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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers: 54gene, mPharma, Cambridge Industries, FlexFinTx, Kuda, Moringa School and Sokowatch.

Black mamba snake venom is deadly but valuable for medicine

The curiosities of nature that make the black mamba snake feared for it's venom deadly are also what make it so valuable for medicine. The black mamba’s venom has painkilling proteins as potent as morphine and also has deadly neuro and cardiotoxins.

Black mamba snake venom is deadly but valuable for medicine
Black Mamba Snake

Black mamba snake venom is deadly but valuable for medicine

The black mamba is sub-Saharan Africa deadliest snake growing up to 13 feet in length, traveling at speeds of up to 12 mph and two drops of venom can kill a person, a mamba can have up to 20 drops in its fangs. Black mambas come in many colors, from beige to brown, gray body with a light colored belly.  Their name is derived from the color of their mouths rather than their skin. The snakes open their mouths when threatened and inside their mouth is a pitch black color.

Highly venomous and feared throughout the world, black mambas are famed for being curiosities of nature as well as the fastest and most dangerous snakes in sub-Saharan Africa.  The black mamba potent venom contains both neurotoxins and cardiotoxins; the first affects the nervous system, while the latter attacks the heart.  Its preferred habitat includes termite mounds, hollow tree trunks, granite hillocks and moist savannah and lowland forests. The female lies between 10 to 25 eggs and never returns to the hatchlings.

The black mamba bite symptoms include swelling and pain with a burning sensation, slurred speech, tunnel and blurred vision, drowsiness, mental confusion, and finally paralysis of all muscle groups including the heart by blocking messages between nerves and muscle.  Ironically, the black mamba also has pain killing proteins called mambalgins and these painkilling compounds are as potent as morphine. Venom from snakes has long been used for medicinal purposes.  

The properties that make the black mamba venom deadly are also what make it so valuable for medicine. Its venom toxins target the same molecules that need to be controlled to treat certain diseases.  According to Time.com and BBC.com it’s a challenge to find the toxin that hits only a certain target, but already top medicines for heart disease and diabetes have been derived from venom. 


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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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