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Dubai isn't exactly lacking in eye-catching skyscrapers, but a new tower by automotive brand Bugatti and developer Binghatti is sure to turn heads. The stunning building will host luxury residences and include a pair of car elevators, allowing well-heeled owners to drive their Centodieci right up to their penthouse suite. Bugatti Residences will be located in Dubai's Business Bay. Judging from the renders available, the building's design is reminiscent of Zaha Hadid's more ambitious output and will combine a twisting curvy form with an eye-catching silvery exterior.
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This one surprised me a bit, I always thought that it was the bacterial infection that killed the animal and not the venom. Discovery and animal planet failed me 😓
Dispelling what one expert calls a scientific fairy tale, a new study shows that the fierce lizards ooze venom, not toxic bacteria, into bites to help weaken and ultimately kill their prey.

Komodo dragons kill using a one-two punch of sharp teeth and a venomous bite, scientists have confirmed for the first time.
The find dispels the common belief that toxic bacteria in the Komodos' mouths are responsible for ultimately killing the dragons' prey.


Komodo Dragons Kill With Venom, Researchers Find
Dispelling what one expert calls a scientific fairy tale, a new study shows that the fierce lizards ooze venom, not toxic bacteria, into bites to help weaken and ultimately kill their prey.

Komodo dragons kill using a one-two punch of sharp teeth and a venomous bite, scientists have confirmed for the first time.

The find dispels the common belief that toxic bacteria in the Komodos' mouths are responsible for ultimately killing the dragons' prey.

An animal that escapes a Komodo's initial attack soon weakens and dies. The fierce carnivore tracks the wounded creature and dines at its leisure once the prey collapses.

Researchers have long thought that the Komodo dragon, native to Indonesia, kills via blood poisoning caused by the multiple strains of bacteria in the dragon's saliva.

But "that whole bacteria stuff has been a scientific fairy tale," said Bryan Fry, a venom researcher at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Fry and colleagues studied the biochemistry of Komodo venom after they had the rare opportunity to examine two dragons from zoos that both had to be put down due to terminal illnesses.

The team found that the dragon's venom rapidly decreases blood pressure, expedites blood loss, and sends a victim into shock, rendering it too weak to fight.

In the venom, some compounds that reduce blood pressure are as potent as those found in the word's most venomous snake, western Australia's inland Taipan.

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While his colleagues expressed surprise at the findings, Fry said he wasn't so shocked.

His earlier research had shown that other lizard species—such as iguanas, legless lizards, and monitor lizards—are also venomous.

In fact, Fry estimates that close to a hundred of the more than 5,000 known lizard species use venom.

What is surprising, Fry said, is Komodo dragons' elaborate venom-delivery system.

"It's the most complex duct system described in reptiles to date," he said.

Snakes typically have a single venom duct that leads to their fangs. But Komodos have multiple ducts located between their teeth.

However, this means Komodo dragons don't deliver their venom as efficiently as snakes, Fry said.

Rather than injecting venom directly via a forceful bite, the dragons use a specialized bite-and-pull motion to ooze the toxin into wounds during a sustained, frenzied attack.

(Related: "Komodo Dragon's Bite Is 'Weaker Than a House Cat's.'")

The combination of venom and multiple lacerations from the lizards' sharp, serrated teeth is what makes the dragons so deadly.

"They're not like the cobra, where venom is the only game in town. Komodos have a combined arsenal," Fry said.

The findings suggest that the Komodo's ancient relative, the Megalania, used a similar venom-plus-wounding approach.

The giant lizard, which roamed Australia about 40,000 years ago, measured about 13 feet (4 meters) long.

Fry's work, published in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could mean that the Megalania was the largest venomous animal to have ever lived.
 

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How did it pop the balloon? It looked more like a finishing nail to me.
Broken glass pieces pop the balloon. That's actually somewhat similar to how a HESH rounds for tanks work (well not really but kinda). They blow up on outside of tank armor causing spalling inside the tank, damaging the tank from inside.

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Tobacco Industry Tactics: Makers of PFAS “Forever Chemicals” Covered Up the Dangers​

 

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How To Lucid Dream For Beginners:



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The YouTube video Military Whistleblower Claims US Has UFO Retrieval Program | Elizabeth Vargas Reports by the YouTube channel
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In an exclusive interview, an Air Force veteran and former member of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency speaks to NewsNation about what he claims are extraterrestrial craft recovered and kept secret by the U.S. government.

Grusch alleges the U.S. government has recovered non-human craft for decades and recently filed a whistle-blower complaint, stating he gave what he referred to as classified “proof” to Congress and the Intelligence Community Inspector General.

NewsNation has confirmed Grusch’s credentials and resume, but has not seen or verified the alleged proof he said he provided to investigators.

Grusch said he can’t show NewsNation the evidence for national security reasons.
 

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