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Biological Designs Worth Imitating

If these designs are so good that intelligent minds want to mimic them, who can believe they emerged by chance?

Forcing Contrary Data into Evolution Stories

Some recent findings might raise the eyebrows of perceptive readers: "How does that support evolution?"

Plastic Proteins and Turtle Skis

Here's news about the latest technologies coming out of biomimetics, the imitation of nature's designs.

Weird Animals You Never Heard Of

Welcome to a menagerie of believe-it-or-not creatures that once inhabited our planet (or still do).

Insects that Defy Darwin

Stasis and convergence are not what Darwin had in mind, but that's what new fossils show.

Hair Makes You Bigger and Warmer

Scientists found that hair increases a beast's surface area by a factor of 100.

Surprising Animals Old and New

Moving creatures, whether extant or extinct, never cease to hold fascination for human observers.

Biological Systems Provide Infinite Design Inspiration

It's not likely engineers and biologists will run out of inspiration from biology anytime soon. The source is infinite.

Monarch Butterflies Do Not Have to Migrate

When 101 butterfly genomes were compared, there were surprises.

Entrepreneurs Find Gold in Nature

Inspiration for invention comes from everywhere in nature's engineering. At every level, there are designs worth imitating.

Lower Animals: "Lower" Does Not Mean "Simpler"

Here are a few "lower" animals worth knowing about. They reveal astonishing design throughout the living world, but little support for evolution.

Animal Physics: Shocking but True

Geckos cling with electricity, and electric fish have shocking genes – just samples of recent reports about how animals master laws of physics.

New Amazing Animal Discoveries

From spiders to mammals, the living world never ceases to amaze us with new wonders. Some are inspiring new technologies.

Evolution Is Rapid Except When It Is Static

A new living fossil and others that must have changed rapidly or not at all are described in recent news.

Sticking Evolution to a Stick Insect Fossil

A fossil of a mature stick insect was found in China. What's evolution got to do with it?

Exceptional Beauty and Design in Animals

Here are four animals, some you probably never heard of, that deserve design awards for art and technology.

Look Up, Look Down at Natural Design

Swimmers, flyers, and things that just sit in the sun are the envy of bioengineers.

Take Up Insect Watching

Insects are among the most diverse animals on the planet, many possessing extraordinary abilities. Here are some kinds worth watching.

Butterfly Mimics Don't Evolve; They Share

A non-evolutionary explanation has been found for a classic evolutionary showpiece: mimicry in butterflies.

From Wonders of Nature to Wonders of Technology

Living things have solved physics problems like design engineers. Inventors are just now catching on to their tricks in ways that could improve our technology, weaning us off our crude, polluting past and ushering in advanced technology that is not only greener but more effective. The latest stars are two insects and a bacterium.

Biomimetics for Your Christmas Wish List

Biomimetics (the imitation of nature) continues to promise cool gadgets and useful materials that will someday yield prized gifts under the tree. Some of them might even save your life.

Butterfly Swarm Buries Darwin

Billions of butterflies, flashing their gossamer wings with brilliant colors, have swarmed over Darwin, leaving him unable to breathe. Figuratively, that is. Illustra Media’s new documentary Metamorphosis, just released on Blu-Ray last week, leaves little room for Darwin’s theory, while making a powerful case for intelligent design. The film is already being hailed as a masterpiece.