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Octopus Chronicles

Octopus Chronicles

Adventures and Discoveries with the Planet's Smartest Cephalopods

Unusual Octopods: A Flapjack Devilfish Octopus [Video]

Photo of the related Opisthoteuthis californiana; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Ed Bowlby, NOAA/Olympic Coast NMS; NOAA/OAR/Office of Ocean Exploration The many octopus species that live beyond the reach of vacationing snorkelers, scuba diving researchers and even near-shore commercial fisheries are relative unknowns compared with the more familiar shallow-water species.

March 29, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Mimic Octopus Makes Home on Great Barrier Reef

Mimic octopus documented in Australia; image courtesy of Darren Coker Of all the amazing octopus species out there, the mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus , is perhaps the most bewildering.

March 21, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Octopuses Get One Chance at Love [Video]

Female giant Pacific octopus at the Seattle Aquarium; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Kevmin The octopus is a solitary creature. Most known species of octopus avoid the company their own kind.

March 12, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Rare Social Octopuses Break All the (Mating) Rules [Video]

Larger Pacific Striped octopus; image courtesy of Richard Ross Of the hundreds of known octopus species, most are anti-social, practice safe sex (to avoid getting eaten by a mate) and lay just one clutch of eggs before dying.The poorly understood larger Pacific striped octopus, however, seems to break from these conventions: They are somewhat social, they mate face-to-face, and the females produce multiple batches of offspring.The octopus is so rare that science has yet to even give it a formal Latin name.

February 27, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

3-D Printed Octopus Suckers Help Robots Stick

Four small 3-D printed robot suckers and two larger ones; image courtesy of Doug LaFon, U.S. Army Research Laboratory photographer Legions of animal-inspired robots are being created to improve military missions and disaster response efforts—from crawling cockroach-like RHex bots to leaping Sand Flea robots and the speeding Cheetah machines.

February 21, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Can Octopuses Help Us Make Better Kindles?

Image of octopus camouflaging courtesy of iStockphoto/Suljo 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.

October 9, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

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