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

Special Lecture & Open House, Thursday, July 19

July 9th, 2012 @

OPEN HOUSE July 19th, 3-6:00 pm Celebrating the new MBL Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior (see attached hanlon-highstein flyer) Thursday, July 19, 3-6 PM Marine Resources facility, 2nd floor We hope everyone on the MBL Campus can join us, along with special invitees! Live demos including toadfish balance and cuttlefish camouflage Undersea videos of […]