Parasitology Student Once Tried To Kill His Roommates With His Research

Roommate disputes can have some pretty gruesome consequences, but there is one case from 1970 in which one man was accused of using his research against his hated roomies. His weapon: Ascaris suum, the parasite that he was studying in school and which he allegedly used to make his roommates very ill. » 12/30/14 2:40pm 12/30/14 2:40pm

This carnivorous plant traps and digests its prey underground

When we think of carnivorous plants, we usually think of the clamping maw of the Venus Fly trap, or the rodent-luring pitcher plants — plants that keep their traps safely above ground where we can see them. But the seemingly innocent flowering plants of genus Philcoxia keep their weapons lurking underground, sticky… » 7/07/12 4:00pm 7/07/12 4:00pm

Will nematodes conquer space before humans?

Caenorhabditis elegans is a a less-than-one-millimeter-long nematode that matures and dutifully produces its next generation in space the same way it does on earth. C. elegans' biology shares certain important commonalities with that of humans. Therefore, University of Nottingham researchers are arguing that these… » 11/30/11 8:25am 11/30/11 8:25am

A heat-resistant worm that can live miles beneath the Earth's surface

Until recently, most scientists believed that only single-celled creatures were capable of enduring life in the hot, high-pressure zone beneath Earth's crust. Now they've discovered tiny worms (pictured above) who live as many as 2.2 miles below ground. What else will we find living deep inside the Earth? » 6/03/11 4:40pm 6/03/11 4:40pm