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Mating Octopuses Prefer Crab Legs

Male octopuses don’t usually wine and dine prospective mates. But prior to mating, both males and females do seem to be in the mood for one date-worthy food: crab, according to new research published online in the Journal of Shellfish Research...

May 1, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Why Don’t Octopuses Get Stuck To Themselves?

An octopus might be one of the most intelligent invertebrates, but it doesn’t always know what, exactly, its arms are doing. How these animals manage to avoid tangling themselves up is a major feat...

May 15, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Amazing Mimic Octopus Caught in Thailand [Video]

Amazing Mimic Octopus Caught in Thailand [Video]

The mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) eluded formal description until 2005. Perhaps it was this banded cephalopod’s incredible impersonation abilities that kept it from science for so long...

March 7, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Meet Your Dr. Octopus: Surgical Octo Arms

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
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

The bacteria in breast milk

Bacteria are found in large numbers all over the human body where there is a channel to the outside world, for example in the gut, lungs, and surface of the skin.

December 8, 2013 — S.E. Gould
A Closer Look at a Tiny, Floating Horde

A Closer Look at a Tiny, Floating Horde

It’s a strange but true fact that the young of many familiar sea creatures look nothing like them. Drifting on currents to distribute their kind, they are an unsung part of the plankton, itself an unsung part of the sea...

February 2, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
16 Arms + 6 Hearts = Love? Watch an Octopus Blind Date Live

16 Arms + 6 Hearts = Love? Watch an Octopus Blind Date Live

  This Valentine’s Day, two octopuses are getting set up on a blind date. And you can watch what happens. Ace, a male giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) between 40 and 50 pounds and two-and-a-half to three-years old, and YoYo, a female of a similar size and age, will be introduced for the first time [...]..

February 14, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
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