Jun. 27, 2014

Goodies From #CephalopodWeek

by Brandon Echter

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For the past few days, Science Friday’s Cephalopod Week has celebrated these amazing, beautiful, and mysterious creatures—and our friends at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, MBARI, as well as fans from all around the Internet, have joined us in the festivities. It’s been a fascinating, tentacle-filled week, but it’s nearly over. If you’re still looking for a cephalopod fix, we’ve compiled all the SciFri stories we shared this week in one place.
 
These deep-sea cephalopods may look sinister, but researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium say that they’re anything but. [Video]
 
 
How does the Monterey Bay Aquarium care for their population of cuttlefish? Here’s a hint: It involves a “cuttle cradle”. [Video]
 
 
The nautilus is considered the oddball in a family of oddballs, but this “laid-back” species may be the key to understanding cephalopod intelligence. [Video]
 
 
Researcher Roger Hanlon was diving in the Caribbean when he captured video footage that made him scream. [Video]
 
 
Cuttlefish are masters of disguise thanks to their chromatophores, but what can that tell us about how they see the world? [Video]
 
 
Oliver Sacks’s Cephalopod Collection
Author and neuroscientist Oliver Sacks sent pictures of his extensive cephalopod collection.
 
Kids learn how octopuses blend into their environment with this activity. [Education]
 
Show your Cephalopod Week pride with a fashionable vampire squid hat. [Education]
 
This beautiful octopus is one of the most deadly to humans. [Article]
 
Cephalopods are famous for their color-changing skin, but they’re actually colorblind. [Article]
 
Normally we listen to music through speakers or headphones, but the people behind Backyard Brains tried a different method. [Article]
 
Author and neuroscientist Oliver Sacks joins Ira in interviewing Clyde Rooper, the zoologist on the hunt for the giant squid. [Audio]
 
SciFri production assistant Sam Flatow comes to the defense of the octopus. [Article]
 
Biologist Casey Dunn and his student Sophia Tintori explain how squid manipulate their chromatophores. [Video]
 
Have you ever seen a squid sucker up close? How about under an electron micrograph? [Article]
 
About Brandon Echter

Brandon is Science Friday's community manager and all-around nerdy nerd. He's a big fan of science fiction, sloths, and the great state of New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @bechter.

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