Monday Morning Design Cheer
December 8, 2014
Start your week with nuggets of good news about all the things inventors are learning from animals, plants, and the human body.
Biological Systems Provide Infinite Design Inspiration
November 11, 2014
It's not likely engineers and biologists will run out of inspiration from biology anytime soon. The source is infinite.
Birds Evolved Fast Except When They Evolved Slow
November 4, 2014
To make a dinosaur fly, you have to adjust the rate of evolution by orders of magnitude, and commit other scientific fallacies.
Animals Overcome Limitations of Physics
October 16, 2014
The limits of human engineering have been overcome by animals in surprising ways worth imitating.
Monarch Butterflies Do Not Have to Migrate
October 7, 2014
When 101 butterfly genomes were compared, there were surprises.
The Meek Control the Earth
September 6, 2014
How can such a small thing affect the geology and climate of the whole planet? Don't underestimate the power of small creatures.
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.
Entrepreneurs Find Gold in Nature
August 8, 2014
Inspiration for invention comes from everywhere in nature's engineering. At every level, there are designs worth imitating.
Secrets of Photosynthesis Coming to Light
July 21, 2014
"It's perhaps the most important biochemical process on Earth and scientists don't yet fully understand how it works."
Animal Physics: Shocking but True
July 14, 2014
Geckos cling with electricity, and electric fish have shocking genes – just samples of recent reports about how animals master laws of physics.
Wonders Under the Sea
July 9, 2014
Three ocean creatures have surprised scientists with new discoveries of previously-unknown capabilities.
Life Worth Imitating
July 7, 2014
The living treasure chest of biological designs opens wider each week, inspiring human engineers to improve human health and productivity.
New Amazing Animal Discoveries
June 25, 2014
From spiders to mammals, the living world never ceases to amaze us with new wonders. Some are inspiring new technologies.
Man Climbs Glass Like a Gecko
June 18, 2014
Bio-inspired technologies are starting to reach the market.
Sperm Cells Gain Respect
June 4, 2014
Millions of tadpole-like sperm cells rush to fertilize one egg. They deserve more respect than they often get.