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Guest post: I am my mother’s chimera

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
Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 6

Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 6

I was trying very hard to share some new photos from but I can’t seen to upload any pictures today. I’m missing my rats, actually, so revisiting the photographs of them makes me recall all of their shenanigans...

April 9, 2014 — DNLee

How Lil Wayne the NYC Octopus Will Help Scientists Understand the Brain

BROOKLYN--It wasn’t hard to name Lil Wayne. He actually volunteered to take the rapper’s moniker. On April 2, Frank Grasso, director of the Biomemetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab at Brooklyn College, showed me around his lab spaces--from where they build mobile robots to where they keep their axolotls and fiddler crabs to the crown jewel: [...]..

April 3, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Scientists Move to Patent Octopus Robot

Scientists have spent years crafting a very special, creepy robot. One that can crawl over obstacles, swim through surf and grasp just about any object.

March 31, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

How To Grow a Patagonian Red Octopus

Octopuses are tricky animals to keep in captivity. They’re smart, strong and slinky. But surely their eggs much be easier--being naturally contained and all.

March 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Wordless Wednesday: Pouched Rat Research Gif

Wordless Wednesday: Pouched Rat Research Gif

This is a series of shots of me cleaning this Barnes Maze between behavioral observations of my research subjects, the African Giant Pouched Rat, Cricetomys ansorgei.  The diameter of the table or Barnes Maze is 6 feet across, and is nearly feet off of the ground...

March 26, 2014 — DNLee
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
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
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
Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 4

Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 4

Because I know you all have missed seeing the rats. Here are some photos of the most adorable research subjects, EVER!! These photos are from novel food introduction tests.

February 26, 2014 — DNLee
Giant Octopus Checks Out Camera and Diver [Video]

Giant Octopus Checks Out Camera and Diver [Video]

Theoctopus making headlines this week was probably notcontrary to other claimsattempting to wrestle a diver or take a selfie. But then again, nice, curious invertebrates rarely make headlines...

February 21, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
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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Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Solving the “Hard Problem”