Study of Dragonfly Prey Detection Wins PNAS Cozzarelli Prize for Scientific Excellence and Originality

April 24th, 2013 @

Paloma T. Gonzalez-Bellido, who is now a postdoctoral scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and colleagues from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Minnesota, and Union College have been awarded a 2012 Cozzarelli Prize by the editorial board of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Gonzalez-Bellido and colleagues were honored for the […]

Special Seminar, Monday, April 22nd at 11:00 AM, “Vision through an air-ocean surface”

April 16th, 2013 @

SPECIAL SEMINAR Sponsored by the MBL Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior and WHOI Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department Dr. Yoav Y. Schechner, Associate Professor Technion, Israel Institute of Technology – Department of Electrical Engineering “Vision through an air-ocean surface”   MRC-210 Monday, April 22, 2013 11:00 AM ABSTRACT. We increase the complexity of […]

Upcoming Seminar, “Visual control of motor action by camouflaged cephalopods and predatory insects: two players of the same game”

April 9th, 2013 @

UPCOMING SEMINAR Dr. Paloma Gonzalez Bellido, MBL Postdoctoral Scientist (Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior) “Visual control of motor action by camouflaged cephalopods and predatory insects: two players of the same game” MRC-210 Tuesday, April 23, 2013 3:00 PM

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