Punk's not dead: Scientists have named a particularly spiky-looking snail after late Clash rocker (and environmentalist) Joe Strummer. Alviniconcha strummeri "lives in clusters around deep-sea hydrothermal vents" and its shell "is a myriad of colors due to chemicals found around the vents, and sometimes features… » 1/06/15 3:20pm 1/06/15 3:20pm

Forgetful snails could tell us about how our memories work

Snails, like all animals, need to remember. They need to remember what is good or bad to eat, what might be trying to eat them, and who they recently mated with. All of these things can prove extremely important in the fight to survive and reproduce; and understanding how a snail forgets such things can teach us about » 12/19/13 7:40am 12/19/13 7:40am

Colorful snail poop could be used to manufacture flooring

When garden snails (Helix aspersa) eat colored paper, they poop colored feces, which designer Lieske Schreuder is hoping to use as the material for colorful tiles. » 11/30/13 3:00pm 11/30/13 3:00pm

Why do knights fight snails in illuminated manuscripts?

The marginalia of illuminated manuscripts is weird. When monks weren't complaining about their jobs as they hand-copied line after line, they were inserting fart jokes into the margins. But one weirdly persistent image is of knights battling snails. Why? » 9/28/13 10:30am 9/28/13 10:30am

A translucent snail has been found in one of the world's deepest caves

Scientists working in the Lukina Jama–Trojama cave in Croatia — one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world — have unearthed a completely new species of snail that's adorned with a beautifully shaped, dome-like translucent shell. » 9/11/13 6:20am 9/11/13 6:20am

Do these male snails have the worst parenting arrangement ever?

Male members of the marine snail species Solenosteira macrospira have it tough. Not only do they take on childcare duties, they also have to care for the offspring produced by other dads. To make matters worse, baby snails cannibalize their siblings while they're still embryos, a behavior the dads are helpless to… » 8/29/12 10:30am 8/29/12 10:30am

Supposedly extinct snail is not dead yet

The Oblong Rocksnail hasn't been collected in more than 75 years, and in 2000 was declared extinct thanks to habitat loss. Surprisingly, the snail has been rediscovered, but is still under severe threat. » 8/09/12 10:37am 8/09/12 10:37am

Researchers have created electricity generating "cyborg snails"

In The Matrix, the Machines farm humans for energy. Today, we do the exact same thing with tiny critters like cockroaches. » 3/13/12 2:59pm 3/13/12 2:59pm

Snail brains prove we learn better at some times than others

Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have proved that brains are better at learning at certain periods than others, thanks to analyzing the brains of sea snails. » 12/30/11 11:00am 12/30/11 11:00am

Scientists sort out the secrets of bubble-rafting snails

For years, scientists have marveled at the seafaring abilities of snails like Janthina janthina (pictured above), which produce a biological bubble-wrap that enables them to float just below the water's surface in oceans around the world. » 10/18/11 8:30am 10/18/11 8:30am

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

Attack of the Giant Snails! French animated film is like Kaiju by way…

You've already marveled at Fantastic Planet, the demented 1973 French film about giant blue people holding tiny humans hostage. But have you seen Les Escargots, the 1965 giant snail movie by the same creator? » 3/02/11 5:30pm 3/02/11 5:30pm

Australian researchers transform sea snail spit into pain-relieving…

The marine cone nail Conus victoriae is venomous to its prey (and humans), but Australian researchers have isolated a non-addictive, pain-relieving chemical from its saliva. This cyclized peptide, known as α-conotoxin cVc1.1, can be ingested orally in pill form. » 7/28/10 12:14pm 7/28/10 12:14pm

The Savage Colors of Naked, Toxic Sea Snails

There is a kind of soft, toxic snail that lives in the sea called a Nudibranch. The many kinds of Nudibranch all have intense coloration and weird shapes — so weird, in fact, that National Geographic just devoted an entire gallery to the strange creatures. See below for more multicolored, deep-sea weirdness worthy of… » 5/15/08 7:00am 5/15/08 7:00am