Archive for November, 2005

New Scientist Grasshoppers brainwashed into suicide by a worm – News

November 15, 2005

New Scientist Grasshoppers brainwashed into suicide by a worm – News: “THE trick by which a parasitic worm brainwashes its host into killing itself has been revealed.

The nematomorph hairworm (Spinochordodes tellinii) develops inside land-dwelling grasshoppers and crickets until the time comes for the worm to transform into an aquatic adult. At that point it somehow persuades the insect to jump into water, allowing the adult worm to swim away.

David Biron and his colleagues at the Institute for Development Research in Montpellier, France, have found the worms produce proteins that mimic some of the grasshoppers’ own (Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2005.3213). Some of the proteins affect neurotransmitter activity and response to gravity.”

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That’s a pretty wild trick. Can Biotech Induced Zombieism (BIZ Syndrome) be far off?

Year of disasters speeds drive to pool knowledge – Yahoo! News

November 8, 2005

“LONDON (Reuters) – From tsunamis and earthquakes to hurricanes and bird flu, the natural disasters of the past year have underlined the urgency of a global project to pool knowledge that could limit the damage.

In Johannesburg in 2002, the World Summit on Sustainable Development highlighted the need for coordinating data on the state of the earth.”

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Now, if only they had a clandestine paramilitary force composed of special forces operators from around the world. Then they could enforce the necessary policies “with extreme predjudice”.