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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?

Surprising Animals Old and New

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

The Parts List for Hearing

Want to hear what goes on when you hear sounds? Hair cells wave in the fluid, responding to specific frequencies, and hundreds of proteins go into action.

Animals Overcome Limitations of Physics

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

Contenders for Mammal of the Month

Here are some furry friends that know how to impress scientists.

Fossil Whale Already Had Echolocation

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

Whale of a Batty Tale on Sonar Evolution

How did two animals completely different in size and ancestry, living in very different environments, arrive at the same complex sensing mechanism?

Genetic Convergent Evolution Strains Credibility

"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

Geology Roundup

Wonders under the sea highlight this roundup of recent geology news. Speaking of seas, the Dead Sea also made headlines, as well as data on the question of whether earthquakes are increasing.

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.