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2015-05-14 13:07:55

A new surgical tool can bend and stretch like the tentacles of an octopus, and scientists are saying that this could lead to safer surgeries.

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2015-04-18 10:22:02

Octopuses have their own unique way of walking, and this study is the first ever to demonstrate how the cephalopods can move in any direction relative to body orientation.

freaky food chains
2015-04-06 13:29:17

The term “food chain” suggests a nice, orderly process in which bigger animals eat smaller animals, stronger creatures eat weaker ones, and humans eat whatever the hell they want. Okay, that last part isn’t really orderly, but we know full well that our species never respects the rules. Turns out some other species don’t either. Sometimes, food chains get freaky.

Pareledone charcoti
2015-03-11 12:43:08

The waters around Antarctica maybe a harsh, unforgiving environment – but a number of animal species make it work, and even thrive in this frigid ecosystem. One of those animals is the Antarctic octopus and according to a new study in the journal Frontiers in Zoology, this cephalopod has a unique kind of “blue blood” that allows it to endure the intense cold of its surroundings.

octopus crab
2015-02-24 10:38:27

An Australian woman has captured video of an octopus leaping from the water and capturing prey on land, dragging it to its cold, wet end. It's pretty freaking awesome.

condom robot
2015-02-07 10:50:40

It may look like a swimming condom, but this new octopus-inspired robot achieves propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater vehicles. Mimicking the way in which octopuses propel themselves away from predators, the robot provides a great opportunity to improve underwater technology.

robot ocotpus
2014-09-26 06:42:47

Studying the movements of creatures in the natural world is very useful to robotics as the latest version of a robotic octopus from Greece shows. But real octopodes could also learn from their robotic cousin, which uses its octopus-inspired anatomy to propel itself in new ways.

octopus camouflage
2014-08-19 06:56:35

Drawing inspiration from the color-changing capabilities of cephalopod skin, researchers have developed a new camouflage sheet capable of quickly reading its environment and adapting to mimic its surroundings.

Graneledone boreopacifica
2014-07-31 07:53:25

A team of researchers has discovered the most dedicated mother in the entire animal kingdom: a deep-sea octopus that protected and tended to her eggs for a period for 4 1/2 years until her offspring finally hatched.

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

With eight long arms covered on one side with prey-grabbing suckers – octopuses appear to be very susceptible to getting themselves tangled up in knots.


Word of the Day
alicorn
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.
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