Insane In The Membrane – Cypress Hill (Weird Science Experiment With Squid Skin)

Now Rebel Voice is well aware that this is not the most catchy title for an article you will ever see. Cypress Hill and scientific experiments? They must mean a new type of drug, surely? Nope to dope. This science is full-on geekdom.

Marine biologists at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory were curious about the response to stimuli of the chromatophores of the Longfin Inshore Squid (presumably as opposed to the Shortfin Outshore Squid who is not really very interesting at all and is shunned by other members of the family). Chromatophores are pigmented cells that change colour quickly in cephalopods (squids, octopuses, cuttlefish etc) and are used for both camouflage and courtship rituals.

The pointy-heads wired up a squid’s fin (presumably the creature was either anaesthetised or dead) to an iPod and played the song Insane In The Membrane to see what would happen. The following video, complete with soundtrack, demonstrates the reaction of a squid’s chromatophores to musical stimulus. If they had instead attached the squid to Sally MacLennane by The Pogues, the creature, even if dead, would have jumped up, starting jumping around, headbutted the nearest geek and ran out the door and down the street to the first pub. Wish they had tried that and if they do Rebel Voice will be sure to bring the footage to you first.

Here is science meets hip hop.

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