atlas Mountains. The dried latex of the plant was used in ancient medicine. It contains resiniferatoxin, a capsaicin analog tested as an analgesic since 1997.

But while that toxicity will lay up any mammal dumb enough to chew on the resin spurge, resiniferatoxin has also emerged as a promising painkiller. Inject RTX, as it’s known, into an aching joint, and it’ll actually destroy the nerve endings that signal pain. Which means medicine could soon get a new tool to help free us from the grasp of opioids. READ MORE

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SMALL ORANGE HAIRED MONKEY OF SOUTH AMERICA PICS & INFO-Golden lion tamarins

Brazil
Golden lion tamarins live in the rapidly diminishing Atlantic Forest, a richly biodiverse region
that stretches down through Brazil and into Argentina and Paraguay. The Reserva Biológica
Poço das Antas, a 28,000-acre (11,331-hectare) forest reserve near Rio de Janeiro, protects the
golden lion tamarin’s habitat.

Golden Lion Tamarin is a mammal that traditionally inhabits lowland tropical forest. It has a hair covering and is able to speed up to 40km/h (24mph). Golden Lion Tamarin (leontopithecus rosalia) usually is 20-33.5cm (13.2-8in) and weights 550-700g (19-25oz). The animal lives 8-15 years in a troop lifestyle. Eats mostly: fruit, insects, small mammals, small reptiles

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Ancient Ape with ‘Human Legs’ and ‘Orangutan Arms’ Moved Like No Other Creature on Earth

This weird locomotion has never been seen until now.

Here below, the 21 bones of the most complete partial skeleton of a male Danuvius ape
discovered in Bavaria.(Image: © Christoph Jäckle)

More than 11 million years ago, an oddball ape equipped with human-like legs and robust ape-like arms clambered across tree limbs, possibly escaping feline predators. That’s the picture that scientists have gleaned about a new species of fossil ape discovered in Bavaria.

The ape creature may have also used a weird locomotion never seen until now, shedding light on how the ancestors of humans may have evolved to walk on two legs, a new study finds.

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Two Animal Traps Where Woolly Mammoths Were Driven to Their Deaths Found in Mexico

The discovery may offer rare evidence that humans were actively hunting the great creatures

In the neighborhood of Tultepec, just north of Mexico City, plans were recently underway to convert a patch of land into a garbage dump. But during preparatory excavations, workers at the site found themselves digging up woolly mammoth bones—hundreds of them. Over the course of ten months of archaeological and anthropological work, experts were able to piece together a grim picture of what appears to have been a prehistoric hunting site. The team had, according to the Associated Press, stumbled upon two large man-made traps—pits where hunters drove woolly mammoths to their deaths.

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Archaeologists Unearth Hollowed-Out Whale Vertebra Containing Human Jawbone, Remains of Newborn Lambs

Iron Age Scots made the unusual vessel with the bone of a fin whale, Earth’s second
largest whale species
Whale Vessel

When archaeologists excavated a Scottish Iron Age site called the Cairns in 2016, they discovered a hollowed-out whale vertebra filled with a trio of unexpected objects: a human jaw bone and the remains of two newborn lambs. Dated to about the mid-2nd century A.D., the vessel was propped near the entrance of a broch, or type of roundhouse, and held in place by a pair of red deer antlers and a large grinding stone.

This Bird Has one Serious Set of Wind Pipes

The male white bellbird can hit an incredibly painful 125 decibels—the world’s loudest bird call.

  • The world’s loudest bird has been confirmed to be the male white bellbird—not the screaming piha as previously thought.
  • Although the male white bellbird usually sings at around 116 decibels (dB), when one is wooing a potential mate, they can get as loud as 125 dB—even when the female is in close proximity to it.
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What Should You Do If You’re Bitten by a Venomous Snake?

The western rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus), also known as the diamondback rattlesnake, is a venomous pit viper found in western North America, from southern British Columbia to Mexico.
(Image: © Shutterstock)

Getting bitten by a venomous snake can be very scary, and can lead people to react in exactly the wrong way: Maybe they panic, try to catch or kill the snake, or apply ice or a tourniquet to the wound, which can be disastrous in certain situations.

So, how should a person respond to a bite? And what happens in the human body when a person is bitten by a venomous snake?

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What the U.S. Air Force Can Learn From This Piranha-Proof Huge Freshwater Fish-Video

The arapaima has evolved scales tough enough to defend against razor-sharp teeth, a great feature for military body armour.


The U.S. Air Force studied how an Amazonian fish can survive in the same waters as schools of deadly piranha. The arapaima, a slow-moving, torpedo-shaped fish should be easy prey for a pack of the carnivorous fish but it isn’t—thanks to the set of scales it’s evolved over millions of years. The Air Force hopes studying the scales could lead to better protection for humans and airplanes.

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Snakes of the Cairns region North Queensland Australia

Snakes of the Cairns region

  • Front-fanged venomous snakes (Family Elapidae)
  • Pythons: non-venomous constrictors (family Boidae)
  • File snakes (Family Acrochordidae)
  • Non-venomous and rear-fanged venomous snakes (Family Colubridae)
  • Blind snakes (Family Typhlopidae)
  • Legless lizards (Family Pygopodidae)

There can be great variation in appearance between individual snakes of the same species. The descriptions below are based on general characteristics. It can be difficult to positively identify some snakes. Never approach snakes and never assume that they are non-venomous.

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Six-metre python skin discovered in a nursery roof space – as its owner admits she put the slithering beast there decades ago to ‘take care of the rats’

  • A monstrous six-metre python was discovered to be living in the roof of a home
  • A pest controller removed the skin it had shed from a hole in the spare bedroom
  • Homeowner Yvonne Cunningham admitted she put the snake in there herself
  • She says using snakes to deal with unwanted vermin is a ‘classic bushy trick’
  • The snake, named Monty, has since started a family in the roof of the home 

The reptile was last pictured in 2015 slithering along the gutter of the steel roof in Innisfail, south of Cairns

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