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 …

Octopuses + Brains + Robots: An Awesome Evening of Weird Science in NYC, Thursday April 3

What can octopuses teach us about the evolution of intelligence? What about robots? Join me and three amazing experts Thursday, April 3, 7-8:30pm at Housing Works Bookstore, for a fascinating evening discussing the weird and wonderful things octopuses have helped us understand about brains and bots--and what we still have to learn from them. Thursday, …

How the Freaky Octopus Can Help us Understand the Human Brain

In this month's WIRED magazine, my article "Alien Intelligence: How the Freaky Octopus Can Help us Understand the Human Brain," dives into the deeply mysterious octopus brain. This was no easy task, however. The octopus's "smarts" are distributed throughout its body--from its suckers, to its arms, to its central brain--an arrangement researchers refer to as "embodied …