You can listen to an interview with Schmidt who developed the pain scale here (it is the first ten minutes) on a RadioLab podcast (I highly recommend their shows).
The Velvet Ant found in Virginia is red and black and therefore relatively easy to avoid. Velvet ants are actually female wingless wasps. More information about it can be found here. What's the difference between poison and venom? There's a TedEd Talk on that! Watch it HERE. How does your brain respond to pain? There's a TedEd Talk on that! Watch it HERE! Want to know more about ant colonies? There's a TED talk on it. Watch it here. The original Compound Interest article on insect venom and the Schmidt pain index can be found here.
If you were absent for the Physical versus Chemical lab, you can make up the majority of it by following the link below and watching YouTube videos of the experiments. You can also just check them out because they are cool.
Open a link in a new tab. In the blue box, look for "Play Games" and "Scatter." You will then need to drag the names to the correct formula. If it disappears, you matched it correctly. Play each set a couple of times until you get really good. You can also use these as flashcards and make up and take tests.
Click on the rice above to test your knowledge of the Periodic Table while earning rice for the United Nations World Food Program. You can also test your knowledge of vocabulary as an excellent SAT prep.