Mealworms could gobble up our big plastic problem

Mealworms can eat plastic and Styrofoam without taking on their toxins, which means they could safely become food for animals.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment insects plastics pollution worms

Rising temps could really mess with earthworms

Earthworms like to hang out where the weather is mild. Rising temperatures could shift where they live and threaten the many functions they provide.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Oct. 25, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity climate-change maps planarian-worms temperature

To find food, hungry worms get their wiggle on

A roundworm will spend up to 20 minutes just wiggling around looking for a snack in its immediate surrounding. But it's more strategic than it looks.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Feb. 27, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology brains food memory worms

‘Scores’ of parasite genomes may lead to new treatments

One in four people carry a parasitic worm. Now, reseearchers have sequenced the genomes of 81 species, which could help fight the global health theat.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Nov. 20, 2018 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems parasites worms

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