Slug Slime Is A Liquid Crystal And It's Actually Pretty Incredible

You do not become a forest-floor-creeping mollusk on good looks alone; to crawl effectively, you need something with which to lubricate your wriggling, slimy, slithering self. Mucus, secreted in abundance from your entire body, is just the ticket. But slug slime is good for a lot more than whole-body lubrication. » 3/03/15 7:00pm 3/03/15 7:00pm

This sea slug has a detachable penis

Sea slugs are weird. But their sexual habits are even weirder. Take Chromodoris reticulata for example. It's a "simultaneous hermaphrodite," meaning it has both male and female sexual organs which it uses at the same time when mating (making it the envy of the animal kingdom). Even stranger, however, is how its penisā€¦ » 2/13/13 10:46am 2/13/13 10:46am

Waterproof slug robot is like a mechanical amoeba running amok

When we think of futuristic robots, impeccably shiny metal chassis, gleeful tinny voices, and other anthropomorphic accoutrements come to mind. » 11/07/11 8:25am 11/07/11 8:25am

Japanese roboticists are building a mechanical slug

Researchers at Chuo University's Nakamura Lab are experimenting with Toro II, a robot that emulates the wave-like movements of gastropods. When moving, this omnidirectional robot keeps every segment of its body on the ground, affording it enhanced stability. » 7/05/11 3:50pm 7/05/11 3:50pm

Kleptoplast Slug Steals Plant Genes and Lives on Sunlight

A kleptoplast is an organism that steals genes from other organisms, usually by eating them. Usually those stolen genes don't actually function, but not so in the case of the leafy green E. chlorotica » 11/26/08 10:54am 11/26/08 10:54am sea slug. This little guy uses plant genes to generate its own photosynthesis factory - after eating its favoriteā€¦