(The wife and I were watching storage wars: Texas (well, she was watching it, I was listening) any ways, this guy was saying that there are ants, and there is a fungus that attacks their brain, making them zombies. I heard this and had to check it out… this is what I found.)

The world just got a little weirder: Scientists have identified four new species of brain-controlling fungi that turn ants into zombies that do the parasite’s bidding before it kills them.

Identified from samples collected at two sites in Brazil’s tropical rain forest, each of the four species specializes in controlling a different species of carpenter ant.

The original zombie-ant fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, was first identified in 1865, and it seems to exist around the world.

Once it infects an ant, the fungus uses as-yet-unidentified chemicals to control the ant’s behavior, Hughes told LiveScience. It directs the ant to leave its colony (a very un-ant-like thing to do) and bite down on the underside of a leaf — the ant’s soon-to-be resting place. Once it is killed by the fungus, the ant remains anchored in place, thanks to its death grip on the leaf.

Ultimately, the fungus produces a long stalk that protrudes from the ant’s head, shooting spores out in the hopes of infecting other ants. Two of the four newly discovered species also sprouted smaller stalks elsewhere, including from the victim’s feet and lower leg joints – the equivalent of knees.

The spores of the four species also had distinct features and germination processes.

This article found here

(My step father use to say that if you watch people who are watching television, they look like zombies, I suppose that is the same with cell phones and computers and he would probably say the same about them if he were alive today. I think we all have problems that take over our thought process and that would be like a fungus that is unhealthy for us till we rid ourselves of what has taken over our brain. ) The only cure I know is “too much mind” … in zen, no-thought … ground yourself in the moment, breath in the here and now. And Live!

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those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail

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