I knew venom was good for me.

The same researcher who discovered Komodo dragons are venomous is now hoping to harness the power of that venom for medicinal purposes. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Dr. Brian Fry has “uncovered anticoagulant properties to Komodo dragon venom which could help stroke patients, as well as properties which drop blood pressure which could be used . . . 

The Siskiyou Prize

Here’s an opportunity for all eco-conscious writers! The Siskiyou Prize for new environmental literature has just opened for submissions. Karen Joy Fowler will judge and the winner will earn a $1,000 prize and publication of their manuscript. Submit your environmental novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections between now and September 30, 2014.  

Buffy vs. The Dragon

This is how E! is billing their “news” about Sarah Michelle Gellar’s encounter with a Komodo dragon at a Los Angeles farmer’s market last weekend. Don’t get me wrong. I’m in the running for the biggest Buffyverse nerd on the planet, but is this experience worth our leisure reading time? At least E! refrained from . . . 

Good News for Goats

An article on LiveScience announced yesterday that Komodo population monitoring techniques may be changing. Traditionally dragons are live trapped with goat meat for bait, but a recent study suggested that cameras provide a viable alternative. It sounds like something that should have been implemented years ago, but apparently the relatively cool IR signature of reptiles . . . 

Baby Boom in Indonesia

An announcement recently came out of Indonesia that a clutch of artificially incubated Komodo dragons hatched at a zoo, and the story popped up on news sites all over the internet last week. What amazed me, as I read through the articles published worldwide, was the huge disparity of “facts” that each story listed about . . .