An Opossum May One Day Save You From a Deadly Snakebite

While many of us hold the opossum in about as much esteem as a sewer rat, turns out, we ought to be showing this particular urban trashivore a lil' more respect. Opossums may end up saving thousands of humans from deadly snakebites each year. » 3/22/15 1:00pm 3/22/15 1:00pm

This Is What a Jellyfish Sting Looks Like in Microscopic Slow Motion

If you've ever been stung by a jellyfish, you'll know how incredibly painful it is—but you might not know why. In fact, their tentacles are covered in explosive cells that are like miniature hypodermic syringes filled with venom—and in this video, you can see how they work in microscopic slow motion. » 8/18/14 3:30am 8/18/14 3:30am

How the most poisonous fish on Earth can kill humans

The stone fish is the most poisonous fish in the sea and one of the most dangerous in the world. It can easily kill you if you step on it, injecting its venom deep inside your foot. If not treated promptly, the poison will kill you. This video by SmarterEveryDay shows how this simple killing machine works. » 6/26/14 12:26pm 6/26/14 12:26pm

Spiders Won't Bite

Spiders are often portrayed as malicious, bloodthirsty creatures looking for anything with a pulse to sink its fangs into—especially us humans. Look no further than movies like Arachnophobia, Arachnid or even Eight Legged Freaks. Even Peter Parker was the victim of a random spider bite. But the truth is, spiders don't… » 2/18/11 7:00pm 2/18/11 7:00pm

Sewer Slime Can Fix Bridges and Form Your Clothing

Imagine one day waking up, showering then coating yourself with a slime normally found in the sewers of England, which immediately takes the shape of your pants and shirt. It might sound like Spiderman 3—or just totally freakin' disgusting—but an industrial designer is taking the concept seriously, studying something… » 10/22/07 10:21am 10/22/07 10:21am