The Marine Biological Laboratory is raising octopuses to be used during scientific experiments. According to scientists, while the sea creatures are alien-looking, they have genes that are similar to humans and other animals.
Animals June 5, 2019
A tiny baby octopus was found among the plastic marine debris collected by scientists while conducting coral reef monitoring. Experts believe it might be a day octopus or a night octopus, and both of those can grow to pretty large sizes.
Animals October 28, 2018
How do octopuses react when under the influence of MDMA or ecstasy? Evidently, they react just like humans do, in that they also become more social and touchy.
Animals September 21, 2018
Is it possible that octopuses really originated from outer space? Many scientists disagree, but the creatures are so unique, intelligent, and complex that they're really out of this world.
Animals May 21, 2018
A new theory by 33 scientists suggests that octopuses are aliens that arrived to Earth on icy bodies. Many other scientists have criticized the theory and the entire concept of panspermia.
Animals May 17, 2018
Researchers found a group of mother octopuses and their eggs huddled in an underwater outcrop where warm water flows. Why were the cephalopods and their eggs in this potentially deadly area?
Animals April 19, 2018
A video showing an octopus hatchling emerged. This mysterious deep-sea creature has elephant-like ears that looks like the fictional character Dumbo, even scientists are baffled.
Animals February 20, 2018
An undergraduate student from Alaska Pacific University discovered that the giant Pacific octopus is actually made up of two species. The new frilled giant octopus features distinctive frills along the length of its body.
Animals December 29, 2017
Researchers have developed a stretchable material that mimics the ability of octopuses to inflate their papillae for camouflage. The technology could one day be used to develop sophisticated 'soft robots'.
Robotics October 15, 2017
Up to 15 gloomy octopuses congregate in an underwater site in Jervis Bay, Australia. The cephalopods at Octlantis showed complex social behaviors and were observed communicating, mating and chasing away unwanted octopuses.
Animals September 19, 2017
The octopus has the unique ability to edit its own RNA. Can this explain why the cephalopod is intelligent enough to solve complex puzzles and escape from aquariums?
Animals April 9, 2017
The California two-spot octopus is among the smart cephalopods that can edit their RNA codes to adapt to the environment. Just like other species of squids and cuttlefish, this octopus uses gene editing to change neural functions.
Animals April 7, 2017
Harvard researchers have created a soft robot whose design is inspired by the octopus. Octobot uses hydrogen peroxide as source of power and can potentially change the course of robotics.
Robotics August 27, 2016
Cephalopods are increasing in number amid climate change, a new study has found. The species, which include octopuses and squids, appear to benefit from the changing oceans, unlike other marine animals.
Animals May 24, 2016
Inky the octopus burst out of his enclosure and traveled down a pipe to rejoin the wild. How did the jailbreaking cephalopod pull off his escape?
Animals April 13, 2016
NOAA ship mission in the Hawaiian archipelago has discovered a ghost octopus, a new species that may be the deepest-dwelling of its kind. The pale and unusual species among octopods might as well belong to an entirely new genus, too.
Animals March 6, 2016
Robots with artificial skin could, one day, dart around sharp corners, change color and glow in the dark. How does this new material, inspired by octopus, work?
March 3, 2016
A 52-hour footage of Octopuses in Jervis Bay in Australia showed there's a social side to what was believed to be a solitary creature. Researchers observed 50 Octopuses engaging in fights, mating and using color signals to show their mood.
Earth/Environment January 29, 2016
Ursula, the 2-year old octopus at Living Coasts zoo and aquarium, is so good at solving puzzles, she can beat humans. Her keepers are asking the public to come up with better challenges.
August 26, 2015
A newly rediscovered species displays behaviors not seen in any other species of octopus, researchers say. The tiny animals are found in the Pacific off Central America.
August 13, 2015
For the first time ever, scientists have sequenced the octopus genome. Within these biological blueprints, they found clues about how these cephalopods became so incredibly intelligent.
August 12, 2015
As this critter is pink, beady-eyed and gelatinous, calling it the 'adorable' octopus might so far be the best candidate for this cephalopod's name.
Earth/Environment June 17, 2015
Octopus skin contains the same specialized protein found in eyes. This allows octopi to sense light through their skin, according to a new study.
Animals May 20, 2015
Researchers have harnessed the ability of the octopus to soften and stiffen its tentacles in a robotic device that replaces surgical tools and improves medical procedures.
May 16, 2015
Octopuses' movements do not have any rhythm. However, the individual arms have specific pattern when they elongate or shorten.
Animals April 17, 2015
It’s usually the visitors who take photos of animals inside the aquarium, but Rambo is a unique, specially-trained octographer.
Gadgets April 14, 2015
Pigment that gives its blood a blue tinge helps an Antarctic octopus survive in near-freezing waters, scientists find. Ability to control oxygen supply may also help it deal with warming from climate change, they say.
Animals March 12, 2015
Ben Savard placed his GoPro camera into an octopus tank but a brilliant cephalopod grabbed the camera and took photos of the film maker instead.
March 6, 2015
An octopus at the Seattle Aquarium saw an opportunity for freedom and took it, and an onlooker caught the whole amazing thing on video. Here's how it went down.
Internet Culture March 5, 2015
Reminder: Everything in nature is trying to kill you.
Internet Culture February 23, 2015
Seattle Aquarium conducted a census of giant octopus in Puget Sound. What did divers find?
February 6, 2015
It looks like an octopus with red tentacles but the octopus stinkhorn is actually a fungus. It is also edible despite the fact that it smells like rotting flesh.
Animals December 30, 2014
Like its animal namesake, the Octobot designed by Greek researchers has eight tentacles used for crawling and swimming through the ocean. The tentacles can also grasp objects.
FUTURE TECH September 26, 2014
Researchers in Greece have built a robotic octopus that swims through the Aegean Sea just like the real eight-tentacled sea creatures do. They've even been able to make the robot swim faster than last year.
Geek September 25, 2014
Researchers at MIT are continuing to improve a camouflage skin that can change fluorescence and texture via remote control. The skin is based on the very versatile skin of an octopus.
Science September 17, 2014
A team of researchers have developed a new automatic camouflage technology, based on the incredible way octopi's skin reacts to light and the changes in its environment.
Science August 19, 2014
Taking a cue from nature, scientists create a new form of camouflage that reacts to its surroundings without needing any external input, much like the skins of octopus and squid.
Internet Culture August 19, 2014
Scientists create a camouflage device inspired by octopus and other cephalopods that can change colors. Currently, the device can only switch from black to white or vice-versa.
FUTURE TECH August 19, 2014
Egg brooding in one species of deep-sea octopus can last 4.5 years, longer than any other known type of animal.
Animals August 1, 2014
Devoted mother octopus shows longest egg-brooding time seen in the animal kingdom. Creature neither moved nor ate during 4.5-year vigil, researchers say.
Animals July 30, 2014
Octopus tentacles grab on to everything except themselves. This is how researchers discovered the secrets behind octopus limbs.
Animals May 16, 2014
Two divers dove into the water to film a giant Pacific octopus. They weren't prepared for what happened next...
Animals February 18, 2014