I’m sure you’ve come across the phrase “stranger than fiction” before. This week, I came across a paper that I think fits this description perfectly. If you had seen this in a movie you would probably roll your eyes at it, unless it was the most wild of sci-fi.
And yet, it seems as though it happened.
Scientists decided to send some planarian worms to space. After 5 weeks at the international space station they returned to Earth.
And one of them came back with two heads. They tried chopping them off, but they just grew back. That worm has decided to remain a two-headed for the rest of its life now. So… that happened.
OK, we’re going to need a little more context here I think. Why did they do this in the first place? What is a planarian worm, and what is the relevance of all of this?