Watch Squid Cells Bump to Cypress Hill's 'Insane in the Brain'

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Via Tumblr's reigning science guru Joe Hanson comes a biology video made to go viral: audio of an early-1990s hip hop track stimulates synchronized pulsing chromatophores (pigmented cells) in a squid fin. It's amazing. The video was created by Backyard Brains, two guys who hook up electrodes to cockroach parts to reveal the wonders of neuroscience, working with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. 

Hansen describes the science in more detail on his site, and the guys at Backyard Brains explain the technology of their setup in a TED Talk below. They've also made it available as a kit called a Spikerbox here

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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