Zombie Ants

 

I first heard about zombie ants on a Radiolab podcast. A fungus infects the ants and changes their behaviour to suit its needs.zombie ant infected by fungus

Scientists have no clue how the fungus takes¬†control of the brains of ants so effectively. But a new study in the September issue of the American Naturalist reveals an incredible set of strategies that ensue. (more…)

Missed the Reubens and an Aussie Cartoonist Win

I went to the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award Weekend last year and had a ball. I couldn’t justify the cost (to me or the planet) of going this year, but my good cartooning buddy, Jason Chatfield has been updating me via email and twitter and boy, I wish I had been there. Our ACA cartoonist, Anton Emdin won in the magazine illustration category (click to go to his blog). (more…)