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Ecology May 09, 2019

Low oxygen levels could temporarily blind marine invertebrates

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have found that low oxygen levels in seawater could blind some marine invertebrates.

Nanophysics May 10, 2019

Smallest pixels ever created could light up color-changing buildings

The smallest pixels yet created—a million times smaller than those in smartphones, made by trapping particles of light under tiny rocks of gold—could be used for new types of large-scale flexible displays, big enough ...

Materials Science Apr 29, 2019

Squid skin inspires creation of next-generation space blanket

Drawing design inspiration from the skin of stealthy sea creatures, engineers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a next-generation, adaptive space blanket that gives users the ability to control their ...

Plants & Animals Apr 09, 2019

Squid team finds high species diversity off Kermadec Islands, part of stalled marine reserve proposal

Squids and octopuses could be considered the "parrots of the ocean". Some are smart, and many have complex behaviours. And, of course, they have strange, bird-like beaks.

Materials Science Mar 22, 2019

4-D-printed materials can be stiff as wood or soft as sponge

Imagine smart materials that can morph from being stiff as wood to as soft as a sponge—and also change shape.

Robotics Mar 19, 2019

Robot arms with the flexibility of an elephant's trunk

Unlike conventional robot arms with hinged and swivel joints, new flexible arms being developed by Professor Stefan Seelecke and his research group at Saarland University are constructed using muscles made from shape-memory ...

Plants & Animals Mar 15, 2019

Diving to new depths for Antarctic science

A University of Canterbury scientist is using Kiwi technology in her Antarctic research to capture fascinating footage of life beneath the surface in McMurdo Sound.

Plants & Animals Mar 06, 2019

The secret of a squid's ability to change colors may lie in an unexpected sparkle on its skin

In the blink of an eye, squid can change from sandy brown to vibrant red or ripple with bright metallic rainbows. Their color-changing abilities (and those of their fellow cephalopods, octopus and cuttlefish) are more sophisticated ...

Plants & Animals Jul 21, 2010

Scientists tap into Antarctic octopus venom

( -- Researchers have collected venom from octopuses in Antarctica for the first time, significantly advancing our understanding of the properties of venom as a potential resource for drug-development.

Plants & Animals Apr 03, 2017

Unique dolphin strategy delivers dangerous octopus for dinner

For wild predators, catching, killing and eating prey can sometimes be a risky business. We can see this on the African savannah, where a well-aimed kick from a zebra can spell trouble for a hungry lion.

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