Excessive sunbathing is linked with all sorts of health risks in humans, but the Western Boxelder bugs of British Columbia use sunlight to ward of illness. It's all part of one of the more bizarre biological processes we've yet encountered.
These bugs might just be the hardest organisms on the planet. They're the only creatures observed alive inside an electron microscope that actually survived this airless, high-radiation environment. This discovery could mean big things for life on other worlds.
You can visit the desolate world of Wall-E, this summer's animated movie about a trash-compacting robot, in an upcoming xBox game. Judging from these early screen shots, it looks like the Wall-E game may do too good a job of capturing the robot's loneliness and the toll of time on his robotic circuits. You'll be able…