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Soft Robots

Inspired by the the octopus, engineers are creating robots that can twist their way around problems that rigid robots can’t handle. This article was reproduced with permission and was first published on February 3, 2016...

February 4, 2016 — Nature Video

Octopus Genome Remains Elusive—But Full of Promise

As many mysteries as the octopus holds—its comprehensive camouflage, smart suckers, agile brain—its genome is surely holding many more (including how it can regenerate its arms—suckers, nerves and all)...

December 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
There Are Plenty of Octopuses In the Sea—Or Are There?

There Are Plenty of Octopuses In the Sea—Or Are There?

First a moment to celebrate Octopus Chronicles‘ 100th post! Little could I have imagined when I started this blog in November 2011 that there would be so much amazing octopus research to cover—and so many wonderful readers...

December 27, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
7 Surprising Things Penguins of Madagascar Gets Right about Octopuses—and 4 It Gets Wrong

7 Surprising Things Penguins of Madagascar Gets Right About Octopuses—And 4 It Gets Wrong

It’s not very often that a movie comes out that features an octopus as one of the main (speaking) characters. (And they only occasionally become the star of a video game.) So if you wouldn’t mind indulging me for a brief detour into animation territory, let’s see what Hollywood gets right (and wrong) about this [...]..

December 18, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Rare Octopuses Get Their Close-Up

Rare Octopuses Get Their Close-Up

There are some 300 known species of octopus. From the huge giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) to the tiny poisonous blue-ringed octopus (genus Hapalochlaena), from the shallow-water mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) to the deep-sea Dumbo octopus (genus Grimpoteuthis)...

November 28, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Mistaken Octopus Sex Identity Leads to Multi-Armed Wrestling Match [Video]

Mistaken Octopus Sex Identity Leads to Multi-Armed Wrestling Match [Video]

The octopus, by in large, practices very safe sex. You would, too, if you and the object of your affection were both cannibals. But the algae octopus (Abdopus aculeatus) has developed a relatively sophisticated mating system that involves far more close contact than many other octopus species...

November 7, 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

Glowing Octopus Bacteria Light Up Living Lamp [Video]

Octopuses might be charismatic, but not many can literally light up a room. One enterprising designer, however, has figured out how to repurpose bacteria from rare glowing deep-sea octopuses for terrestrial illumination...

October 3, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

First Common Octopus Cannibalism Filmed In the Wild

Perhaps it’s time we stopped feeling quite so bad about eating octopus. Octopuses dine on other octopuses, too. And for the first time, that behavior has been caught on video in the common octopus in the wild—three times...

September 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Is There Anything the Mimic Octopus *Can’t* Do?

Is There Anything the Mimic Octopus *Can’t* Do?

According to science comic, xkcd, the answer is no: For the past 25 days, we have been showing off a different artist each day who is working at the intersection of science and art.

September 26, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

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

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
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