Cuttlefish Delay Gratification, a Sign of Smarts
Cuttlefish Delay Gratification, a Sign of Smarts
The cephalopods resisted temptation for up to 130 seconds to earn their favorite food, hinting at sophisticated cognitive abilities such as planning for the future.
Cuttlefish Delay Gratification, a Sign of Smarts
Cuttlefish Delay Gratification, a Sign of Smarts

The cephalopods resisted temptation for up to 130 seconds to earn their favorite food, hinting at sophisticated cognitive abilities such as planning for the future.

The cephalopods resisted temptation for up to 130 seconds to earn their favorite food, hinting at sophisticated cognitive abilities such as planning for the future.

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Image of the Day: Vampire Squid
Image of the Day: Vampire Squid
Emily Makowski | Sep 11, 2019
The unusual cephalopod was spotted on a recent underwater research expedition.
Image of the Day: Squid Skin
Image of the Day: Squid Skin
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 13, 2019
The cephalopods use several strategies to manipulate light and produce their colorful patterns.
Image of the Day: Dumbo Octopus Hatchling
Image of the Day: Dumbo Octopus Hatchling
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 21, 2018
The baby cephalopod looks and behaves like an adult from the moment it emerges from the egg.
Image of the Day: Cuttlefish Camouflage
Image of the Day: Cuttlefish Camouflage
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 16, 2018
The cephalopod’s unique ability to disguise itself relies on a single motor nerve exclusively dedicated to skin tension and papillary control.
Image of the Day: Brand New Pyjamas
Image of the Day: Brand New Pyjamas
The Scientist Staff | Aug 23, 2017
As it matures, this chromatophore-clad pyjama squid (Sepioloidea lineolata) hatchling will learn to use the color-changing cells that adorn its body to alter its appearance.
Cephalopod Genomes Contain Thousands of Conserved RNA Editing Sites
Cephalopod Genomes Contain Thousands of Conserved RNA Editing Sites
Abby Olena | Apr 6, 2017
Octopus, cuttlefish, and squid extensively edit messenger RNAs in an evolutionarily conserved process. 
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 17, 2015
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Light Sensors in Cephalopod Skin
Light Sensors in Cephalopod Skin
Kerry Grens | May 21, 2015
Squid, cuttlefish, and octopuses possess vision machinery in their skin.
Squid-Inspired Electric Elastomer
Squid-Inspired Electric Elastomer
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 17, 2014
Polymer changes color and texture in response to remote signals. 
Cephalopod Coddling
Cephalopod Coddling
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 1, 2014
Deep-sea octopus has the longest-known brooding period known for any animal species.
How the Octopus Keeps Its Arms Straight
How the Octopus Keeps Its Arms Straight
Sandhya Sekar | May 15, 2014
Researchers uncover a self-recognition mechanism that prevents octopus limbs from becoming entangled, despite their powerful suction.
Groovy Color
Groovy Color
Dan Cossins | Jul 1, 2013
To control their color displays, squid fine-tune the optical properties of light-reflecting cells by rapidly expelling and imbibing water across a tightly pleated membrane
Cephalopod-Inspired Robot
Jef Akst | Aug 17, 2012
A color-changing machine mimics the rubbery body and flexible movements of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish.
Behavior Brief
Hannah Waters | Jan 31, 2012
A roundup of recent studies in behavior research