There is a jellyfish -- a teeny, tiny, fingernail-sized jellyfish -- out there in the world that can live forever. Whenever it gets old or injured, it retreats to "the jellyfish version of the fetal position," The New York Times Magazine writes, turning into a blob of goo that gradually regrows tentacles and becomes a full-fledged adult.
No one knows how it does this, but there is one scientist in Japan -- Shin Kubota -- who's dedicated his life to studying the jellies and thinks he's close to figuring out their secret. The Times blabs on for a while about how hard it is to raise the jellyfish (Kubota feeds them with tiny shrimp eggs he has to slice into tinier bites) and how if only someone could figure out how it regenerates, we could, you know, cure cancer and live forever.
But that's all pretty tentative and maybe not real at all. What is real is Kubota's newfound celebrity in Japan as Mr. Immortal Jellyfish Man.