Talented Ukrainian nature photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko has an eye for taking photos that bring small natural worlds up to our level, showing us how the world might look if we could see it through the eyes of an ant, snail or lizard. [more inside]
"As anyone who is familiar with 13th and 14th century illuminated manuscripts can attest, images of armed knights fighting snails are common, especially in marginalia. But the ubiquity of these depictions doesn’t make them any less strange, and we had a long discussion about what such pictures might mean."
Consumption of lungworm snails can transmit the lungworm parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, which can cause meningitis in humans and respiratory problems in dogs, which can eat afflicted slugs while running through open fields. Researchers at the University of Exeter hooked up LEDs to these snails to study their nighttime movements through gardens and how those movements might help them act as a vector for the parasites.
SNAIL! A snail-based parody of the ubiquitous AWOLNATION song "Sail".
NYTimes warns: Do not eat slugs! A 21-year old Australian man is seriously ill after ingesting two garden slugs on a dare. The causative organism is Angiostrongylus cantonensis which leads to eosinophilic meningitis. [more inside]
Snail attack | The Savage Colors of Naked, Toxic Sea Snails . Bonus link: giant slug eats flower. [more inside]
The Geometry of the Snail Ball [pdf] - an interesting article (with some DIY advice at the end) about a toy shop curiosity you may have encountered.
Are snails ravaging your vegetable garden? You don’t want to become a snail murderer so you gently put them in your neighbor’s garden or a nearby field, yet the snails seem to return. According to 69-year old amateur scientist (also the 2010 “So you want to be a scientist” winner), this is because snails have a homing mechanism, which she learned more about by using pails, snails, neighbors, and nail polish. So if you want to get rid of snails, move them beyond their home range of 100 meters (perhaps the garden of your neighbor’s neighbor? ) Other interesting experiments for this year’s contest included a crowd experiment at rock concerts; this amateur scientist (Sam O’kell) wore pressure sensing vests and stood at different locations during concerts. Other experiments (e.g. analyzing facebook profiles, etc.) from the competition.
Look at This Little Thing! A tumblr collection of the perfectly tiny and miniature. [via mefi projects]
Giant snails are parasite carriers, agricultural pests, good pets and totally delicious and nutritious! What more could you ask for in a slowly invading slimy overlord? Just be sure to protect your brains.
Katatsumuri (Escargone) (mirror here, in case you don't want to sit through a commercial), a Super Mario-ish Flash game from Japan, except instead of an Italian plumber, you are a snail. With a mustache. From the fine folks at SKT. Left click to jump, left click and hold to climb walls, reach the end-of-level ring before the time runs out. Watch the animation before each level to see what new obstacles and enemies are in store.