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Special Chemical In Skin Keeps Octopus Arms From Entangling
2014-05-16 12:11:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With eight long arms covered on one side with prey-grabbing suckers – octopi appear to be very susceptible to getting themselves tangled up in knots. However, a chemical generated by an octopus' skin prevents this problem from happening by temporarily preventing its suckers from sticking, according to a new study in the journal Current Biology. "We were surprised that nobody before us had noticed this very robust and...

2014-03-25 08:20:08

Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes opens April 12, 2014 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium MONTEREY, Calif., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes have gripped the human imagination for thousands of years. From the kraken to Cthluhu (ku-thoo-loo), the myths surrounding them live in our collective memory. Now the Monterey Bay Aquarium is opening the largest, most diverse living exhibit ever created to showcase these...

Underwater Propulsion From A 3D Printer Using Octopus As Role Model
2013-07-23 10:50:04

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Nature inspires creativity: in building a silent propulsion system for boats and water sport devices, researchers used the octopus as their role model. The system can be produced at a low cost and in a single step with a 3D printer. Octopods, which are also known as octopuses or squid, are considered to be the most intelligent invertebrates. In fact, they have been referred to as the "sages of the sea". They are capable of learning; they can open tin cans, and...

Blue Blood Allows Octopods To Survive
2013-07-05 09:34:23

Society for Experimental Biology Worldwide colonization by octopods is in their blood! They manage to survive temperature habitats ranging from as low as -1.8 degrees C to more than 30 degrees C due to their ability to keep supplying oxygen to their body tissues. A new study, to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting on July 5, shows that a blue colored pigment, hemocyanin, in their blood, responsible for oxygen transport, crucially allows octopods to live in freezing...

2013-06-20 23:26:45

HMS Infotech P Ltd proudly announces an alliance with Octopus Systems as their Channel Partner in the gorgeous Maldives for reselling Hotelogix to the hospitality industry there. Hotelogix is a cloud based Property Management System (PMS) and Online Distribution System, used by small and medium sized hospitality businesses in over 50 countries across the globe today. Bangalore, India (PRWEB) June 20, 2013 Octopus Systems focuses on cloud based technologies to enhance business operations. As...

What Do A Kindle And Cuttlefish Have In Common?
2012-09-26 16:20:42

Research out today from a multidisciplinary team headed by the University of Cincinnati examines parallels between e-Paper technology (the technology behind sunlight-readable devices like the Kindle) and biological organisms that change color. Over millions of years, biological organisms — from the chameleon and cuttlefish to the octopus and squid — have developed color-changing abilities for adaptive concealment (e.g., camouflage) and communication signaling (e.g., warning or...

Deep-sea Squid Will Detach Its Arms As Defensive Tactic
2012-08-05 12:54:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A defensive strategy, never seen before, being used by a small species of deep-sea squid in which the animal counter-attacks a predator and then leaves the tips of its arms attached to the predator as a diversion has been observed by a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rhode Island. When the foot-long octopus squid (Octopoteuthis deletron) found deep in the northeast Pacific Ocean "jettisons its arms" in self-defense,...

Key Features For Successful Camouflage Focused on By Octopuses
2012-05-24 07:42:35

Octopuses camouflage themselves by matching their body pattern to selected features of nearby objects, rather than trying to match the entire larger field of view, according to new research published in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The animals have evolved sophisticated camouflaging abilities in response to intense predation pressure, but many of the details of this mechanism remain unknown. Now, the researchers of the current study, led by Noam Josef of Ben-Gurion University in...


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