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Octopus Chronicles

Adventures and Discoveries with the Planet's Smartest Cephalopods

Scientists Learn How to Put an Octopus to Sleep

We can’t really ask an octopus to count backward from 10. Which is just one of the tricky things about putting an octopus under. If knocking an octopus out (for science) sounds like an unusual procedure, well, it is...

April 29, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Does the Octopus Really “Fart” Ink? [Video]

It’s true that the octopus is super weird. These animals have blue blood and three hearts. And as online personality and humorist Ze Frank points out in his latest video creation, it seems that they can also “fart ink at a moment’s notice”--pointing to this as “evolution at its finest.” The video’s tongue-in-cheek tone might [...]..

April 22, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

How Lil Wayne the NYC Octopus Will Help Scientists Understand the Brain

BROOKLYN--It wasn’t hard to name Lil Wayne. He actually volunteered to take the rapper’s moniker. On April 2, Frank Grasso, director of the Biomemetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab at Brooklyn College, showed me around his lab spaces--from where they build mobile robots to where they keep their axolotls and fiddler crabs to the crown jewel: [...]..

April 3, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Scientists Move to Patent Octopus Robot

Scientists have spent years crafting a very special, creepy robot. One that can crawl over obstacles, swim through surf and grasp just about any object.

March 31, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

How To Grow a Patagonian Red Octopus

Octopuses are tricky animals to keep in captivity. They’re smart, strong and slinky. But surely their eggs much be easier--being naturally contained and all.

March 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Amazing Mimic Octopus Caught in Thailand [Video]

Amazing Mimic Octopus Caught in Thailand [Video]

The mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) eluded formal description until 2005. Perhaps it was this banded cephalopod’s incredible impersonation abilities that kept it from science for so long...

March 7, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Giant Octopus Checks Out Camera and Diver [Video]

Giant Octopus Checks Out Camera and Diver [Video]

Theoctopus making headlines this week was probably notcontrary to other claimsattempting to wrestle a diver or take a selfie. But then again, nice, curious invertebrates rarely make headlines...

February 21, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
16 Arms + 6 Hearts = Love? Watch an Octopus Blind Date Live

16 Arms + 6 Hearts = Love? Watch an Octopus Blind Date Live

  This Valentine’s Day, two octopuses are getting set up on a blind date. And you can watch what happens. Ace, a male giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) between 40 and 50 pounds and two-and-a-half to three-years old, and YoYo, a female of a similar size and age, will be introduced for the first time [...]..

February 14, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

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