Nature’s Drone, Pretty and Deadly

April 2nd, 2013 @

In a string of recent papers, scientists have pinpointed key features of the dragonfly’s brain, eyes and wings that allow it to hunt so unerringly. One research team has determined that the nervous system of a dragonfly displays an almost human capacity for selective attention, able to focus on a single prey as it flies […]

Cuttlefish skin that reacts to light may hold key to making better camouflage

April 1st, 2013 @

Cuttlefish are ugly-cute. With their big eyes, stubby tentacles and bulbous head, they look like creatures from an H.P. Lovecraft horror story. When they move forward — rippling their fins underneath their bodies — they look like prehistoric flying saucers. They hunt at night and are masters of disguise. It turns out that this last […]

That Squid Can Dance!

April 1st, 2013 @

During experiments on the giant axons of the Longfin Inshore Squid (loligo pealei) at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA; we were fascinated by the fast color-changing nature of the squid’s skin. Squids (like many other cephalopods) can quickly control pigmented cells called chromatophores to reflect light. The Longfin Inshore has 3 different […]

MBL Scientists Discover Nerves Control Iridescence in Squid’s Remarkable “Electric Skin”

February 27th, 2013 @

What could a device like the Amazon Kindle possibly have in common with a cuttlefish?

February 27th, 2013 @

Sensing the Light, But Not to See

February 27th, 2013 @

Upcoming Seminar, “Zinc: Guard Ion for Vertebrate Vision”

February 26th, 2013 @

UPCOMING SEMINAR Dr. Richard Chappell, MBL Senior Scientist (Cellular Dynamics Program) and Affiliate (Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior) “Zinc: Guard Ion for Vertebrate Vision” MRC-210 Thursday, March 14, 2013 3:00 PM

Special Lecture: Neural control of tuneable skin iridescence in squid

October 19th, 2012 @

SPECIAL LECTURE Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior Seminar Trevor J. Wardill, candidate for Assistant Research Scientist “Neural control of tuneable skin iridescence in squid” CH104/105 Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:00, Noon