How could anyone go two years without noticing something this huge? Well, humans have been around for 200,000. Bristle worms and their polychaete brothers have survived five mass extinctions.
Those among you with a fear of worms the size of watermelons should avert your eyes now. It's about to get weird in here.
When an Indian man asked a doctor to examine his irritated eye, the doctor discovered the man had a little squirming company. A 15-cm parasite was swimming about around the fellow's eyeball, and the surgery was recorded for Internet posterity.
Archaea are some of the most abundant and least understood, organisms on the planet. These single-celled creatures weren't even properly discovered until the 1970s, and big questions about them remain unanswered, such as whether other organisms ever eat them.
We know there are a few species that don't die of old age, like the giant tortoise and naked mole rat. But those species aren't truly immortal — as they still eventually die. These tiny worms might be a different story... one which could have major implications for humans trying to live longer.
This awesome photo is of a newly discovered deep sea worm, Swima fulgida. Measuring just over an inch long, this little guy lives 9,000 feet underwater and escapes predators by flinging homemade "bombs" at its enemies.
Last week it came to our attention that the phrase "blast off" was coined—not in a purely scientific context, but a science fictional one—by E. E. Smith, an early science fiction author often referred to as "the father of space opera." The term appeared in Smith's 1937 story Galactic Patrol, when one character…
Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are currently studying a group of yet-unnamed boneworms of the genus Osedax. The worms' larvae infest the carcasses of dead animals found on the ocean floor and gradually chow down on the bones. [PhysOrg]