Small Wonders: Arthropods With Superpowers
May 4, 2017
Robot designers know that making things big is easy, but making them small is hard. How do you pack a multitude of capabilities in a tiny space? Consider these little guys.
Weekend Biomimetics Showcase
March 11, 2017
The focus in biology these days is on design. Here's evidence.
Big Science Loves ID – Sometimes
January 14, 2017
Despite institutional rejection of intelligent design, researchers are attracted to ID when it can make money, make them famous, or advance understanding of nature.
Year-End Biomimetics Parade
December 31, 2016
What better way to end the year than a celebration of biomimetics, where fun and useful science never ends thanks to nature's inspiring designs?
What Good Is a Hairball?
December 7, 2016
When you start looking for clues to good designs in nature, the results are everywhere.
Planning Your Next Revolutionary Invention
October 22, 2016
To innovate something people will want, follow the leader: the Creator of living creatures.
Inspiring Life Motivates Designers
September 17, 2016
Here's the latest collection of bio-inspired designs brought to you by plants, animals, and cells.
Toy Octopus Is Far from the Living Reality
August 27, 2016
The news media are celebrating an autonomous soft robot shaped like an octopus. It has a lot to learn from its living counterpart.
Design Inspires Scientific Advances
May 9, 2016
When you see cutting-edge science in materials and methods, you are likely to read "Inspired by Nature."
Nature Inspires Hi-Tech Design
February 6, 2016
Scientists and engineers continue the gold rush to imitate nature's solutions to problems.
Design in Tiny Fruit Flies
December 7, 2015
Among the smallest of flyers, these amazing insects pack incredible technology into a tiny package.
Invisible Subs and Other Tricks Inspired by Life
November 21, 2015
Working scientists seem less focused on evolution and more on design these days, figuring out how animals and plants do amazing things.
Inspiring Designs in Life
October 24, 2015
When scientists look closely at living designs, they think, Wow! That's cool! I wonder if we could copy that?
Scientific Progress Is Spelled "Bio-Inspiration"
October 5, 2015
Need fundamental insights into physics and technology? Look no further than the living world.
Insects Worth Respecting
September 12, 2015
Most six-legged creatures are small and we give them little notice. Here are surprises that entomologists are discovering in some very special insects.
Applications from Nature
August 25, 2015
In this Biomimetics list, we start with the application, then tell you what organism inspired it.
July 29, 2015
Here are some animals, some common and some little-known, whose abilities astonish scientists.
Creatures Worth Knowing and Imitating
July 21, 2015
Studies of animals and cells reveal designs in nature we can appreciate and imitate.
Horned Dinosaurs Had Better Teeth than Mammals
June 8, 2015
Triceratops and its buddies carried around fine sets of self-sharpening steak knives (to eat plants).
Gecko Gripper Picks Up Anything
May 30, 2015
The gecko gripper is just one of many exciting developments in the field of biomimetics: the imitation of nature's designs.
Skin Is Repaired by Zipper Mechanism
May 6, 2015
The details of wound repair and prevention are coming to light.
Biomimetics Still Trending Up
March 28, 2015
The imitation of nature's designs (biomimetics) is all the rage, and shows no sign of slowing down.
Beat the Competition with Natural Design
August 27, 2014
Want to engineer something right the first time and beat the competition? Find out how life does it.
Wonders Under the Sea
July 9, 2014
Three ocean creatures have surprised scientists with new discoveries of previously-unknown capabilities.
Man Climbs Glass Like a Gecko
June 18, 2014
Bio-inspired technologies are starting to reach the market.
Three More Ways to Benefit from Nature's Designs
May 12, 2014
Three completely different biological mechanisms, at different scales of size, studied by different universities: all agree nature's designs are wonderful, but difficult to imitate.
February 16, 2014
Match the living thing with the technology being developed by imitating its design features.
Formation Flight Physics Mastered by Birds
January 16, 2014
Birds fly in that beautiful V formation for a reason, and it requires sophisticated abilities in high precision aerodynamics.
Biomimetics Stories Showcase Natural Designs
January 8, 2014
Evolution is no match for five enthusiastic reports of scientists rushing to imitate animal designs.
Engineering Designs Found Throughout the Biosphere
December 16, 2013
News from biomimetics is coming in so fast, there's only time for brief mentions in a growing list of living designs worth copying.