Plants and Animals

Fanged Deer Spotted In Afghanistan

Photo credit: The unusual fangs of a musk deer are used by males during the breeding season. A population of Kashmir musk deer were found living in Afghanistan. This photo is of a similar species, the Siberian musk deer / Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

Some 60 years after its last sighting in Afghanistan, the mysterious fanged deer makes a reappearance along the country’s steep, forested slopes. A recent survey has confirmed five sightings. 

The Kashmir musk deer, Moschus cupreus, is one of seven Moschidae species found in Asia. Their vampiric fangs aren’t used to aid bloodsucking, nor do they deliver venom like vipers. Rather, these tusks are used by males during breeding (or rutting) season to compete with other males and impress the ladies. 

The Brain

A Man's Arachnophobia Was Literally Cut Out Of His Brain

Photo credit: Renato Lombardero via Flickr

Medical imaging studies have shown that the region of our brain called the amygdala plays a big role in the neural network that mediates specific phobias -- among them, arachnophobia. New Scientist reports on the curious case of a 44-year-old business man who abolished his lifelong fear of spiders by having that part of his brain removed. 

The Brain

Scared Out Of Your Mind: Halloween, Fear And The Brain

Photo credit: Larger than life or small time? Herval, CC BY

Children and adults alike are digging out those spooky costumes ready for a celebration. We’ve reached that time of year again: Halloween. October 31 is dedicated to remembering the dead.

We’ve all experienced fear, but Halloween is the particular time of year when we look for that rush that usually accompanies feeling scared. Are you in need of a “scare-specialist” for this year’s Halloween celebrations? Then you need not look further than your very own brain.

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