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Dicrocoelium dendriticum is a parasite that infects cattle by manipulating ants.

Once the parasite has been ingested by an ant, it compels the ant to climb to the top of a blade of grass every evening until together, they are ingested by a passing ruminant.

I wonder if the ant thinks that it decided to climb that blade of grass.

Humans are hosts to many microbes. A typical human carries ten times more bacterial DNA than human DNA: about 100 trillion bacteria.

We think that we decide to explore. But perhaps a human being is just a microbe’s space programme.

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Previously on this day

11 years ago I wrote Designing for the street

The death and social life of great American cities’ small urban spaces is here for you to use.

13 years ago I wrote That media

Wrapping up the London leg of @media.

18 years ago I wrote Once more into the breach

I’m out of here… again.

18 years ago I wrote Apple - Switch

It looks like Apple are getting serious about converting the masses.