A Robotic Octopus Would Surely Be Captain Nemo's Worst Nightmare

When designing robots it only makes sense to occasionally take a peek at what Mother Nature has already come up with for surviving and navigating our planet. But do robotics researchers have to keep choosing the world's most creepiest animals for inspiration? Does anyone really want to live in a world with unstoppable… » 9/23/14 11:10am 9/23/14 11:10am

This Synthetic Material Changes Color and Texture Like Octopus Skin

When it comes to camouflage, we lowly humans are far behind the cephalopod. Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish have the amazing ability to change color or texture—going from scarlet red to bone white, bumpy to smooth in just seconds. But we're making progress. Scientists at MIT and Duke have created a new stretchy… » 9/16/14 2:24pm 9/16/14 2:24pm

Watch an octopus open up a jar while it's still trapped inside the jar

If you think you can control an octopus, you're wrong. They're like the bad guys in movies who always manage to escape. Not only can those evil magicians of the ocean try to vanish through instant camouflage, they can also open up a jar when they're trapped inside that very jar. Those suction cups, while fantastic at… » 5/07/14 8:05pm 5/07/14 8:05pm

Octopus instantly changes colors to blend in with a fishing boat

It's not news that an octopus, the alien super villain of the big bad ocean, can change colors to camouflage itself but just watch as this octopus try to blend in with a boat in seconds. The transformation from orange to white is so fast it's unbelievable. Watch as the octopus gets caught by a fisherman and then get… » 5/07/14 12:19am 5/07/14 12:19am

Clear Clogs and Terrify Japanese School Girls With This Toilet Kraken

Rising from the murky bowels of your toilet bowl, the "Octopus" plunger concept from designer Art Lebedev blends form and function. The bright orange tentacle is pliable but firm enough to leverage against the large suction cup foot when battling clogs. And it won't need to be hidden away behind the commode when not… » 1/31/13 5:20pm 1/31/13 5:20pm