How could anyone go two years without noticing something this huge? Well, humans have been around for 200,000. Bristle worms and their polychaete brothers have survived five mass extinctions.
Look here. An American marine ribbon worm is giving birth.
NASA’s current logo dates back to 1959. It’s sort of a mess—a wonderful, retro-nostalgic mess—that’s hard to reproduce and doesn’t scale well. In fact, NASA even changed to a different logo that lasted almost 20 years before switching back. What happened?
This might look like the result of some wild nuclear accident, but in fact this worm is perfectly healthy. It just happens to glow bright green when exposed to certain wavelengths of light.
After the US and Israel cooked up Stuxnet—a potent cyber weapon aimed at Iran's nuclear facilities—whenever a virus targets Iran, it could be something major. This time around, the web threat wants to erase Iranian banks.
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.
Hillary Greenbaum has the story of the two NASA logos: The classic and current Meatball and the discarded Worm. It details the most absurd conversation between NASA Administrator Dr. James Fletcher and Deputy Administrator Dr. George Low:
Let's hope that no mad scientists discover an augmentation ray, because I would not like this hydrothermal worm to be the size of a whale. Heck, I don't even want it to be the size of a striped bass.
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.
Gholam-Reza Jalali, Iran's Commander of Civil Defense, claims that a new computer virus code-named "Stars" is attempting to compromise Iranian systems.
It's 26 inches long. It has a 5 inch girth. It has a ribbed body, and weighs in at 3 lbs. It's the World's Largest Gummy Worm, and I feel dirty watching this guy try to eat it.
Using magnetic nanoparticles, scientists have found a way to remotely control neurons and affect animal behavior.
It's lurking in millions of PCs around the world. It's incredibly sophisticated and resilient, with built-in p2p and digital code-signing technology. It revels in killing security software. On April 1, the Conficker worm will activate.
Microsoft is offering a $250,000 bounty for the Conficker worm's designer. Microsoft isn't alone in this hunt for the writer of the biggest PC worm in recent history.
SanDisk has created the first write-once SD memory card after over a year of talking about it. The WORM (Write Once Read Many) cards cannot be altered or deleted and are designed for information that must be kept intact, such as electronic voting records and police work. They are only 128MB for now, but bigger sizes…
The cunning masterminds behind the Storm worm are apparently rolling in great wealth. The boffins at IBM estimate the worm is netting just under $2 million per day for its creators. The Storm worm's financial success comes from the fact that it has successfully created a massive collection of autonomously running…
The Storm Worm Botnet currently infects between one and ten million computers worldwide, which means that it has access to a huge amount of processing power and somewhere between 1 and 10 petabytes of RAM. This apparently makes it one of the most powerful computers in the world, with more computing power than the ten…