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What Can an Octopus Teach Us About National Security? A Q&A with Ecologist Rafe Sagarin

Octopuses possess camouflage abilities that put some of our military's best high-tech efforts to shame. And their flexible, intelligent arms are the envy of roboticists and artificial intelligence engineers worldwide.But these animals, which have evolved over hundreds of millions of years, can teach us even more about security in the 21st century than camo and communications, Rafe Sagarin argues in his new book Learning from the Octopus: How secrets from nature can help us fight terrorist attacks, natural disasters and disease (Basic Books, April 2012).Sagarin suggests we take cues from octopuses and other organisms in the natural world to make our responses to all kinds of threats—from sophisticated terrorist cells to emerging infections—more robust and adaptable.Sagarin is a research scientist at the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment...

April 5, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Come here for all your EB 2012 News!

Well, all the ASPET news anyway. Sci is this year's official blogger for the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, which will be having its major meeting at Experimental Biology, 2012, in San Diego starting on April 20th...

April 5, 2012 — Scicurious

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