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    "Like something from science fiction."

    A parasite that brainwashes insects...Then consumes their brain and grows out of them.

    http://neurophilosophy.wordpress.com...by-a-parasite/


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    that's freaky.
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    errughugh, i feel itchy!

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    That was on the telly about these jobbies the other week, david attenborough going on about the insects of the rainforest. Pretty sweet timelapse photography of that shroom erupting from the bullet ants brain.

    couldn't remember the name of the fungus cheers for the refresher

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    Because they are considered as environmentally safe, natural mortality agents, entomopathogenic fungi are used as biological pesticides to control pest species.
    Is it just me worried here?

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    Wow cool link Thanks 2b Boy. Here is another Ampulex compressa

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampulex_compressa

    http://scienceblogs.com/loom/2006/08..._para.php#more
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    i had heard about this briefly, though i heard a slightly diff version, so i guess this is the accurate version of it.

    so cool.
    thx for sharing.

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    whew....goosebumps....

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    i just spent the last half hour grossing out about it, laughing 'bout it, and sharing it with the studio here at work!

    rockin' awesome!

    ~chasing whims is not always a waste of time~

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    i saw this stuff on discovery channel or something.. freakin great if you ask me - JAG
    it's only after you've lost everything, that you're free to do anything..

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    Didn't Geiger base his concept for "Alien" on those wasps that lay their eggs inside still-alive paralyzed spiders?

    Insects and fungi ARE science fiction...
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    didnt know mushroms could infest and start growig on insects..crasy!

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    thats some messed up shit.

    Reminds me of when the baby alien poped out of that human in the movie aliens.

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    After metamorphosing, the adult worm induces its host to leave its terrestrial habitat, and to commit suicide by jumping into water and drowning itself, so that the worm can emerge:
    What the heck!

    Great find, really creepy.

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    Creepy stuff, thanks for posting!
    Might be a cool idea for a COW or something!

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    I remembering hearing about this a while ago, there was a really complicated life cycle for one of these creatures that involved several animals. It started off in snails in swamps, which fell into the water to be eaten by fish. The fish then decided it would be a really good idea to swim sideways near the surface of the water where their nice shiny sides could be seen by birds. The birds would eat the fish and then poop on the trees which would allow the snails to eat the poop...

    The one that really got me thinking though was one that was proven to remove a rats fear of the smell of cat's urine. In fact it developed a liking for it, making it easy prey for cats which worked out well for the bug since this is where it wants to be, in a cat.

    The name of this germ? Toxoplasmosis.

    Some of you may have heard of it before, its found in cat feces and its one of the reasons why pregnant women are advised to be careful around cats, to prevent themselves being infected with the spore. Why? Because invitro exposure to Toxoplasmosis has been linked to cases of schizoprenia in humans. Something that screws up a rat's brain enough to like the smell of it worst enemy can cause the human brain to hear voices.

    We are not immune. Think about that the next time you get an unusual complusion to do something you can't explain.

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    Attenborough is a god

    I guess I'm going off topic here, but I think you'll forgive me when you watch the clip below. It needs to be seen, or rather heard to be believed. The lyre bird's incredible vocal talents.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuFyqzerHS8

    Pete

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    Summer Pudding: Wow! Just wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summer Pudding
    I guess I'm going off topic here, but I think you'll forgive me when you watch the clip below. It needs to be seen, or rather heard to be believed. The lyre bird's incredible vocal talents.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuFyqzerHS8

    Pete

    aw man, how cool is that? and yes, David Attenborough is a god...

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    yeah man thats insane.. nature kicks ass - JAG
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    I remember seeing this one TV a while back. Amazing little bird.

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    But like one person in the Youtube comments says, it's sad to see such a beatiful bird imitating what will kill him in the near future.

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    Toxoplasmosis.. wtf! maybe its the spore thats talking to you and is taking over your brain.. thats some scifi shit!

    and that bird is freaaking amasing.. chopping wood and chainsaws...if it had a bigger brain he could have been an amasing comedian.. he would crush, Pablo Francisco !
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=dheUa4ml6as

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    omg frostsnake... that made my day.
    Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.

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    suicide worm... freaky!

    LaPalida- yea, hes cinda funny, very cool when he imitates that trailer voice

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    http://youtube.com/watch?v=HrgkqImgSK4

    I could not find a better video. But Cone Snails harpoon prey and inject a very toxic venom.

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    Ewwwwwwwww!
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