Discovered: Scientists control feeble worm brains with lasers; the earth shook for six days after April's Indian Ocean quake; a view into deep space; vampire squids are gross.
Space is ready for its Hubble Space Telescope close-up. Calling the Hubble Space Telescope's new image of deep space a photograph doesn't do it justice. It took over 500 hours to collect all the light needed to see this cluster of galaxies, which is so far away from Earth that we're seeing light from just shortly after the Big Bang. "We stared at this patch of sky for about 22 days, and have obtained a very deep view of the distant Universe, and therefore we see how galaxies were looking in its infancy," says Dr. Michele Trenti, one of the astronomers who worked on the eXtreme Deep Field image. Watch a video that illustrates just how deep into space this image goes below. [BBC]
Vampire squid have really gross eating habits. The vampire squid is far crazier and much nastier than the honey badger could ever hope to be. Marine biologists from Hendrik Hoving and Bruce Robison of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have discovered how the squid sustains itself—and no, it doesn't feast on the blood of virgins. Rather, it feeds on "marine snow," a term for the chunks of corpses and feces that float down to the 3,000-foot depth the solitary squid hovers near. The researchers filmed the vampire squid's strange eating habits, which involves extending a long, eight-armed tongue filament to catch the upper ocean's waste. "Vampyroteuthis’ food consisted of agglomerated copepod parts, faecal pellets, diatoms, radiolarians and fish scales; often embedded in a mucus matrix," write the researchers. The diet suits the species, whose Latin name Vampyroteuthis infernalis literally translates as "squid from hell." Watch it feed below. [WIRED]