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Snakes, society and Swansea: the science exhibitions to book now

A festival of social science—and a new exhibition about venom

By Anjana Ahuja   November 2017

Risk: a Western diamondback rattlesnake.

Venom: Killer and Cure 

Natural History Museum, 10th November to 13th May 2018

The sting of a large box jellyfish can kill a human within five minutes, giving it a starring role in the Natural History Museum’s new autumn exhibition. Venomous species are distinct from merely poisonous ones: they actively bite, sting or scratch in order to prey on other animals or defend themselves. Today, the toxins are being put to medicinal use too. Pain doesn’t necessarily equate to lethality: the tarantula hawk…

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