The GIF, which was found on Reddit, is sped up to reveal the mechanics behind how a snail slimes and glides and smooths its way over a surface. The body roll looks like a conveyor belt and is both gross and a weird sort of beautiful. Cool party trick.
A group of researchers from the ecology department at the U.K.'s University of Exeter have been spending time studying how snails transmit a parasite called lungworm to dogs in Great Britain. Ah, my god, how boring. But they made something beautiful out of the project when they attached LEDs to the slow-moving slugs…
Yeah, so giant African land snails are infesting southern Florida. They're the kind that can eat through plaster and stucco and they get as big as rats. When the rainy season ends in a few weeks the population will explode. It's a bad situation.
The idea of using insects and other small creatures as data-gathering devices has always been hampered by the need for short-lived external batteries. But what if you used the animal's own metabolism to continuously power their sensors?
Unlike the world's biggest bugs, these Partula snails are so small they look like little ants wearing a Halloween snail costume. And even though I usually hate bugs, when you miniaturize them, they look kind of cute!
Fashion is a fickle beast, but it gets strange when putting snail slime on your face becomes a thing. Come again? Apparently, snail goo is being marketed in such places as South America and South Korea as the best thing for your skin.
Good news for homosexual male snails living off the coast of Western Australia, as the female sex of the Thais Orbita species have all grown rather large "members" on their heads. Sadly, the head-peni have formed due to chemical reactions.
I've never witnessed a fish tank snail move a micrometer, but as one reader's time lapse of his snail's afternoon will attest, these guys are workin' it—proving again that the world really needs more joyous time lapse photography.
Forget legs or treads or wheels, everyone, because tomorrow's robots will traverse the earth on a thin film of slime, just like the humble snail. At least, that's MIT associate professor Anette Hosoi's vision of our robot future, and she has the "Robosnail" prototype to prove it. Since 2003, Hosoi and a revolving…