The 8 Best Octopus Studies this Year–for World Octopus Day

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The octopus is an intelligent, curious, and clever multitasker. We two-armed humans often struggle to keep up with it. But the pace of octopus research is accelerating. And this has been a big year for octopus science. So to celebrate International Octopus Day, let's see what we have learned about these amazing animals--and what they are teaching …

My Review of “Voices In the Ocean” In The New York Times Book Review

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Dolphins can use their sonar to detect the difference between pieces of copper and aluminum. Their relatives were hoofed, wolf-like animals that returned to the oceans some 55 million years ago. They have brains that seemed better built for empathy than our own. In short, dolphins are fascinating subjects. So I was thrilled to be asked to …

Rare Social Octopus Unveils Secrets of Sucker-to-Sucker Mating and Other Unusual Behaviors

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Most octopuses prefer the solitary life. Some have even been known to eat their mates. But a newly discovered species of octopus is disrupting this long-held model. The larger Pacific striped octopus (still so new to science it does not yet have a formal Latin name) was first spotted some 40 years ago. But its behavior, …

Octopuses Return to Boulder County for “Best of PechaKucha” July 24

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One chilly October evening, two weeks before the launch of Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea, I was honored to give a super-fun sneak peek of my book at Longmont's PechaKucha Night. So I am octoputletly honored to be asked back for The Best of PechaKucha Night this Friday night, July 24, at the Longmont Museum's …

Octopuses Take Denver Comic Con! Sunday May 24

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It's upon us. The octopus takeover--of Denver Comic Con. What: I'll be explaining why--and how--octopuses will definitely be taking over the world! Questions and book signing to follow How: Swing by Nerd Nite Denver's (daytime) panel When: Sunday, May 24, 12:10pm Where: Room 603, Colorado Convention Center Why: Superheros and cephalopods. What more could you want from …

Where Microbiome Research Is Headed: My Latest for NPR

There has been a flourish of new studies linking the human microbiome to a host of diseases--Parkinson's, diabetes, and even depression. But that is not enough for biologist Rob Knight. Knight is one of the co-founders of the American Gut Project, a citizen-funded effort to better understand the microbiome's connection to health. He recently moved …

The Guts of a Microbiome: I Sequenced My Family’s Poo for Science–and for NPR

About a year and a half ago I learned that the epicenter of citizen microbiome science is just a half-hour away from my house. So, naturally, I wanted to give them my poo.* And my dog's, too. (The results of the quest are detailed in a four-part series on NPR's Shots blog) More specifically, I wanted to …

Congrats To the Winner of the Unofficial Twitter Giveaway of a Signed Paperback Edition of Octopus!

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Congratulations to @CarinaDSLR for winning the random unofficial Twitter giveaway of a brand-new signed paperback edition of Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea! Thanks to everyone who entered! Even if you didn't win, you still can get your arms on a copy of the book—in paperback or hardcover—from your local bookstore—or online from: Penguin Amazon …