Zooillogix

Archives for May, 2009

It seems like we’ve been covering zombie bugs a lot lately. The newest story comes from Texas, where researchers are trying out a new form of pest control on invasive fire ants: using parasitic flies to lay eggs in the ants brains, zombify them, and then explode their heads with emerging larvae. Seems reasonable. We’re…

Monkey Juice

by Katie the Lowly Intern Does the sinking feeling of knowing you could have gotten what you wanted had you made better choices in life sound familiar? Like how if in college, had you gotten a real degree, set goals for yourself, and not tried to buy friendships with your credit card, you could possibly…

Thanks to the Shmata Kid for the link.

FYI

Training Circus Lobster

I cannot train my dog Mathman not to pee on the damned carpet but New England Aquarium’s senior trainer, cryptically known simply as “Erin”, can teach a lobster to score higher on the GRE than me. As some readers of this blog may know, I have long been concerned with growing Lobster / Human tensions…

by Katie the Lowly Intern Researchers at Cambridge University have debunked the long standing myth that freshwater algae can’t dance. Volvox, while sounding like a herpes medication for mad scientists, is a spherical algae organism made up of only about 1,000 cells. They get their swerve from their flagella (think sperm tails) which they wag…