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Self-Controlled Crows Ace the Marshmallow Test

Self-Controlled Crows Ace the Marshmallow Test

Are four treats better than two? Not if you're a crow picking a favorite snack. Crows and ravens hold off on gobbling a tidbit when they can see a better one coming after a short wait.

March 10, 2014 — Jyoti Madhusoodanan
69th Carnival of Evolution: Darwin’s Day Edition

69th Carnival of Evolution: Darwin’s Day Edition

Welcome to the 69th edition of the Carnival of Evolution! As February 12th was Darwin’s birthday, this is a Darwin’s Day carnival edition. To start with there’s a celebration of all things Darwinian at Synthetic Daisies, and a letter to the man himself for his 205th birthday...

March 1, 2014 — S.E. Gould

Does the Octopus Really “Fart” Ink? [Video]

It’s true that the octopus is super weird. These animals have blue blood and three hearts. And as online personality and humorist Ze Frank points out in his latest video creation, it seems that they can also “fart ink at a moment’s notice”--pointing to this as “evolution at its finest.” The video’s tongue-in-cheek tone might [...]..

April 22, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Genetic Chimeras: Are You Your Own Twin?

This weeks post is a guest post from the wonderful E.E. Giorgi of Chimera blog I AM MY MOTHER'S CHIMERA. CHANCES ARE, SO ARE YOU For years now the concept of a "genetic chimera" has sparked the imagination of writers: the idea that an individual could harbor his/her own twin is creepy and intriguing at the [...]..

April 13, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Do Octopuses Feel Pain?

Do Octopuses Feel Pain?

The past couple posts have described some pretty severe experiments on octopuses, including: showing how octopus arms can grow back after inflicted damage and how even severed octopus arms can react to stimuli...

August 30, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Eight Great Octopus Videos!

It’s Octopus Chronicles‘ 88th post! To celebrate, I’ve gone on an all-arms hunt through the deep crevasses of the internet to find eight of my favorite octopus videos.

September 12, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Wireless Robot Octopus Swims with the Fishes [Video]

Robot octopuses can already walk, jet along and even grasp tools. But new advances have these machines swimming faster than ever. And thanks to the addition of soft, fleshy webs, they’re starting to look—and move—much more like the real thing, too...

September 26, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Is Smell the Key To an Octopus's Heart?

We know that octopuses have awesome visual systems and super-sensitive suckers. We have even learned that they can hear. But little scientific attention has been paid to their sense of smell...

October 24, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Urban Science Adventure: Catching and Watching Fireflies

Urban Science Adventure: Catching and Watching Fireflies

What do you see when you go into your backyard in the evening time?  Most people don’t even think about being outside at that time until the warm rays of summer touch their skins.  Summer nights mean warm nights where you can be outside until dusk and beyond and see the wonders that Mother Nature [...]..

July 22, 2014 — DNLee
Wordless Wednesday: Making Panyabuuku Plans

Wordless Wednesday: Making Panyabuuku Plans

I’m in planning mode for my return trip to Tanzania to study African Giant Pouched Rats, Cricetomys ansorgei This is what I spend a good portion of my time doing, live-trapping and capturing pouched rats, called panyabuuku, in the wild...

July 16, 2014 — DNLee

Seven New Species of Pill-Millipede Found in Madagascar

http://www.pensoft.net/news.php?n=394&SESID=5eebde6fd8471b050adfb405b7a280b9http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/7730/integrative-revision-of-the-giant-pill-millipede-genus-sphaeromimus-from-madagascar-with-the%C2%A0description-of-seven-new-s...

July 11, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
Speedy Octopus Sets Record for Jar Opening

Speedy Octopus Sets Record for Jar Opening

It isn’t every day in the ocean that an octopus comes across a jar to openespecially one that contains a tasty live crab. Which is why it is particularly impressive that these invertebrates can quickly figure out how to twist off a cap in captivity...

January 13, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
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Depressed by Our Devices?

Depressed by Our Devices?

How Smartphones Affect Mental Health