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Post by ES on Thu May 02, 2013 8:30 pm

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Post by spanky on Thu May 02, 2013 11:36 pm

@RedOranje wrote:
@spanky wrote:actually that flying scorpion is real, just google "flying scorpion"
You're right, the image is real. It is NOT a scorpion though, and is harmless to humans.

never said they were harmful :coffee:

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Post by RedOranje on Thu May 02, 2013 11:48 pm

No, you didn't. But labeling it a "flying scorpion" without quotes does imply as much.

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Post by spanky on Fri May 03, 2013 12:59 am

well its informal name is the scorpion fly but i get ur point.

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Post by Forza on Sun May 05, 2013 10:57 am

AbraKebabra Alacalamb wrote:Done a good job freaking me out too.



I can not stand spiders, always a big one hiding behind something when I least expect it :facepalm:

Thank god i'm not in somewhere like Australia.

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Post by RedOranje on Fri May 10, 2013 2:25 am

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Post by Forza on Wed May 15, 2013 2:05 am



Spider eating a snake, Australia.

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Post by RedOranje on Wed May 15, 2013 2:15 am

I think, given the nature of the images, ""Australia" is unnecessary as it's about the only continent where that sort of thing happens with any regularity.








...probably because they all live upside down.

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Post by Forza on Wed May 15, 2013 5:52 am

@RedOranje wrote:I think, given the nature of the images, ""Australia" is unnecessary as it's about the only continent where that sort of thing happens with any regularity.








...probably because they all live upside down.
Yeah, the worst thing happened today, I was riding my kangaroo to work today and I got a speeding ticket. The fine was 3 emu eggs which is a pain because I was going to use that money to get a Koala-fur jacket to match the pants I bought last week.

btw, those spiders also eat birds.

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Post by Kick on Wed May 15, 2013 7:22 am

@Forza wrote:
@RedOranje wrote:I think, given the nature of the images, ""Australia" is unnecessary as it's about the only continent where that sort of thing happens with any regularity.








...probably because they all live upside down.
Yeah, the worst thing happened today, I was riding my kangaroo to work today and I got a speeding ticket. The fine was 3 emu eggs which is a pain because I was going to use that money to get a Koala-fur jacket to match the pants I bought last week.

btw, those spiders also eat birds.

Pigs never bother me when I take my Croc instead of the Roo. Bad luck there.

Btw, that picture is freaky, why do I live here? No

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Post by RedOranje on Wed May 15, 2013 10:28 pm

@Forza wrote:
@RedOranje wrote:I think, given the nature of the images, ""Australia" is unnecessary as it's about the only continent where that sort of thing happens with any regularity.








...probably because they all live upside down.
Yeah, the worst thing happened today, I was riding my kangaroo to work today and I got a speeding ticket. The fine was 3 emu eggs which is a pain because I was going to use that money to get a Koala-fur jacket to match the pants I bought last week.

btw, those spiders also eat birds.

At least you have enough of a sense of humor to get my joke...




















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Post by Kick on Thu May 16, 2013 2:26 am

The picture in the spoiler Sums up Australia so well.

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Post by Forza on Thu May 16, 2013 6:27 am

I was surprised it was actually a Holden too.

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Post by Kick on Thu May 16, 2013 9:48 am

All thats missing is a wog and a bogan. Proud

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Post by RealGunner on Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:42 pm

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Post by Tomwin Lannister on Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:27 pm

Lmfao

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Post by RedOranje on Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:34 am







The stinger of the Asian giant hornet is about 6 mm (¼ in) in length, and injects an especially potent venom that contains, like many bee and wasp venoms, a cytolytic peptide (specifically, a mastoparan) that can damage tissue by stimulating phospholipase action, in addition to its own intrinsic phospholipase. Masato Ono, an entomologist at Tamagawa University near Tokyo, described the sensation as feeling "like a hot nail being driven into my leg".


A Each year in Japan, the human death toll caused by Asian giant hornet stings is around 30-40.

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Post by Tomwin Lannister on Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:42 pm

F*ck me they have the dimensions of a kitten Laughing



How would you even go about killing one of those bad boys without preparing beforehand? I'd like to be prepared for that though.

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Post by RedOranje on Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:38 am

Marc Lallanilla wrote:Flesh-Eating Worms Invade Woman's Ear

After the British tourist returned from a vacation in Peru earlier this year, she started experiencing headaches, shooting pains down the side of her face and an unexplained discharge from one ear.

Those symptoms, plus the bizarre scratching sounds she continued hearing, prompted Harris to visit a doctor soon after her return to England.

Though doctors at first dismissed the symptoms as nothing more than an ear infection, specialists soon made a startling discovery: Harris' ear was filled with flesh-eating worms, according to the Daily Mail.

The worms that Harris, 27, was hosting were the larvae of the New World screwworm fly (Cochliomyia hominivorax). The fly is a notorious livestock pest that also seeks out pets, zoo animals and occasionally humans as hosts.

A pregnant female screwworm fly seeks an open wound on the skin of a warm-blooded animal to lay her eggs. Within 24 hours, the eggs hatch into tiny larvae that feed on living tissue and bodily fluids, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The screwworm fly was, after many years of eradication efforts, eliminated from the United States in 1959 by a program that introduced sterile males into the population. The fly, however, continues to plague livestock in parts of Central and South America.

A close relative, the secondary screwworm fly (Cochliomyia macellaria), feeds on dead or diseased flesh. The larvae of this fly have been used successfully in "maggot therapy" to clean infected wounds and promote healing after surgery.

Harris was apparently infected after a swarm of flies pestered her while hiking in Peru; one flew into her ear, but after she shooed the insect away, she thought nothing more of it.

Surgeons succeeded in removing what they called a "writhing mass of maggots" from Harris' ear, the Daily Mail reports. Though a tiny hole had been chewed into her ear canal, Harris suffered no serious damage from her ordeal.

In fact, there may be one positive development from her infection: "I'm no longer as squeamish as I was about bugs," Harris told the Daily Mail. "How can you be when they've been inside your head?"

http://news.discovery.com/animals/insects/flesh-eating-worms-invade-womans-ear-130717.htm

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Post by Lex on Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:49 pm

That is, quite literally, the stuff of nightmares

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Post by RedOranje on Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:55 am

How to Read a Scientific Paper (About That Researcher With a Nematode in His Mouth)

By Deborah Blum 10.14.13 12:31 PM

Too often we open a journal, scan the title of a scientific paper – for instance, “Gongylonema pulchrum in a Resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, Verified by Genetic Analysis” – and dismiss it. We think “Yeah, yeah, infection in a small Virginia town” – and turn the page.

Later we may regret that.

Later we may realize that if we’d actually read the paper– or at least read between the lines – we would have discovered a story worth our time. Perhaps the story of a biologist who pulled a nematode out of his cheek with a pair of forceps. Really good forceps, according to the paper: “#5 super fine tip, Roboz Surgical Instrument Co. Inc.” forceps.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. The forceps come later in the story.

Let’s rewind to September 2012. It was about then- according to this recently published report (paywall) in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine – that an “otherwise healthy, 36-year-old man” felt a rough patch in his mouth, a scaly little area in his right cheek. It didn’t hurt. But then it didn’t stay there either. He started testing for it with his tongue. It traveled. It moved to the back of his mouth, then forward, coiled backwards again. In the language of science: “These rough patches would appear and disappear on a daily basis, giving the patient the indirect sense that there was an organism moving within the oral cavity.”

Or in the English language: “Yuck.”

In the interests of transparency, the science journalist confesses that “yuck” was her reaction. Not so for the scientist, apparently. As the paper also tells us, the patient was “coincidentally trained as an invertebrate biologist.” A little journalistic investigation finds that this is scientific code for “Jonathan D. Allen,” who is one of the coauthors of the paper.

Further investigation leads to a phone call with Prof. Allen. He works at the College of William and Mary’s biology department. He’s fascinated by crawly little lifeforms. “Yuck” never crossed his mind.

“Wow, this is really interesting,” thought Allen. And then 1) I hope it’s not fatal and 2) I hope it’s publishable. Although the journalist may have listed those in the wrong order. After all, Allen did email his colleagues with the subject line: “A paper in my mouth.”

In mid-December, as the paper tells us: “The patient was able to visualize the rough patch in the mucosa of his lower lip after migration of the worm towards the opening of the mouth.” In other words, in the midst of giving a final exam, Allen realized that the creature had journeyed to the front of his mouth. As soon as the exam was over, he rushed to the men’s room, pulled down his lip, and saw the coiling structure of a tiny worm-like creature just under the inner skin.

Was he thrilled? He took pictures (which you will find in the paper). He pulled down his lip to show his colleagues (those who would look). He took more pictures. He used the images to do internet research (yes, Google) and made a tentative identification of the creature in his mouth as a parasitic nematode best known for inhabiting the mouths of livestock.

And then he called his doctor. Who referred him to an oral surgeon. Who didn’t believe him.

Really.

Referring back to the paper: “Upon presenting the oral surgeon with photographic evidence (Figure 1A and B) and a detailed description and preliminary diagnosis of gongylonemiasis, the surgeon disputed the patient’s self-diagnosis, claiming this was simply normal discoloration of the skin.”

Referring back to my notes: “My jaw just dropped,” Allen said. But he couldn’t change the surgeon’s mind. “I said, ‘Look, I study these things for a living’. And he said, ‘Well, I look in people’s mouths every day.” The scientist and surgeon did not part on a happy note. “I paid my co-pay and left. It was totally depressing.”

And he stayed depressed – “I’d lost faith in the medical profession” – until he woke up about 3 a.m. the following morning. The spot had moved toward the front of his mouth again. He realized could remove the worm himself.

Of course, he needed help. No surgeon can work alone. He woke up his wife (Margaret Pizer, a communications specialist for Virginia Sea Grant) so that she could shine a flashlight in his mouth. With those #5 super fine tip Roboz Surgical Instrument forceps, he gently scraped the lining of his mouth until he was able to pull out the nematode. It came coiling out, a little less than an inch in length. It was not a happy parasite. “It was writhing.”

His surgical assistant wasn’t too thrilled either. “She said, ‘That’s really gross’.”

Referring to the paper: “The living and highly active parasite was transported to the patient’s research laboratory at the College of William and Mary.”

Referring to my notes: Still in his pajamas, Allen hurried to campus. He had the live parasite in a vial, floating in his spit. When he got to the lab, he took further measurements and then dropped it into a container with an ethanol solution to preserve it.

And referring one more time to the paper (the one you should have stopped and read): “The long transparent worm was readily identified as a nematode belonging to the genus Gongylonema.”

Allen discovered that he was the 13th known human in the United States to be infected by the nematode. He’s still trying figure out how he acquired his companion – he speculates that the worm could have been in his wellwater or in something he ate, possibly in a box of raisins. Globally, there’s no clear pattern to such cases except that they are rare.  Scientists have identified some 50 or so cases of human infection; the first was reported in 1996 in Japan.

So Allen wanted to be sure that this was indeed the parasite that he’d extracted from his cheek. A colleague from Eastern Virginia Medical School, who specialized in genetic analysis came forward to help him make a more detailed identification. Aurora Esquela-Kerscher fell completely into the spirit of the research. No Gongylonema for her laboratory. She suggested they call the nematode “Buddy.” As in: Let’s use PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to amplify Buddy’s DNA, detail the exact genetic sequence, and verify his identification. Which is what they did; this was, in fact, the first paper to do genetic analysis of this over-friendly little nematode.

“It’s the only paper I’ve ever published in a medical journal,” Allen says. “It’s a fun story to tell and it grosses my students out. But also I’m at a college where we train a lot of pre-med students. We always debate what they need to know, how to give them the ability to think critically and to see things that are not normal.”

In other words, a good scientific paper will remind you that your definition of “normal” is way too narrow. Okay, now you can turn the page.




Image: Buddy, the nematode, suspended in ethanol solution, courtesy of Jonathan D. Allen, Department of Biology, College of William and Mary.
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/how-to-read-a-research-paper-about-that-scientist-with-a-nematode-in-his-mouth/

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