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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
Along the Tiger's Trail: Counting the Prey

Along the Tiger's Trail: Counting the Prey

Thimmayya, a Jenu Kuruba tribesman who lives in the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve is leading the way. Following him is Killivalavan Rayar, a senior research associate working with WCS India Program...

March 27, 2015 — Varun R. Goswami and N. Samba Kumar
Along the Tiger's Trail: What’s in Scat?

Along the Tiger's Trail: What’s in Scat?

Editor's Note: "Along the Tiger's Trail" is a  series about the efforts to monitor tigers and their prey in the Malenad landscape in southwestern India that harbors one of the world's largest population of wild tigers...

February 5, 2015 — Arjun Srivathsa, Dr. Krithi K. Karanth and Sheren Shrestha

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

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

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
New Technology Saves Old Dioramas [Slide Show]

New Technology Saves Old Dioramas [Slide Show]

Conservators, curators and taxidermists developed novel techniques to preserve the past with an eye to the future as they restored aging animal dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History...

November 16, 2012
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine