The skin of a squid is basically a magic material

The skin of a squid is basically a magic material that can change colors as they expand and contract. PBS Deep Look calls them tiny water balloons filled with pigment and it’s pretty much their strongest (only?) defense mechanism in the open waters. They can change how iridescent their skin is and mimic how sunlight… »9/10/15 8:35pm9/10/15 8:35pm

The Unusual Mating Habits of This Octopus Totally Blow Biologists' Minds

We all know the sad story of octopus sex, right? They live alone until it’s time to find a mate, they have sex a few times, then the males die. Females live a little longer to lay eggs, but die soon after they hatch. Turns out that the (still officially unnamed) Larger Pacific Striped Octopus breaks all the rules. »8/12/15 4:39pm8/12/15 4:39pm

If Squids Ruled Earth, What Would Their Cars Be Like?

It’s a question a child might ask, but not a childish question. Sure, right now, we mammalian primates are calling all the shots here on Earth, but what if things had gone otherwise? We know that cephalopods like Squid and Octopi are really smart — what if they were the dominant life? And, more importantly, what would… »5/08/15 3:14pm5/08/15 3:14pm

Watch the unbelievable camouflage super powers of an octopus

Octopuses have become my favorite animals because it's very clear that they possess super powers from an alien world and even clearer that they use those powers for evil (or exactly how I would use them). Here's an octopus showing off his truly incredible camouflage powers. It goes from a brown mound to a blue water… »2/04/15 12:29am2/04/15 12:29am

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 11:10am9/23/14 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 2:24pm9/16/14 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 8:05pm5/07/14 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 12:19am5/07/14 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 5:20pm1/31/13 5:20pm