The venom of one of world's deadliest snakes could relieve pain

A snake with the largest venom glands in the world could hold the answer to pain relief, scientists have found.

Dubbed the "killer of killers", the long-glanded blue coral snake is known to prey on the likes of king cobras, according to BBC.

Venom from the 2m-long (6ft 6in) snake native to South East Asia acts "almost immediately" and causes prey to spasm.

'Bionic' plants can detect explosives

Scientists have transformed the humble spinach plant into a bomb detector.

By embedding tiny tubes in the plants' leaves, they can be made to pick up chemicals called nitro-aromatics, which are found in landmines and buried munitions, according to BBC.

Real-time information can then be wirelessly relayed to a handheld device.

The scientists implanted nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (tiny cylinders of carbon) into the leaves of the spinach plant. It takes about 10 minutes for the spinach to take up the water into the leaves.

The FRIENDLY dinosaurs: Huge cache of bones suggests bird-like creatures flocked together in social groups

Dinosaurs may not have been the solitary predators that they are often assumed to be.

According to a new study, they were social creatures that flocked together in groups like modern animals.

The research is based on bones from bird-like Avimimus dinosaurs that were found  a decade ago.

The common mythology of dinosaurs depicts solitary, vicious monsters running around eating everything,' explains Gregory Funston, PhD student.

'Our discovery demonstrates that dinosaurs are more similar to modern animals than people appreciate.

The large cache of bones was first discovered in 2006 at the Nemegt Formation in Mongolia.

The area is well known for an abundance of fossils.

The mystery of the 100,000 year cycle that plunges the Earth into an ice age

Tiny fossils at the bottom of the ocean may hold the clues to Earth’s mysterious ‘100,000 year problem.’

The history of our planet is marked by periodic plunges in and out of ice ages every 100,000 years, starting about a million years ago in what’s known as the Mid-Pleistocene Transition.

Before this, the phenomenon occurred more frequently, blanketing the Northern Hemisphere in vast ice sheets every 40,000 years.

Now, an analysis has revealed evidence of an abundance of CO2 stored deep in the ocean during the 100,000 year intervals, suggesting extra carbon dioxide was sequestered during these periods, lowering the temperature on Earth.

Researchers now say the oceans could be to blame for 100,000 year ice age intervals.

Why does our planet experience an ice age every 100,000 years?

Experts have offered up an explanation as to why our planet began to move in and out of ice ages every 100,000 years.

This mysterious phenomena, dubbed the '100,000 year problem', has been occurring for the past million years or so and leads to vast ice sheets covering North America, Europe and Asia. Up until now, scientists have been unable to explain why this happens.

Our planet's ice ages used to occur at intervals of every 40,000 years, which made sense to scientists as the Earth's seasons vary in a predictable way, with colder summers occurring at these intervals.

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