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Octopus Chronicles

Octopus Play and Squid Eyeballs—and What They Can Teach Us about Brains

For cannibals, octopuses seem to be surprisingly fun loving. Some have been observed using their funnels to repeatedly blow objects around in their tanks. Others, such as one common octopus named Dorian, have spent a countless minutes passing Lego blocks around among their many arms or towing them back and forth across the surface of [...]

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Octopus Chronicles

Party with These 8 Famous Octopuses to Celebrate Octopus Awareness Day!

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It’s Octopus Awareness Day, and although we at Octopus Chronicles treat every day as if it were a celebratory day for the cephalopod, today it gets extra special treatment. So to ring in the best day of the year, here are eight of the most famous—and infamous—octopuses—real and perhaps occasionally mythical: 8. Billye: This hungry [...]

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Octopus Chronicles

Can Octopuses Help Us Make Better Kindles?

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Octopuses and Kindles might have more in common than you think. It’s true that you can’t read a Jules Verne novel off an octopus. And a Kindle can’t camouflage itself against a brightly colored, textured coral reef. But the two both depend on using ambient light to generate their “display,” and both can change their appearance [...]

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Octopus Chronicles

Polarized Display Sheds Light on Octopus and Cuttlefish Vision–and Camouflage

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Octopuses are purportedly  colorblind, but they can discern one thing that we can’t: polarized light. This extra visual realm might give them a leg (er, arm) up on some of the competition. And a team of researchers has created a new way to test just how sensitive cephalopods are to this type of light. Their [...]

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Symbiartic

The Three Hearts of the OctoBeast

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Borne of ink and paint by artist Kaitlin Beckett’s steady hand, the OctoBeast ramps up its mating display by brandishing its antlers and displaying its three hearts. Magnificent. Kaitlin Beckett is one of my favourite artists so I am thrilled to share this new work to kick off our September SciArt Blitz. Make sure to [...]

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Symbiartic

PDCA – Public Displays of Cephalopod Affection

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Sometimes the easiest way to spark discussion about science is to bring it into everyday situations – like by wearing it as jewellery. This week polymer clay sculptor Noadi a.k.a. Sheryl Westleigh aims to increase the conversation about cephalopods – and it’s Cephalopod Awareness Days! Cephalopod Awareness Days are organized around the number of limbs [...]

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Symbiartic

SciArt of the Day: A Revealing, Leggy Model

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Each image a scientific illustrator takes on is a chance to learn new things – about the scientific subject, about the limits of artistic materials, and of course, to push the artists’ own vision and skill further. Mieke Roth is a scientific illustrator who relishes the challenges in exploring new media and subjects. Beginning with [...]

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