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Botanical Sexism Cultivates Home-Grown Allergies

Botanical Sexism Cultivates Home-Grown Allergies

It's the time year for watery eyes and itchy noses, and if you're among the afflicted, you may be surprised to learn that decades of botanical sexism in urban landscapes have contributed to your woes.

April 29, 2015 — Thomas Leo Ogren
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
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

Catching Big Mama Fish Curbs Ocean Fertility

Scientists recently confirmed what anglers have known for centuries—there's something special about a big mama fish. The bigger the fish, the better the bragging rights—and often, the bigger paycheck or prize.

November 6, 2014 — Marah J. Hardt

Getting to Know Whale Vaginas in 7 Steps

It's not easy to study a whale vagina. But it is necessary. Right now, penises get far more attention than vaginas in the science world. (It's also apparent in the museum scene, too—sadly, today, there's no vagina equivalent to rival the Icelandic Phallocological Museum).

June 11, 2014 — Marah Hardt

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

Does the Octopus Really “Fart” Ink? [Video]

It’s true that the octopus is super weird. These animals have blue blood and three hearts. And as online personality and humorist Ze Frank points out in his latest video creation, it seems that they can also “fart ink at a moment’s notice”--pointing to this as “evolution at its finest.” The video’s tongue-in-cheek tone might [...]

April 22, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
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Confronting Common Wisdom