8 glorious buildings shaped like squids and octopodes

Architects frequently take their design cues from nature, but while some prefer the curves of budding flowers or the sturdy power of desert mesas, others give their buildings reaching tentacles, high, squid-like towers, or the occasional smattering of what looks like suckers. Here are a handful of buildings and design… » 11/17/12 2:00pm 11/17/12 2:00pm

Watch an octopus steal food and beat up a shark AT THE SAME TIME

Octopuses are absolutely hilarious, what with their penchant for puzzle-solving and infinitely useful tentacles. Just check out this video by Lauren De Vos of the University of Cape Town's Marine Research Institute — while filming a bait canister in Cape Town's False Bay, a thieving octopus managed to undo the humans'… » 10/02/12 7:55am 10/02/12 7:55am

Watch what happens when you play Cypress Hill through a squid's fin

Cephalopods like squid and octopuses change their appearance with color-changing cells called chromatophores. Chromatophores can be stimulated via electrical signals — like the ones coming out of the headphone jack of an iPhone playing Cypress Hill's "Insane in the Brain." » 8/23/12 4:40pm 8/23/12 4:40pm

160 million years ago, ancestors of cuttlefish were already using the…

Researchers have shown that ink sacs from a cephalopod that lived 160-million years ago still contain traces of the pigment melanin. That's an impressive find in its own right, but what really floored the scientists was how familiar these pigments looked. » 5/22/12 9:25am 5/22/12 9:25am

This amazing optical illusion video will make a man's head disappear

This video uses your eye's built-in blind spot to trick your brain into making a man's head vanish. I've seen some pretty awesome optical illusion videos in my time, and I'm calling it now: this is the best one yet. » 1/18/12 11:15am 1/18/12 11:15am

Watch a lowly fish mimic the incredible mimic octopus

The mimic octopus is a stealthy swimmer (and a furious lover) but it's not the only master of disguise in the ocean. While swimming off of the coast of Indonesia last July, diver Godehard Kopp noticed that a black-marble jawfish was surreptitiously hitching a ride with the mimic octopus. » 1/05/12 6:45am 1/05/12 6:45am

And now, two mimic octopuses making sweet, sweet love

We love ourselves some mimic octopodes, and they certainly love each other. In fact, here are two Indonesian mimic octopodes engaged in the delicate art of making genetic knock-offs of themselves. Such choreography! This is some tentacle porn we have no compunction posting without the NSFW tag. » 12/11/11 2:00pm 12/11/11 2:00pm

Deep sea cephalopods can switch between transparent or opaque for…

Cephalopods continue to astound us on a daily basis. New research has shown that deep sea cephalopods not only have incredible camouflage powers, but can switch between being transparent and opaque at will. » 11/10/11 5:00pm 11/10/11 5:00pm

Giant prehistoric krakens may have sculpted self-portraits using…

For decades, paleontologists have puzzled over a fossil collection of nine Triassic icthyosaurs (Shonisaurus popularis) discovered in Nevada's Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. Researchers initially thought that this strange grouping of 45-foot-long marine reptiles had either died en masse from a poisonous plankton bloom… » 10/10/11 8:00am 10/10/11 8:00am