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What Tarantula Toxins Teach Us About the Science of Pain
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What Tarantula Toxins Teach Us About the Science of Pain

When David Julius needs a fresh batch of venom, he usually calls an Australian. Which makes sense—the continent is literally crawling with poisonous critters. Julius has hundreds of samples; boxes upon boxes of vials milked from spiders, snakes, scorpions, and the occasional platypus. A humming gray refrigerator in his San […]

Insect Stings: Why Do They Ouch So Bad?
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Insect Stings: Why Do They Ouch So Bad?

Justin Schmidt does not have any tattoos or piercings. Not that he’s afraid of getting pricked. Or rather, stung. By bugs. Schmidt’s been stung by many, many, many bugs. Tiny, squishable things that leave temporary marks, but would probably have the most inked-up Hells Angel shaking in his chaps. Because […]