Design of Life Update: Marine Biology

March 10, 2017 in Amazing FactsDarwin and EvolutionEducationIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyMediaPhilosophy of Science

The animal stars of Illustra Media’s “Design of Life” documentaries are still in the news: this time, whales, dolphins, fish and sea turtles.

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Planning Your Next Revolutionary Invention

October 22, 2016 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBotanyCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionHealthHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyMind and BrainPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

To innovate something people will want, follow the leader: the Creator of living creatures.

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Hi-Tech Human Brain Better Than Thought

January 31, 2016 in Amazing FactsBible and TheologyHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMind and BrainPhilosophy of Science

The capacity of the human brain is stunning. We should use it more.

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Fossils Defy Slow, Gradual Deposition Over Long Ages

September 18, 2015 in Cell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDumb IdeasFossilsGeneticsMammalsMarine BiologyOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysics

What do a virus and a whale have in common? They didn’t fossilize slowly a long time ago.

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Applications from Nature

August 25, 2015 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBotanyCell BiologyHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

In this Biomimetics list, we start with the application, then tell you what organism inspired it.

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Animal Superheroes

July 29, 2015 in Amazing FactsAstronomyBiomimeticsBirdsDarwin and EvolutionDinosaursIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyPhysicsSolar SystemTerrestrial Zoology

Here are some animals, some common and some little-known, whose abilities astonish scientists.

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Convergent Evolution” Widespread at All Scales in Ocean

April 20, 2015 in BirdsDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDinosaursDumb IdeasFossilsMammalsMarine BiologyPhilosophy of ScienceTerrestrial Zoology

A study of marine tetrapods that “evolved” for ocean life shows “convergent evolution” rampant at all scales over “hundreds of millions of years.”

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Whale Secrets

March 6, 2015 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsDarwin and EvolutionIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine Biology

Whales possess some remarkable traits that are the envy of engineers, and the dismay of evolutionists.

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Mammals vs. Evolution

February 6, 2015 in Cell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasFossilsGeneticsIntelligent DesignMammals

Whether living or fossilized, mammals do not tell an evolutionary story.

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Monday Morning Design Cheer

December 8, 2014 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBirdsBotanyCell BiologyHealthHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyMind and BrainTerrestrial Zoology

Start your week with nuggets of good news about all the things inventors are learning from animals, plants, and the human body.

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Animals Overcome Limitations of Physics

October 16, 2014 in Amazing FactsBiomimeticsBotanyCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyMind and BrainPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

The limits of human engineering have been overcome by animals in surprising ways worth imitating.

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Fossil Whale Already Had Echolocation

March 13, 2014 in Darwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine Biology

Once again, a complex trait appears fully formed and functional in the fossil record.

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Chile Whale Fossil Site Explained

February 26, 2014 in Amazing FactsDating MethodsFossilsGeologyMammalsMarine Biology

At least 40 baleen whales and other species of marine mammals fossilized in a dry desert of Chile have been explained with a “toxic bloom” theory. Does it explain all the findings?

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Amazing Animals

January 18, 2014 in Amazing FactsIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyPhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

The capabilities of animals large and small continue to fascinate scientists and the public. Here are some recent findings.

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Genetic Convergent Evolution Strains Credibility

September 6, 2013 in Darwin and EvolutionGeneticsMammals

Convergent evolution” is the term given to similar designs that shouldn’t be related. Recent widespread examples threaten to make the term lose any coherence it might have had

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Weightlifters No Match for Insects

August 4, 2012 in Amazing FactsBirdsHuman BodyIntelligent DesignMammalsMarine BiologyTerrestrial Zoology

For Olympic season, here are more comparisons between human and animal capabilities.

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Biomimetics for Your Christmas Wish List

December 8, 2011 in Amazing FactsAwardsBiologyBiomimeticsBirdsBotanyCell BiologyDarwin and EvolutionHealthHuman BodyHumanityIntelligent DesignIssuesMammalsMarine BiologyMicrobiologyOriginsPhilosophy of SciencePhysical SciencePhysicsTerrestrial Zoology

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.

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