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Links 4/15/14

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This sea slugs is like a cross between a dinosaur, a jellyfish, and a watermelon

As someone who can be a bit awkward a times, I’ve decided the sea slug Melibe will be my new power animal. I’m clumsy, constantly bumping into things, equally bad at all sports, and catch roughly 2% of things that are tossed to me. I don’t exactly always feel like I fit in. I can’t […]

The Glaucus, An Open-Source Quadrupedal Soft Robot With No Hard Mechanical Parts

3 weeks agoOdd : Laughing Squid

The Glaucus is an open-source quadrupedal soft robot from Super-Releaser Robotics that includes no hard mechanical parts with a seamless rubber skin. The soft robot, which is named after the blue sea slug (Glaucus atlanticus), manages to move thanks to the inflation of chambers that bend and deform the silicone when pressurized. Once the molds [...]

The Glaucus

Named for the Blue Sea Slug (Glaucus Atlanticus), Super-Releaser’s unusual soft robot walks not using servos or mechanical joints, but by inflating and deflating its air bladders. It looks like some sort of Pokémon to us.

Open source soft robotic quadruped with many applications

Pt and Limor write, "The Glaucus, named after the Blue Sea Slug (Glaucus Atlanticus), is an open source soft robotic quadruped from Super-Releaser.

Stunning Sea Slugs

Chromodoris willani, photographed by Samantha Craven. The name 'sea slug' does not sound immediately enticing to those not in the know, but in fact they include some of the world's most fabulous animals. The Chromodorididae are a family...Show More Summary

Climate change may slug leaping sea snails

The effects of climate change could hinder sea snails’ extraordinary ability to leap away from predators on one foot, Queensland researchers have found. The study shows conch snails, found in sandy areas off coral reefs, find it difficult to make the quick decision to jump out of reach of prey when exposed to higher levels […]

4 videos of the beautifully strange opalescent nudibranch (aka colorful alien-looking sea slug)

You spoke and we heard you. You wanted videos of this beautifully weird sea slug, so here they are!

Say Hello to The Game of Thrones Slug

4 months agoOdd : Neatorama

Daenerys Targaryen is pretty much my favorite female character from the last decade. She's tough, she's beautiful, she's kind and she's smart. And now, she has a sea slug named after her. The decision was made by Federal University of...Show More Summary

Scientists Geek Out, Name Sea Slug After 'Game of Thrones' Character

Forget the Iron Throne, Danaerys Targaryen, this is what your destiny has been leading you toward. Tritonia khaleesi is a new species of sea slug recently discovered off the coast of northeast Brazil by scientists from the Federal University of Ceará. Show More Summary

'Game of Thrones' Daenerys gets 'Khaleesi' slug named after her

"Game of Thrones" leading lady Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is no longer just a fictional creation. A newly discovered sea slug was named after the Khaleesi in a recently published paper.

Scientists Have Named A Gross Sea Slug After Not-Gross Daenerys Targaryen

It’s every actor’s dream: to play a character iconic enough that scientists name hideous new creatures after you. Emilia Clarke, you’ve officially made it, now that a bunch of eggheads have discovered the Tritonia khaleesi. As described...Show More Summary

Newly-Discovered Sea Slug Named After Game of Thrones Character

Earlier this year, we learned that the name “Arya” was the fastest-rising name for female babies in 2012, and now characters from the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin — and its HBO adaptation —...

New Sea Slug Named After GoT's Daenerys Targaryen

4 months agoOdd : Geekologie

A new species of sea slug was discovered of the coast of Brazil by Federal University of Ceará Tropical Marine master's student Felipe de Vasconcelos Silva and named Tritonia khaleesi in honor of Game of Throne khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen's braided hair. Show More Summary

Sea Slugs Have Strange Sex

5 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

Siphopteron sea slugs are hermaphroditic, but this is not all that's unusual about their sex lives. When they mate, one of the pair just straight-up stabs the other one in the forehead with a tiny, spiky thing. It's a very direct approach! No muss, no fuss, just hormones straight into... More »

When sex goes to their heads: Sea slugs have a two-pronged strategy

Slugs may ensure mating success with a shot to beloved’s forehead, say evolutionary biologists.

If you've ever wondered what a mindfuck looks like, now you know

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Meet Siphopteron species 1. It's a species of sea slug, recently discovered by Rolanda Lange. To procreate, two members of the species get together, stick organs into each other's heads, and fertilize. That's right — nature has at last provided us with a perfect example of the mindfuck. Read more...

Zoologger: Sea slugs stab partners in head during sex

A species of sea slug squirts chemicals into its partner's head during mating, perhaps in a bid to take control of its brain

This Facehugging Helmet Feeds You Algae All Day Long

Inspired by a sea slug, designers Burton Nitta envision the symbiotic, sustainable clothing of tomorrow. In the waters off the east coast of the United States, there is a small sea slug called the eastern emerald elysia that feeds by...Show More Summary

Sea Slug Salmagundi: Winter and Spring 2013

Some brief reviews for anime I watched during the winter and spring this year. From the New World – 5/5 One of the best anime I’ve seen, not to mention one of the most unique. Great storytelling, directing, characters, animation, atmosphere, world-building, music, and pacing. I recently watched some AMVs of this and all the [...]

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