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Link Stack

Lately, I came across some other interesting links, so I thought I’d share them here 🙂

>> Test your patterns of unconscious thought (biases) = http://www.the-twist-project.eu/en/iat/intro/?embed

>> ’10 tips when asking for a letter of recommendation’ by Chris Buddle

>> Super sweet article about octopi; the recounting of an octopus-human meeting, especially, truly makes you realise how alien, intelligent, and cute they are (I think I’m in love <3) = http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6474

>> A biologist’s tumblr, or “A compendium of knowledge gleaned from seemingly endless scholarly pursuits in the wild.” His series of “Things I learned as a field biologist” is very funny!

>> Biodiversity + Trading card game + Crowdsourcing = PURE COOLNESS, and it’s called Phylo.

>> CROWDFUNDING FOR SCIENCE RESEARCH !!! = microryza.com is like a KickStarter for scientific projects.

Octopus Tool Use

Common octopus Octopus vulgaris. Credit: OpenCage Systems.

Common octopus Octopus vulgaris. Credit: OpenCage Systems

According to St. Amant and Horton (2008, cited by Bentley-Condit & Smith), tool use can be defined as the use of an object to either alter the physical properties of another one or to mediate the flow of information between the user and its environment (non exhaustive definition). It has been observed and studied in various vertebrate species, perhaps most typically in primates, passerines and corvids. Among the invertebrates catalogued as tool users, which include several ant species, cephalopods seem to be only “borderline” users. Nonetheless, the internet contains some compelling videos showing octopuses with coconut shells:

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