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Inventions Inspired by Mother Nature's Designs

Biological solutions to physical challenges are inspiring new technologies.

Archer Fish Amplifies Muscle with Physics

The secret of the archer fish’s powerful spits has been discovered, and it isn’t powerful muscles. The fish that shoots bugs out of the air uses physics, a paper in PLoS ONE declared.  By letting physics amplify the momentum in the drop shot out of the water, the fish achieves six times the wallop its […]

Butterfly Cities and Spider Optics

Skycrapers of the future may shine in brilliant butterfly colors. Optical biosensors may be made from spider webs. These are just a few of the engineering marvels coming from biomimetics—the imitation of nature.

Monarch Deposed by Painted Lady

Painted lady butterflies make an even more spectacular migration than the famous Monarchs, observers just found.

More Evidence Our Solar System Is Uniquely Suited for Life

With over 2,000 extrasolar planets found around nearly as many stars, there's still no place like home.

Weekend Grab Bag

Here are links to recent science findings and claims sure to stimulate thinking and further research.

Pregnancy Protects the Unborn from Immune Attacks

The mother's immune system learns how to protect the embryo instead of attacking it as foreign material.

Animal Models for Technology

Animals and microbes continue to inspire technologies that could provide better health and security.

Nature: 3.8 Billion Years of R&D

Scientists continue mining the biomimicry bonanza, but some still give all the credit to time and evolution.

Children Act Like Scientists

Toddlers express the basic aspects of scientific thinking: finding cause and effect by the experimental method.

Why Exercise Builds Muscle

You have stem cells alongside your muscles that provide a ready pool of new muscle cells.

Human Brain: "Enormous Biochemical Complexity"

A new biochemical atlas finds consistency, complexity, and precision in the human brain.

Pristine Wood Found in Diamond Crater

A kimberlite crater in Canada, said to be 53 million years old, yielded exquisitely preserved unfossilized wood.

Bob Ballard Throws Out Textbooks for a Living

An interview with oceanographer Bob Ballard shows him taking glee at proving the scientific consensus wrong.

Jerusalem Cistern Found from First Temple Era

A huge cistern near the Temple Mount has been found that was part of Solomon's Temple complex.
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