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.
Fish farms now produce million tons of fish each year around the globe. But octopuses have largely escaped this kind of confined aquaculturing, despite a growing global demand and overfishing.
October 8 might be International Octopus Day, but October 31, 2013 is Octopus! day. My book Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea is publishing today.
Cheap, plentiful coal is expected to fuel power plants for the foreseeable future, but can we keep it from devastating the environment?
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 [...]
We’re just learning how important certain microbes can be to our own health. They can help us digest foods and protect us from harmful invaders.
A cave insect's marathon sex sessions extract nourishment along with sperm from a reluctant male
A commonly used blood thinner does not appear to lower the risk of blood clots or miscarriage during pregnancy
A recent study suggests a mystery pathogen acting in concert with human-induced stressors may be the culprits
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.
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 [...]
If you really want to know if someone is into you - as in, wants to have your babies - never mind what they say. It's all in how they say it.
This last month has been extremely stressful for all of us at Sikundur research station in North Sumatra while we've been following two of our favorite orangutans, Suci and her 3-year-old infant Siboy.
Octopuses live short, lonely lives. Even the big ones only see a few years. And that usually means only one shot at creating the next generation—and they don’t have time for parenting.
An international team of scientists has succeeded in artificially inseminating the last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle. Will babies be far behind?
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.
The "gargantuan gametes" are the oldest on record and have visible nuclei
Primitive animals are compared with complex ones to study the evolutionary path of climax
A newly discovered protein is found to play a crucial role in conception
How insect sperm team up to navigate complicated female reproductive tracts