They have existed for millions of years, have eight arms, nine hearts and three brains: octopuses are extremely fascinating marine beings. Their intelligence stands out among all animal species. The classic experiment of an octopus learning in a few minutes to unscrew a lid on a jar in order to reach a bait has been around the world. Some researchers like Edward Steele have even dared to hypothesize a creature from elsewhere in the universe.
More seriously, however, the animal has long been perceived as a negative figure. In Japanese mythology, it wears a cloak of both danger and eroticism. Among the Vikings, it appears as the Kraken, a huge octopus that can sink a fleet if the mood strikes it.
Villains have additionally taken his form or name, whether it be the sentinels stalking humans in The Matrix (1999) or James Bond's terrible enemy in Octopussy (1983). Nevertheless, more recent filmmakers have shown the pacifism of this cephalopod and its great cerebral capacities. So much so that French naturalist Theodore Monod concluded that the day humans become extinct, the next dominant species could be one with many arms, hearts and brains.
Food is a daily concern. A series of 6 games proposed by the Alimentarium museum reminds us of the importance of a balanced diet, to know the organs of the digestive tract in order to better understand the digestion of food and other food-related topics. An initiative all the more interesting because there are not many serious games related to food.
The sharing economy has led to small changes in various economic sectors such as transportation, housing, etc. This approach has changed the relationship of citizens for different services, now cheaper and offered by their fellow citizens. However, who actually benefits from this new economy? The people or the companies in question? A U.S. newsgame shows how the life of Uber drivers isn't as lucrative as one might think.
Video games designed for people with disabilities are already a rare resource. An experience that allows multiple players is even rarer. Yet this latest creation from "Ludociels for All" challenges players to light up an entire maze by walking balls of light.
What is beauty? Vast and philosophical question which finds only some answers. Some mathematicians believed in an almost divine ratio that would be the ultimate in beauty. Since then, many other elements are taken into account to qualify what is beautiful.