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I got Odin one of those slow feed dog bowls! I figured it would be a neat way to provide him some enrichment during feeding time. Also he figured out rather quickly how to get the worms out!

cool worm vocab

ἑλμινθώδης, like a worm
ἑλμίνθιον, little worm
λαμπυρίζω, shine like a glow-worm
σακοδερμηστής, eating through leather shields, of a worm, prob.
σκωληκίζω, wriggle like a worm
σκωληκόβορος, worm-eaten

A bunch of worms went to space in the name of human health

  • What has two heads, no heart and busted through the stratosphere? The humble flatworm.
  • Tufts University scientists studying the regenerative medicine process used two sets of planarian flatworms — one on Earth and one aboard the International Space Station — to see what changes when an organism is in outer space.
  • The experiment used flatworms because of their ability to regenerate parts of their body in the event of amputation.
  •  The researchers amputated some of the worms and left others whole and sealed them in half-air half-water tubes on Earth, while sending an identical set of worms into space. The latter spent five weeks on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. Read more (6/14/17)

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Sabella spallanzanii is a species of marine polychaete, also known as a bristle worm. The worm secretes mucus that hardens to form a stiff, sandy tube that protrudes from the sand. It has two layers of feeding tentacles that can be retracted into the tube, and one of the layers forms a distinct spiral. By Marco Gargiulo