“Scientists find ‘worms from hell’”

I really don’t have any kind of observation to share about this:

For the first time, scientists have found complex, multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet’s surface — raising new possibilities about both the spread of life on Earth and potential subsurface life on other planets and moons.

Nicknamed “worms from hell,” the nematodes, or roundworms, were found in several gold mines in South Africa, where researchers have also made breakthrough discoveries about deep subterranean single-cell life.

The two lead researchers, Gaetan Borgonie of the University of Ghent in Belgium and Tullis Onstott of Princeton University, said the discovery of creatures so far below ground, with nervous, digestive and reproductive systems, was akin to finding “Moby Dick in Lake Ontario.”…

The research is likely to trigger scientific challenges and cause some controversy because it places far more complex life in an environment where researchers have generally held it should not, or even cannot, exist….

I just put it here because the headline, on the WashPost site, grabbed me. And because I hadn’t posted anything all day. And because, when I cast about looking for something to post on various news sites, that sounded more interesting to me than anything going on it SC, or nationally, either. In fact, I practically went to sleep reading the words, “House Republicans press Obama on debt limit“…

OK, I admit that “U.S. economic recovery is faltering” sounds pretty important. But it’s been a long day; I’m tired; it sounds depressing, and I just want to stop for the day. So I think I will. I’m about to go fire up the grill.

5 thoughts on ““Scientists find ‘worms from hell’”

  1. Kathryn Fenner (D- SC)

    Brad, honey, your posts are trending toward to weird lately. Do we need a vacation or something?

  2. Mark Stewart

    How about the one where the state legislature is stalling the copper thievery bill because recyclers want to be able to pay people in cash?

    Note to thieves: Save some effort and just rob the recycler of his cash stockpile next time instead of wrecking expensive damage on homes and churches for a few bucks.


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