Illegal reptiles smuggled into Australia after US popularity

When it comes to importing illegal reptiles, Australia’s trade closely follows US trends, according to an analysis published in Conversation Letters. A team of researchers from the University of Adelaide and University of Aberdeen, UK, compared 75 species of live reptiles illegally smuggled into Australia in the last two decades. They found that the majority … Continue reading Illegal reptiles smuggled into Australia after US popularity

How snakes got their fangs

The mystery of the evolution of snake fangs may have been solved by scientists at Flinders University. Fangs have evolved independently time after time among many lineages of venomous snakes, but are rarely seen in other reptiles. Now, scientists have revealed that microscopic features of snake teeth – that may have evolved for an entirely … Continue reading How snakes got their fangs

Hold it softly like an elephant would

Engineers in Australia have gone back to nature in the quest to design a robotic gripper that can deal with tight spaces and delicate situations. Their soft fabric prototype, described in a paper in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies, behaves like an elephant’s trunk to pick up and release objects without breaking them. “Animals such … Continue reading Hold it softly like an elephant would