Researchers at the MIT Department of engineering wanted to study the best ways to burrow through granular material. And in order to study the phenomenon, they looked at snakes, lizards, roundworms, and clams — and made some amazing videos, that it's hard to look away from.
Some frighteningly muscular mice and nematode worms are running and squirming around a laboratory in Switzerland where scientists have genetically manipulated the critters to be harder, faster and stronger.
You know how sometimes a piece of awesome news turns sour because it opens the door for something terrible? That's what's happening in South Africa, where the discovery of "worms from Hell" means subterranean life on Mars is a lot more likely. Thing is, that "life" would probably be worms from Hell from Mars.