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, […]Read more "Wasp Venom Kills Cancer Cells"
A small pug nicknamed “Teddy” is lucky to be alive after the elderly dog was left to die inside a plastic garbage bag that was tossed along an isolated road in the Town of Royalton. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Bolton and Mountain Roads in Gasport. “It […]Read more "Girl Saves Dog Left For Dead In Plastic Bag"
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 […]Read more "Dog Given 3D Printed Limbs"
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 […]Read more "Cat Survives Blazing Forest Fire"
A dog was reunited with his owners after he went missing more than a year and a half ago, and this is all thanks to Facebook. The owners of the dog, named Drop Zone, are relieved to have him back. Drop Zone is a show dog and competed twice before he went missing. He is […]Read more "Missing Dog Reunites With Owner"
A judge in Phoenix, Arizona recently upheld a 2013 ordinance stating all dogs and cats sold from local pet stores must be rescue animals. Lawmakers and animal lovers believe that the law will help to put an end to puppy mills. The ASPCA states that most dogs available in pet stores are from puppy mills. […]Read more "Arizona Pet Stores Sell Only Rescued Animals"
Pandas remain among the most endangered bears in the world but the births of two sets of twin cubs bring hope. A giant panda breeding center in southwest China is celebrating the births of two sets of twin cubs in what is a boost to the animal’s small population. One of the female pandas, called […]Read more "Two Sets Of Twin Panda Cubs Born"
Barnacle is a 2-year-old terrier mix who is now living at the Coast Guard station in Milwaukee. Petty Officer Anthony Kaminski’s wife found Barnacle wandering in a grocery store parking lot while Kaminski was stationed in South Florida. The Kaminskis spend six weeks looking for his owner, but no one came forward. When Kaminski was […]Read more "Coast Guards Make Stray Dog Their New Mascot"
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 […]Read more "Cat And Owl Become Best Friends"
A 6-year-old girl attacked by a pit bull while helping her grandmother do the laundry wants to grow up to be a vet. Lia Vega was bitten in the chest by 10-year-old Tiga in the basement of 656 West 162nd St. about 9 p.m. Tuesday, witnesses said. Vega ran as soon as she saw the dog […]Read more "Girl Attacked By Pitbull Still Wants To Become A Vet"