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Scientists look to West African snake for help building better camouflage

Scientists have identified nanostructures in the ultra-black skin markings of an African viper which they said Thursday could inspire the quest to create the ultimate light-absorbing material. The West African Gaboon viper, one of the largest in Africa and a master of camouflage, has dark spots in the geometrical pattern…

Cobra escapes Bronx Zoo exhibit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Bronx Zoo closed its reptile house exhibit over the weekend after workers discovered a highly poisonous Egyptian cobra was missing from its enclosure. The snake’s disappearance prompted zoo officials to immediately shut down the reptile house late Friday until further notice “out of an abundance…

MSNBC anchor: Glenn Beck and Goldline are ‘snake oil salesmen and scumbags’

Glenn Beck is under fire for his connection to a precious metals seller that is ripping off American people, according to critics. In a report released Wednesday, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) called for an investigation into Goldline’s alliance with conservative personalities. Weiner claims that Goldline sells gold coins for 90…

Palin: America does not need ‘this snake oil science stuff’

Up yours, scientists. That’s essentially the message sent by former politician Sarah Palin during a recent speech to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, where she disparaged the work of thousands of the world’s top minds to the delight of a large crowd that laughed, clapped and cheered her on the…

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