Barbadians slam discovery, naming of tiny snake (AP)

In this photo taken in 2006 and released on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, by U.S. scientist S. Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Penn State University, the globe's tiniest snake is shown curled up on a U.S. quarter. Hedges said Sunday he has discovered the globe's tiniest species of snake in the easternmost Caribbean island of Barbados, with full-grown adults typically less than four inches (10 centimeters) long. He named the diminutive snake 'Leptotyphlops carlae' after his herpetologist wife, Carla Ann Hass. (AP Photo/Penn State University, S. Blair Hedges)AP – A small snake has sparked a big debate in Barbados. Residents of the wealthy Caribbean nation have been heating up blogs and clogging radio airwaves to vent their anger at a U.S. scientist, who earlier this week announced his “discovery” of the world’s smallest snake and named it “Leptotyphlops carlae,” after his wife Carla.

Russia, Georgia seek control of South Ossetia capital (Reuters)

Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili speaks to the media during a visit to a military hospital in Gori, August 7, 2008. (Irakli Gedenidze/Pool/Reuters)Reuters – Russian forces battled
pro-Western Georgian troops in South Ossetia on Friday in an
escalating conflict that threatens to engulf a key energy
transit route to Western Europe.

FDA: Some cholesterol and heart drugs don’t mix (AP)

Bottles of Vytorin are seen in an undated handout photo. REUTERS/Schering-Plough/HandoutAP – Patients taking some common medications for high cholesterol and irregular heart beats can suffer severe muscle damage because of a problem in the way the drugs interact, the government warned on Friday.