Mass squid suicides haunt California coastal towns

Over the past few days, hundreds of carnivorous Humboldt squids have washed up on the shores of several Northern California towns, especially near Santa Cruz. The squid are a large (3-5 foot long), highly intelligent species native to Baja California and South American seas. Usually, they inhabit only the deep… » 12/12/12 11:04am 12/12/12 11:04am

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

Lose yourself in the hypnotic dance of a squid's pulsing pigment cells

The color patterns on cephalopods are controlled in large part by chromatophores, pigment-filled cells controlled by the animal's muscles. Michael Bok, a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, filmed this video of a dead Longfin Inshore Squid (Loligo pealeii) still-active chromatophores… » 7/08/12 1:00pm 7/08/12 1:00pm

A space squid battle to remember . . . on a t-shirt!

It's a space squid vs. a retro rocket! And it's a luminous, beautiful, funny tee designed by Kevlar51 to add to your collection. If you're in the States, your excuse is that it's Memorial Day, and you should have this shirt to honor the brave souls who gave their lives in the deadly space battles during the early… » 5/28/12 8:36am 5/28/12 8:36am

Scientists discover bisexual squid of the deep

Until today, little was known of the mating practices of deep sea squids. Most of them live more than 400 meters beneath the ocean's surface, making it very difficult for humans to observe their behavior in the crushing darkness. But now, with the help of robot submersibles, researchers have discovered that the deep… » 9/21/11 12:01pm 9/21/11 12:01pm