Pharyngula

What it’s like to be an octopus? This review of Peter Godfrey Smith’s book, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, captures perfectly why I’ve been fascinated by them — they’re the closest thing to aliens we’ve got. Unlike cetaceans – whose sentience it is possible to imagine, partly because…

Friday Cephalopod: Spotty

Is anyone else seeing this picture and immediately wondering what molecules regulate the orderly dispersal of those well-distributed pigment cells?

Friday Cephalopod: She persisted

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Vortices!

Oooh, beautiful. Starfish larvae are covered with beating cilia that they use to swim, and also to swirl bacteria towards their mouth…and in this video that visualizes the motion generated by the cilia, you can see that they do both at the same time.

Friday Cephalopod: Dancing pinkly

If you need more cephalopods, from the same source:

Apparently, flamboyant cuttlefish are born looking snazzy.

Botanical Wednesday: Colors!

I lack any tattoos, but on the day we can transfect human skin cells with the machinery to make chromoplasts and chromatophores, I’ll be first in line at the local genetic modification parlor.

Friday Cephalopod: pink & puffy

No. This is not what I look like naked.