Wasp Venom Kills Cancer Cells

The social wasp Polybia paulista protects itself against predators by producing venom known to contain a powerful cancer-fighting ingredient. A Biophysical Journal study published September 1 reveals exactly how the venom’s toxin—called MP1 (Polybia-MP1)—selectively kills cancer cells without harming normal cells. MP1 interacts with lipids that are abnormally distributed on the surface of cancer cells, […]

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Dog Given 3D Printed Limbs

Derby is a dog who was born with malformed front legs. Unsatisfied with the currently-available wheeled options to assist disabled dogs, Derby’s owner sought additional help. The result was a set of custom designed, 3D printed prosthetic legs that allow Derby to run and play, just like any normal dog. Check out the heart-warming story […]

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Cat Survives Blazing Forest Fire

A Calico tabby named Ruthie Rosemary is a little miracle, but after the stunt she pulled last week, she likely has spent every last one of her nine lives.  In Northern California early last week, a lightning-sparked wildfire raged through Trinity County — and has since burned more than 33,000 acres — sending Debi and […]

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Cat And Owl Become Best Friends

Marimo and Fuku-chan live at the Hukulou Coffee shop, named after the Japanese word ‘owl.’ They struck up an unusual friendship after the coffee shop owner Ritsuko Nagahara brought the Scottish Fold kitten home to keep the owl company. “They were put together because they looked alike,” Mr Nagahara said. “Now they are inseparable.” Pictures […]

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