24 Aug '12, 4pm

Whoa. Squid can make music videos: ...WITH THEIR SKIN.

Whoa. Squid can make music videos: ...WITH THEIR SKIN.

Oh, you thought you were insane in the membrane, Cypress Hill? That’s because you didn’t see the insane membrane of this longfin squid, which is producing its own hip-hop music video in response to electrical stimuli from an iPod . Researchers hooked the squid up to suction electrodes, and hooked the electrodes up to an iPod Nano playing Cypress Hill’s seminal song. The electrodes translated the music into electrical signals, and translated the electrical signals into stimulus delivered to the squid’s nerves. That nerve stimulus contracted the muscles around the squid’s chromatophores, the pigmented cells that cephalopods use to change color. Result: the squid-skin equivalent of those light-up circles in Guitar Hero. Image courtesy of Backyard Brains . This project doesn’t necessarily tell us anything new about squid chromatophores, but it does a) look awesome b) make this...

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