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  1. Science Is Real Close to Developing Squid-like Color Changing Skin From Synthetic Materials

    Nobody suspects a thing!

    Some squids, octopuses, and other cephalopods are able to camouflage their bodies underwater by changing the color and texture of their skin, which is probably how they're able to so successfully infiltrate our society and integrate themselves into human families as our octodads. But according to new research from MIT, humans are pretty close to creating our own version of cephalopod skin.

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  2. Unprecedented Video Shows Squid Flashing, Generally Communicating With Their Bodies

    The squid in this video are human-sized, five- to six-foot long cephalopods. They're also showing off quite a bit, giving scientists some pretty useful glimpses into their communication habits.

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  3. “Sensitive Squid” More Likely to Live Longer, and to Be a Great Band Name

    This next song is called "Invertebrates." 1! 2! 3! 4! 5! 6! 7! 8!

    Wonder why your squid friends won't come to another calamari cook-off with you? Turns out they're once bitten, twice shy: a study published today in Current Biology says that squid have a biological imperative to remain sensitive after painful experiences. But is a life lived in fear truly living, guys?

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  4. Symbiotic Bacteria Tell Squid When To Hunt, When To Sleep

    Glowing bacteria that live in the light-generating organs of the tiny bobtail squid play a key role in determining the animal's circadian rhythms -- the natural cycles that help determine when a creature sleeps, wakes, and eats -- according to a study published this week in the journal mBio. It's the first time a symbiotic bacteria has been found to determine the daily habits of its host, and could offer researchers insight into how the bacteria that live in more complicated creatures -- including humans -- may affect our day to day lives.

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  5. Here’s What the World Looks Like If You’re a Humboldt Squid

    Stanford researchers have managed for the first time to get an idea of what life looks like from the point of view of the Humboldt squid. You can get a glimpse of things from a squid's perspective in video below as Stanford professor William Gilly explains what National Geographic's Critter Cam helped researchers learn about the animal by following it in it's own habitat.

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  6. This Is What The Music of Cypress Hill Looks Like Played Through A Squid

    Squids are one of many animals capable of changing color when they feel threatened, frightened, or just need to be a little dressier, but while many animals can change color, almost none can do it as quickly as squid. It's long been a mystery to science just how squid send the instructions to the cells that change their pigmentation, called iridophores, and how those cells respond to the stimuli so quickly. In an effort to find out what stimulates those cells, the DIY bio-hackers at Backyard Brains teamed with resaerchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Using a technique they had already tested by making a cockroach dance, the team attached an electrode to the squid's dorsal fin, allowing them to send electrical impulses into the animal. The electrical impulses they chose to deliver? The Cypress Hill classic "Insane in the Brain."

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  7. Truly Unsettling "Dancing" Squid for Dinner [Video]

    While there are any number of foods involving cephalopods in one form another, this particular Japanese squid dish is not what it seems. When you pour soy sauce over the squid, its legs begin to move and "dance" around. Apparently, the soy sauce is what makes the food get up and dance. There's some disagreement on Reddit about what exactly is going on, but all agree that the high salt of the soy sauce is key.

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  8. Freaky “Squidworm” Discovered, is Actually Weird Earthworm

    The freaky "squidworm" pictured above was discovered back in 2007, and sports 10 fragile tentacle-like appendages on its head, which are the reason why the little guy is referred to as a "squidworm." New anatomical and genetic analysis of the squidworm, however, say the creature is an annelid, just like an earthworm, rather than some awesome super-science experiment gone awry.

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