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Insane in the Chromatophores

Ever wonder what they do at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution?

Slate Magazine highlighted the video above and linked to the explanation of exactly what is occurring from the Science blog backyardbrains, who got interested in squid  chromatophores at Woods Hole.

In short, what they did was wire an iPod directly to the nerve muscle of a recently deceased longfin inshore squid; this species of squid is able to essentially instantly change its skin color.  They then played Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain” through the iPod and filmed the whole thing through an 8x microscope.  The bass beat fired up the color changing mechanism.

This is essentially the squid version of Galvani’s experiment with twitching frog legs.

Who needs a music video?

Every post about this video has used the same title, because there really is only one possible title for this subject.

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