medicine
Athletes Are Turning to Leeches to Try to Gain Wolverine-Like Healing Powers

Although there’s solid evidence showing that leeches can have plenty of benefits, I can’t help but raise a sceptical eye at one of the claims highlighted in a video report released by Reuters on Tuesday—namely that they can ramp up athletes’ healing like some sort of reverse Wolverine. Read More >>

biology
Holy Crap These Leech Cocoons Are Incredible

Leech cocoons, the sacks in which leeches lay their eggs, have an incredible solid-foam surface, as the image below shows: Read More >>

science
This Leech Can Survive For 24 Hours in Liquid Nitrogen

You're looking at Ozobranchus jantseanus, a little leech found in East Asia. It doesn't look much, but it has a very special skill indeed: it can survive for up to 24 hours immersed in liquid nitrogen. Read More >>

space
DARPA Wants to Create Space Scavengers to Leech on Dead Satellites

The DARPA Tactical Technology Office wants swarms of small spacecraft that would go to space, attach to dead satellites, and use their components to create new working satellites. The idea is fascinating—although it seems too wild to become real anytime soon. Read More >>