How wasps produce their own antibiotics

We already know wasps are evil incarnate, but according to new research, they may yet have some redeeming features. Female beewolf digger wasps have colonies of symbiotic bacteria that inhabit their antennae and the wasps secrete this bacterial cocktail into the cocoons of their offspring. The bacteria create a potent … » 4/15/11 10:43am 4/15/11 10:43am

Giant, Deep Sea Sponges Evolved Fiber Optic Exoskeletons

Click to view » 11/13/08 8:20am 11/13/08 8:20am This gigantic sea sponge has an exoskeleton made of glass rods, and each rod can grow up to a meter in length. In the deep sea, these massive sponges contain a menagerie of other tiny lifeforms, all dependent on their sea sponge hosts for something in short supply far under the water. They need light -…