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Scientist Shows Some Fascinating Things About Venom, Blood And A Beating Heart

Note to self: don’t ever get bitten by a venomous snake.

It goes without saying that venom is scary. It can do a lot of things in our body, and none of them are good. It’s one of the main reasons why many species in the animal kingdom are deadly.

However, it appears that scientists have no time for fear due to their curious nature.

The Youtube channel Nature of Science just released an informative video about venoms.

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Assoc. Professor Jamie Seymour exhibited his knowledge about venoms by hosting the video titled “How venoms kill – Venom 101.” According to the Youtube channel, Professor Seymour is an expert when it comes to venoms. In the video’s description, they said:

It’s a fascinating world that Assoc. Professor Jamie Seymour knows a thing or ten about, after all that’s his shtick.

The video shows a brain dead toad getting a dose of jellyfish venom in its still beating heart.

In this experiment, we learn about the terrible repercussions of having a white heart. In the video, Seymour shows how the heart tightens and relaxes every time it pumps blood. However, upon injecting the venom, the heart ends up remaining in its tightened state.

Seymour decides to show the venom’s effect in the human body by using his blood as an example.

Using two vials of his own blood for demonstration, Seymour injects the one vial with a snake’s venom. The venom used was from the brown snake they captured.

The blood turned thick in just a few seconds after getting contaminated with the snake’s venom.

In the video, Seymour pours the two vials on the table for comparison. The fascinating thing you can notice is that the blood injected with the snake’s venom turns into a complete jelly. It is crazy to even imagine that happening to the blood inside your veins after getting bitten by a venomous snake.

If there’s one takeaway from the video, it’s that it made venom a lot scarier than it is now.

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Working Overtime Is Pretty Pointless, Says Study

Working overtime doesn’t really increase productivity, apparently.

How many hours do you work in a week? If you're working full time, chances are you put in at least 40 hours of work a week. But if you're holding more than one job or are constantly putting on extra hours, chances are you spend way more than that weekly. But is working overtime really benefiting you and your employer? According to research, not really.

Whether you're an employee or a self-employed entrepreneur, you can easily fall prey to working irregular hours. While you may think doing so helps your work get easier or your business grows bigger, it may not exactly be the case.

According to researchers, working for more than 50 hours a week can be a waste of time.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Christopher Columbus Shouldn’t Be Called a ‘Cultural Hero’

With everything he did, he’s definitely not worthy of having his own holiday.

Ah, Christopher Columbus. The man every person would want to meet (but unfortunately he’s dead). Everyone in this world knows how significant Columbus was and how he helped shape the world as we know it. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have his own holiday.

But no matter what people say about him – be it good or bad – he wasn’t the typical careless colonialist. In fact, he had to do the most twisted of things just to achieve success. And believe it or not, people during his time thought he was a monster.

To give you an idea about who Columbus really was, below are 10 straightforward facts about him. You’ll be surprised with how brutal this guy actually was....

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30 Surprisingly Weird Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Animals

I’m pretty sure you didn’t learn these in school.

We’ve learned a lot about animals way back our grade school days - from their classes and the way they live to even the hierarchy they're part of. Case in point, we know that doves and chickens come from the same class (birds), though the latter can’t fly. Or the fact that bats communicate with each other using biological sonar. Interesting, right?

While these continue to amaze us, our knowledge about animals is still too shallow. That’s because there is a lot to know about them, and you'll actually be surprised with some of them. Take for example wombats: These creatures actually have cube-shaped poop. Now that’s really interesting. Let's add this: Kiwis - contrary to popular belief - are in fact blind. They simply forage through the use of smell.

But anyway, enough with the tease and let’s get down to brass tacks. Below are some of the most wonderful – and even weirdest – facts about animals. They’re just too strange to believe!...

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