United Airlines is really having a bad week. On the same dy where a passenger doctor was violently dragged of his flight to make way for United crew members, another passenger was stung by a scorpion that fell off from an overhead bin.
Eight new whip spiders have been found in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. The arachnids resemble a cross between a spider and a tailless scorpion. This discovery nearly doubles the number known to inhabit Brazil, which now totals 25.
Paleontologists have unearthed the fossils of our modern day scorpions' most ancient forefathers - creatures that have long been suspected to stalk the ocean's depths hundreds of millions of years ago. Interestingly, the latest sample, however, appears to have legs that would have been ideal for steady strides on land as well.
Scientists have long been in search of a cure to cancer, exploring every avenue possible. One scientist, Dipanjan Pan at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, has been looking to scorpion venom for the answer, making progress every day that shows their toxins may be the key to future cancer treatments.