Insane in the Chromatophores

During experiments on the axons of the Woods Hole squid (loligo pealei), we tested our cockroach leg stimulus protocol (an iPod) on the squid's chromatophores. The results were both interesting and beautiful.

More details can be found here: http://news.backyardbrains.com/2012/08/insane-in-the-chromatophores/ and an explanation of how it works can be found on our TED talk: http://on.ted.com/Gage

For our friends in Germany, we uploaded to Vimeo as well https://vimeo.com/48183535

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The color changing cells known as chromatophores get funky during experiments on the Longfin Inshore squid (loligo pealei). Researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA stimulated the skin of a dead squid with music from an iPod.

During experiments on the axons of the longfin squid, we were taken in by the beauty of the fast changing color of the skin. The squid's skin contains many colorful light-reflecting cells called chromatophores. We wanted to try to stimulate the fin nerve directly from our iPod. The results were both interesting and beautiful. The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the dorsal side of the squid's fin.

http://news.backyardbrains.com/2012/08/insane-in-the-chromatophores/