Optogenetics -- Combination switch turns neurons on and off
(PhysOrg.com) -- Flies that display courtship behaviour at the press of a button, worms made to wriggle by remote control: since the dawn of optogenetics, scientists can turn nerve cells on and off using pulses ...
New species of 'spiral poo worms' found in the Atlantic
They could be mistaken for exotic blooms, but the colorful creatures captured in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean actually belong to a family of recently discovered acorn worms.
Polar quest: Will Antarctic worms warm to changing climate?
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at the University of Delaware are examining tiny worms that inhabit the frigid sea off Antarctica to learn not only how these organisms adapt to the severe cold, but how they will ...
Global warming changes balance between parasite and host in fish
(PhysOrg.com) -- Parasitic worms that infect fish, and have a devastating effect on fish reproduction, grow four times faster at higher temperatures providing some of the first evidence that global warming affects ...
Microscopic worms could hold the key to living life on Mars
The astrophysicist Stephen Hawking believes that if humanity is to survive we will have to pull up sticks and colonise space. But is the human body up to the challenge?
Gumby-like flexible robot crawls in tight spaces (w/ video)
Harvard scientists have built a new type of flexible robot that is limber enough to wiggle and worm through tight spaces.
Welsh mudstones reveal ancient sponge ecosystem
A remarkably complete record of a prehistoric seabed ecosystem of a kind never discovered before has been revealed with X-ray scanning.
Iran says Duqu malware under 'control'
Iran said on Sunday it had found a way to "control" the computer malware Duqu, which is similar to Stuxnet virus which in 2010 attacked its nuclear programme and infected more than 30,000 computers.
Bone-eating 'zombie' worms can no longer hide
Bone-eating 'zombie' worms may be good at keeping out of sight, living off dead whales in the darkness of the sea floor, but scientists have found out how to detect them, even if theres no trace of their ...
Symantec warns of new Stuxnet-like virus
US security firm Symantec has warned of a new computer virus similar to the malicious Stuxnet worm believed to have preyed on Iran's nuclear program.
Worms among first animals to surface after K-T extinction event, study finds
A new study of sediments laid down shortly after an asteroid plowed into the Gulf of Mexico 65.5 million years ago, an event that is linked to widespread global extinctions including the demise of big dinosaurs, ...
Obesity clues in humans may be unearthed first in a worm
Obesity is not regarded as an epidemic among tiny worms that dine on bacteria but for humans battling weight gain with seemingly insatiable appetites, research on a soil-dwelling roundworm may lead to clues for weight ...
Russia believes US, Israel behind Iran worm attack: official
Russia believes Israel and the United States were responsible for unleashing the malicious Stuxnet computer worm on Iran's nuclear programme last year, a top official said Friday.
Sea smarts: Scientists studying mollusks discover there is more than one way to make a brain
(PhysOrg.com) -- Seemingly simple animals such as the snail and squid have ransacked the genetic toolkit over the last half billion years to find different ways to build complex brains, nervous systems and shells, according ...