WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

National Zoo's Baby Octopus Has A Name

Play associated audio

Animal keeper Donna Stockton looks on as the octopus moves away from the finalists' names.
Courtesy of National Zoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalzoo/6543833345/in/set-72157628498264913)
Animal keeper Donna Stockton looks on as the octopus moves away from the finalists' names.

The National Zoo's latest resident has a new name. The Zoo asked children to offer up names for its new giant Pacific octopus, which is only the size of a grapefruit right now but it could grow to be 12 feet across in a few years.

The Zoo got 300 suggestions -- there was Mirage and Inkling, Odysseus and Pandora. Keepers narrowed down the list and put the names in plastic spheres inside the tank so the octopus could decide himself. But the mollusk didn't move, and after a while one of the keepers put on a blindfold and just picked one. 

The new name: Pandora. That was the suggestion of 10-year-old Trinity Kimberly from Sterling, Va., who says she came up with the name because octopuses are curious. 


'Good Girls Revolt' Takes On Gender Bias In The Newsroom

Amazon's new series Good Girls Revolt, set in 1969, was inspired by a landmark gender bias case at Newsweek. Showrunners also hired women at every level of the cast and crew — a Hollywood rarity.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
WAMU 88.5

Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.