Monster inside you

Monster inside you

Faceless.  Fanged.  Blood-sucking.  Ravenous.  These are stuff of horror films.  They’re also the stuff of reality, albeit substantially smaller in stature than the monsters of Hollywood.  In Hollywood, this monster would be large, appear suddenly and dramatically, attacking and devouring people by the dozens, and be virtually unstoppable.  In reality, they are small and have been around for millennia.  What isn’t different though, is the massive number of people affected and the struggle to quell their impact. 

So who or what is this real monster?

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Sex is Weird: Rhombozoans

Sex is Weird: Rhombozoans

 

Today our exploration of strange sex takes us into the vast wilderness of cephalopod kidneys. Within this renal wonderland there is a phylum (or maybe a class) of parasitic animals known as rhombozoans. Scientists know very little about these worm-like creatures (including how they get into the kidneys in the first place), but they are certain about one thing regarding their method of reproduction: it’s really weird.

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