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Dumbo Octopus Gives Rare View [Video]

New, stunning video from a deep-sea vehicle reveals a rare view of the Dumbo octopus. Don’t let the name fool you—the Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis) is no dummy.

August 27, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Octopus-Inspired Camouflage Flashes To Life In Smart Material

Octopuses and their cephalopod cousins are the undisputed masters of disguise. An octopus can change its color, texture and luminosity faster than you can say “camouflage.” So far our lowly human attempts at imitation have been quite crude...

August 21, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Urban Science Adventure: Eye Spy Dragonflies!

Urban Science Adventure: Eye Spy Dragonflies!

Have you seen a large beautiful flying insect hovering nearby? I mean glorious and sparkly greens and golds or black and blues, maybe with a little touch of yellow or violet.

August 5, 2014 — DNLee
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

July 11, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
Call of the Orangutan: Welcome to Camp

Call of the Orangutan: Welcome to Camp

It's taken a bit longer than I'd initially anticipated, but I'm finally at my first field site, Sikundur in North Sumatra, which will be my home for the next eight months.

July 9, 2014 — James Askew

Funnel-Shaped Animals Invented Reefs Prior to Cambrian Explosion

Scientists have long thought of the Cambrian Explosion 541 million years ago as the flowering of complex life on Earth. Strangely shaped, large soft-bodied organisms were known to have lived in the period just prior — the Ediacaran — but they made few hard parts and scientists have debated whether any or how many were [...]..

July 2, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer

Dr. Octopus Heads to the Operating Room

Robotic surgery has proved itself to be less than perfect so far. Stiff robotic limbs, burning surfaces, numerous complications. But what if that surgeon’s assistant was less like a standard robot—and more like an octopus?...

June 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
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