Science blogger Mike Lisieski found this video of an octopus who's turned trash into treasure. It's a tight squeeze to get out of the bottle, but the ability to maneuver through tiny spaces is one of those skills octopuses evolved both to defend themselves against predators, and catch their own prey. Basically, an octopus can go anywhere that it can fit its hard beak through—the rest of its body is squishy and malleable. In fact, in aquariums, octopuses are often given mazes with narrow passageways and hidden food "prizes." The games help keep the octopus' awesome brain entertained in captivity.
Bonus: There's a great color-change moment right as the octopus pops out of the bottleneck.
A better understanding how a sperm swims its way toward an egg could help inform new treatments for male infertility. Researchers from the University of York have now come up with a mathematical formula to model how large numbers of moving sperm interact with fluid they’re swimming through. From the University: By analysing the head […]
Dr Gale Ridge is a public entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, where an average of 23 people a day call, write or visit; an increasing proportion of them aren’t inquiring about actual insects, they’re suffering from delusional parasitosis, and they’re desperate and even suicidal.
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cards—especially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a working laptop, why should you care? Oh, how much you have to learn. Besides operating well as a compact digital media hub, […]
Custom coffee vessels are the perfect piece of office flair, but it’s just a matter of time before your VOTE FOR PEDRO mug will start to lose its relevant wit. Why not have a new one every day, with whatever silly nonsense you want sticking off the sides? You can save big on your novelty […]