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This one species of octopus plays with its food and has really weird sex

Health : The Checkup

Octopuses are freaky and mysterious, and they're notoriously difficult to study. But research on one particularly freaky species shows us just how much we have left to learn about cephalopods: The larger Pacific striped octopus disp...

Septipus?

Academics / General Science : Improbable Research

Whither a seven-armed octopus? Wonder whether it’s a case of wither? So does the author of this study: “An Octopus With Only Seven Arms: Anatomical Details,” Ian G. Gleadall, Journal of Molluscan Studies, Volume 55, Issue 4. 1989, p...

Blue blood on ice: How an Antarctic octopus survives the cold

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

An Antarctic octopus that lives in ice-cold water uses an unique strategy to transport oxygen in its blood, according to new research. The study suggests that the octopus's specialized blood pigments could help to make it more resil...

Octopuses rewrite their RNA to function in frigid Antarctic waters [Genetics]

Genres / Sci Fi : io9

We all know octopuses are clever, but a recent study reveals that the brainy beasts are crafty even at the molecular level. In a study published in the latest issue of Science, researchers reveal that octopuses living in the hypothe...

I repeat: Octopuses are NOT aliens

Academics : Pharyngula

Jebus. The stupidity of the media is maddening. Here are two articles now out there: Don’t freak out, but scientists think octopuses ‘might be aliens’ after DNA study and Octopuses ‘are aliens’, scientists decide after DNA study. Th...

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