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Vampire Squid Does Not Eat Live Prey
2012-09-27 04:32:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Though the vampire squid was first discovered about 100 years ago, and a dozen scientific papers have been published, marine biologists have not been able to find out what the creature eats. A new study, led by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), shows that unlike its relatives the octopus and squid, which eat live prey, the vampire squid uses two thread-like filaments to capture bits of organic debris that sink...

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...

Squid Use 'Electric Skin' For Camouflage
2012-08-28 07:43:03

Watch the Video: Squid´s Remarkable Electric Skin Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Squid and their relatives are notorious for being some of nature's best masters of disguise, but their trickery has, for the most part, remained a mystery until now. Scientists report that squid control their skin's iridescence through their nerves, manipulating the animal's spectrum of hues, as well as their speed of change. This research is the first time neutral control of...

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,...

Shocker: Squids Are Tired After 3-hour Sex Session
2012-07-18 14:59:10

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Pity the University of Melbourne researchers, they just spent plenty of valuable time documenting what should have been common sense to anyone with eyes and any experience in the bedroom: A 3-hour long sex session can be very tiring, particularly to the Dumpling Squid. Perhaps the most amorous underwater creature, Dumpling Squid engage in coitus for close to 3 hours before calling the deed done. University of Melbourne...

Inexpensive Magnetic Field Sensor From 'Plastic Paint'
2012-06-12 12:38:48

Spintronic device uses thin-film organic semiconductor University of Utah physicists developed an inexpensive, highly accurate magnetic field sensor for scientific and possibly consumer uses based on a "spintronic" organic thin-film semiconductor that basically is "plastic paint." The new kind of magnetic-resonance magnetometer also resists heat and degradation, works at room temperature and never needs to be calibrated, physicists Christoph Boehme, Will Baker and colleagues report...

2012-05-29 10:06:46

Successful test at PTB of optical magnetometer with potential applications in brain imaging for neurological diagnostics and in basic research. In future a new magnetic sensor the size of a sugar cube might simplify the measurement of brain activity. In the magnetically shielded room of Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) the sensor has passed an important technical test: Spontaneous as well as stimulated magnetic fields of the brain were detected. This demonstrates the potential...

Jurassic Squid Ink Very Similar To Modern Squid Ink
2012-05-22 08:48:43

An international team of scientists have for the first time discovered two 160-million-year-old giant cephalopod fossils with intact ink sacs that contain dried pigment similar to that of modern cuttlefish. The researchers, of which includes a professor from the University of Virginia, said the ancient brownish-black pigment, known as eumelanin, is widespread in the animal kingdom in squid ink, bird feathers and even human hair and skin. And because the fossilized pigment is so similar to...

Squid And Zebrafish Spark Camouflage Inspiration
2012-05-04 04:59:16

University of Bristol researchers have created artificial muscles that can be transformed to mimic the camouflaging abilities of squid and zebrafish. The team demonstrated two individual transforming mechanisms that they believe could be used in "smart clothing" to trigger camouflaging tricks similar to animals observed in the wild. "We have taken inspiration from nature's designs and exploited the same methods to turn our artificial muscles into striking visual effects,"  Jonathan...

2012-05-02 11:37:07

Researchers from the University of Bristol have created artificial muscles that can be transformed at the flick of a switch to mimic the remarkable camouflaging abilities of organisms such as squid and zebrafish. They demonstrate two individual transforming mechanisms that they believe could be used in 'smart clothing' to trigger camouflaging tricks similar to those seen in nature. The study is published today, 2 May, in IOP Publishing's journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, and is...