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(Tech Times)   What is this? An apocalypse for ants?   (techtimes.com) divider line 46
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2014-08-27 08:11:09 AM  
Zombie ants can be controlled by a parasitic fungus, according to a new study.

I saw something about this on NG or Discovery or somewhere no less than a decade ago.
 
2014-08-27 08:24:51 AM  

nekom: Zombie ants can be controlled by a parasitic fungus, according to a new study.

I saw something about this on NG or Discovery or somewhere no less than a decade ago.


Decade? Cordyceps has been known in China for thousands of years. The brain control stuff maybe wasn't so widely studied, but it's part of their traditional medicine so of course they learned where to find it.
 
2014-08-27 08:28:55 AM  

nekom: Zombie ants can be controlled by a parasitic fungus, according to a new study.

I saw something about this on NG or Discovery or somewhere no less than a decade ago.


Yeah, old news is so exciting.
Probably have been about 4 greenlights for this since Fark started.
 
2014-08-27 08:29:13 AM  
Old info, but funny headline subby.
 
2014-08-27 08:31:22 AM  
Read Parasite Rex, by Carl Zimmer. It's not only a really informative book, but he gives several examples of parasites that completely take over a host.

It's not a new thing at all.
 
2014-08-27 08:58:33 AM  
Camponotus ants, along with members of the Formica species, were infected with the zombie fungus by researchers.

They should know better than to try to eat formica. Those trees never rot. Something odd about them.
Also those damned Nauga beasts and Pleather birds.
 
2014-08-27 08:59:18 AM  

Shakespeare's Monkey: examples of parasites that completely take over a host.


Like, on the View?
 
2014-08-27 09:09:01 AM  
Stupid ants!  Allowing themselves to be affected by mind-altering substances.
 
2014-08-27 09:12:26 AM  
Do you want zombie ants? Because that's how you get zombie ants.
 
2014-08-27 09:40:24 AM  
felixmoronta.com
 
2014-08-27 09:42:02 AM  

nekom: Zombie ants can be controlled by a parasitic fungus, according to a new study.

I saw something about this on NG or Discovery or somewhere no less than a decade ago.



well, yeah.
that was back when they were still actually airing real science and facts.
 
2014-08-27 10:02:04 AM  

vudukungfu: Shakespeare's Monkey: examples of parasites that completely take over a host.

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media.tumblr.com
 
2014-08-27 10:47:02 AM  
From Ants to Zombies, sounds like the name of a kick ass children's book.
 
2014-08-27 10:51:35 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-27 11:11:42 AM  

blatz514: vudukungfu: Shakespeare's Monkey: examples of parasites that completely take over a host.

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Shiattytumblrgifs.com
 
2014-08-27 11:19:27 AM  

kronicfeld: blatz514: vudukungfu: Shakespeare's Monkey: examples of parasites that completely take over a host.

Like, on the View?

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Shiattytumblrgifs.com


i15.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-27 11:21:08 AM  
What, no "The Last of Us" reference yet?
 
2014-08-27 11:21:50 AM  

I_Am_Weasel: Stupid ants!  Allowing themselves to be affected by mind-altering substances.


Yeah!

/takes a hearty 11:18am swig from a beer.
 
2014-08-27 11:22:02 AM  
I for one welcome our new fungus overlords.
 
2014-08-27 11:22:28 AM  

Sybarite: [felixmoronta.com image 850x480]


Can you change "Walking" to "Marching"?

kthx
 
2014-08-27 11:23:13 AM  
There was no Zoolander reference in TFA.
/it would have to be......AT LEAST TEN TIMES BIGGER!!!
 
2014-08-27 11:23:47 AM  

What is this? An apocalypse for ants?


www.randomoriginal.com
 
2014-08-27 11:27:06 AM  
Rabies does the same thing to animals/humans.

/yawn
 
2014-08-27 11:32:11 AM  
Of the 700 articles I've read on this subject this week, that was the best there-and-back-again google translation yet.
 
2014-08-27 11:35:00 AM  
Think of the evolution it must have taken a different parasite to be able control a primate to empty out litter boxes as part of it's reproductive strategy
 
2014-08-27 11:35:43 AM  
snltranscripts.jt.org
 
2014-08-27 11:37:03 AM  
The real question is when will they start selling spores in home depot so I can bury my yard in them?
 
2014-08-27 11:39:54 AM  
The Girl With All the Gifts novel (just brilliant) uses this fungus in its plot.
 
2014-08-27 11:43:20 AM  
 
2014-08-27 11:48:33 AM  
Has anyone else mentioned that this is as old as fark yet?
 
2014-08-27 11:50:41 AM  
Let them climb ladders normally, and they'll be fine.

static.hdw.eweb4.com
 
2014-08-27 11:52:06 AM  
i997.photobucket.com

/oblig for oblig thread
 
2014-08-27 12:13:42 PM  

neversubmit: undead ant undead ant undead ant


Mushroom, mushroom
 
2014-08-27 01:16:41 PM  
The whole premise for the hit game The Last of us is that this fungus mutates to infect humans, pretty good storyline as far as zombie sources go. In theory it could happen, the likelihood of a virus reanimating dead people, not so much.  The game is going to be made into a movie , supposedly Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones is going to play the lead girl. Gerrard Butler, Hugh Jackman up for lead male.
 
2014-08-27 01:26:46 PM  
Wait till you read this. Mindbogglingly complex yet it works

http://www.damninteresting.com/a-fluke-of-nature/
 
2014-08-27 01:37:41 PM  

Meez: The whole premise for the hit game The Last of us is that this fungus mutates to infect humans, pretty good storyline as far as zombie sources go. In theory it could happen, the likelihood of a virus reanimating dead people, not so much.  The game is going to be made into a movie , supposedly Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones is going to play the lead girl. Gerrard Butler, Hugh Jackman up for lead male.


I just got this game yesterday
 
2014-08-27 03:11:14 PM  
This reminds me of a Ted talk by Ed Yong about parasitic organisms that was pretty interesting.
 
2014-08-27 03:23:22 PM  
Is it an Antpocalypse?

/I'm sorry.
//A little bit.
///But not too much for Slashies.
 
2014-08-27 03:25:58 PM  
Life feeds on life.
This is necessary...
 
2014-08-27 04:05:01 PM  
It's that damn Ophiocordyceps!

He's so hot right now.
 
2014-08-27 05:03:21 PM  

Walker: nekom: Zombie ants can be controlled by a parasitic fungus, according to a new study.

I saw something about this on NG or Discovery or somewhere no less than a decade ago.

Yeah, old news is so exciting.
Probably have been about 4 greenlights for this since Fark started.


The study in TFA referred to surgically removing the brains from different ant species, and demonstrating that the fungus only controls the brains of its host species.

The coverage of zombie ants in general is just to frame the conversation around the study. But feel free to think it's all the same stuff.
 
2014-08-27 06:34:37 PM  

Persnickety: I for one welcome our new fungus overlords.


cdn.bulbagarden.net

Already welcomed them.
 
2014-08-27 09:08:47 PM  
Maybe we can find out from the Blue Aardvark.  (Check YouTube for "The Ant and the Aardvark"
cartoon series.)
 
2014-08-28 06:01:16 AM  
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2014-08-28 07:58:36 AM  
cf.shacknews.com
 
2014-08-28 08:18:06 AM  
Has anyone been checking the ant colonies for creep?  Pretty sure ants would make for perfect zerglings

/kekeke
 
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