back to article Deep-sea squid go from transparent to dark as fast as a Kindle

US-based scientists have left the tech world flabbergasted today with the discovery that living e-ink displays – very bit as responsive as those found in a Kindle or similar e-reader – have been found swimming about deep beneath the Pacific Ocean. As the vid above shows, the remarkable Japetella heathi, a bulbous, short-armed …

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Those squid...

... better get themselves a good patent lawyer...!

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Onychoteuthis banksii

Onychoteuthis banksii was named in honour of Banksy.

As you can see, it tags itself, thus the name.

Dispute it if you will, I ignore mere facts and grab hold of convenient appearance and coincidence.

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Agreed

She mentions it before you see the spelling and I assumed it was "Banksy" immediately.

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I thought it was just a typo for Oi banksy.

(Quit your bitchin' Carl.)

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Well, there goes the E-Ink patent portfolio...

... Mother Nature can claim Prior Art!

:-)

Grabbing my jacket; heading back to the trawler...

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octopuses

not octopi....

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I want a Squid Plus

With more memory and the ability to time-shift :D

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It's all Greek to Me

Plus it's from the greek, not latin, so even if you don't accept "octopuses" it would perhaps be octopods, but never octopi.

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Octopodes

for those of us who had to do classical Greek.

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So in the future, we'll be watching squid?

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"So in the future, we'll be watching squid?"

Exactly. But given its size, it's only suitable for portable devices, obviously. That is probably the reason why the link to Kindle was made. Sea water 'powered' mobile e-reader. Brilliant.

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more entertaining than the kind of mollusks you find on reality tv these days

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Does not answer the *big* questions

How do you cook them and what do they taste like?

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Does it blend?

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"... and what do they taste like?"

Rubbery.

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"How do you cook them ...?"

Flash-fry. Then microwave.

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cook them? yuck

This is how to eat octopi ... octopuses ... octopodes... er, ... squid!:

http://arvana.videosift.com/video/Oldboy-Eating-Live-Octopus-Bit

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Cheap or new format?

Presumably in the future we'll be able to download ebooks for a couple of squid.

It's the one with "The Kraken Wakes" in the pocket.

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This is new?

Since when is this a discovery? Have they never seen a cuttlefish?

Far more impressive.

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Ah yes, the cuttlefish. Prompted one of the best "D'oh" moments ever (you know who you are...):

Mate: "Cuttlefish? They change colour you know, like a chameleon."

His Girlfriend: "No they don't, they're black."

M: "WTF are you on about?"

GF: "I've seen 'em, they're black. Have you ever seen one?"

M: "Where did you see them?"

GF: "On a dockside in a big plastic bin full of water."

M: "What colour was the bin?"

GF: "Black."

M: "And what's the best colour to be if you want to hide in a black bin............?"

<Sound of penny dropping>

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Great, looks like I'll be able to read a Kindle underwater soon Well I take mine everywhere else!

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Wait till the Apple lawyers get....

...their tentacles on this!

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Squid based e-book reader?

I'll wait for the mimic octopus version - it does colour and has a better refresh rate

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Missing the point

One octopus is clearly a single pixel on a display.

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