Yes, "Selfing" Is a Scientific Term

One of the most widely-studied worms in the world is the tiny, humble vinegar worm, known to science as C. elegans. And this worm has a really interesting way of reproducing. It's called selfing. » 1/05/15 4:51pm 1/05/15 4:51pm

Those weird bone eating worms just got weirder. A newly discovered species of Osedax worms — those incredibly cool and strange creatures that feed off whale bones — appears to be evolving in reverse. Males of the species have reverted to an earlier form, which is surprising because these genes should have… » 12/12/14 12:45pm 12/12/14 12:45pm

This Worm is Truly, Deeply Terrifying

This unsettling creature is called Eunice aphroditois, or colloquially the Bobbit worm. These critters can grow up to three meters long and have pincers capable of slicing its (sometimes larger) prey right in half. Also? It injects a toxin into its prey to make it easier to digest. Yum. » 8/16/14 10:00am 8/16/14 10:00am

Scientists have found that in worms and flies, the scent of pheromones from the opposite sex speeds up the aging process and shortens life — sometimes by as much as 40%! As Ed Yong points out in his latest column, there may be a trade-off between sex and longevity. » 11/29/13 7:30am 11/29/13 7:30am

How do you charm a worm?

Well, the obvious way to charm a worm is to tell it that it looks a little like Ryan Gosling, but you have to get it out of the ground first. And worm charming is a way to do just that. » 8/08/13 4:00pm 8/08/13 4:00pm

This glowing blue death worm could hold the key to human longevity

In an eerie discovery, we've found that dying worms emit an intense, blue glow that begins in their intestines before radiating outward into their entire bodies. Studying this "death fluorescence" allows researchers to understand how age-related death works in humans — and possibly, pathways to slowing it. » 7/23/13 3:20pm 7/23/13 3:20pm

Decapitated worms regrow their heads with old memories intact

It’s hard to let go of some memories, even if your head has been chopped off. Well, at least if you’re a flatworm. When these tiny critters are decapitated, their heads and brain eventually grow back. But more remarkable than that, so too do their previous memories. » 7/11/13 12:20pm 7/11/13 12:20pm

Ancient Penis-Headed Worm Pushes Fossil Record Back 200 Million Years

Behold Spartobranchus tenuis, a newly discovered creature that’s proving to be a crucial evolutionary missing link. The finding shows that biodiversity over half a billion years ago was more complex — and creepier — than previously thought. » 3/13/13 12:20pm 3/13/13 12:20pm

Paramount gives up on the Dune remake

We've been waiting for news on Hollywood's Dune reboot, ever since director Peter Berg left the project. Sadly, there's more bad news. Paramount is surrendering the rights to Dune. Basically, the new Dune is dead. » 3/23/11 6:30am 3/23/11 6:30am

Warrior worm parasites with huge mouths could be the future of…

Parasitic worm colonies are known to invade and castrate a tiny California horn snail, spawning thousands of tiny soldiers that take up 25% of the snail's body weight. These tiny warriors could actually revolutionize how we fight infections in humans. » 9/20/10 5:00pm 9/20/10 5:00pm

Public Utilities Group Confirms "Sewer Monster" Is Real, But Doesn't…

If you've been following the ongoing sewer monster story from North Carolina, I've got some seriously crazy news for you. First of all, the video of the throbbing poop-esque creature has been confirmed as real. But what is it? » 7/01/09 12:56pm 7/01/09 12:56pm

Giant Worm Not Actually Making Spice in Cornwall

Researchers at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Cornwall made a discovery worthy of a Frank Herbert novel: A massive, 4-foot-long reef worm that was chomping through their local corals. » 3/19/09 7:00am 3/19/09 7:00am