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Fun With Biomimetics

Here are new things we're learning from plants and animals, where nature is the engineering professor.

Smart Mammal Tricks

Take any animal group. The closer you look, the more interesting things get. Check out four mammals.

Heart Mountain Slide Levitated on Gas

The world's largest landslide moved a mountain range 31 miles on a cushion of carbon dioxide, geologists say.

First Rosetta Science Results Are Surprising

The first suite of science papers from the Rosetta mission has been published, giving new insights about comets.

How to Respect a Crow

They're black and noisy, but the more you learn about crows, the more you will appreciate them—or at least respect them as you shoo them from your scarecrow.

Double Trouble for Cosmology

Two developments are converging to threaten the standard big bang model of the universe's origin.

More Cosmic Fine-Tuning Found

The Anthropic Principle refuses to go away. The mass of the light quark adds to finely tuned factors that make the universe life-supporting.

Animals Come Pre-Equipped With Machinery

Guidance systems, compasses, switchboards, motors, robotic machines: we're talking about systems inside animals—and you.

Humans' Groovy Language Brain

More features are discovered that set humans apart from apes.

Densely-Packed Dinosaur Raptor Bones Found

A stunning matrix of densely-packed bones from multiple carnivorous dinosaurs has been found in a big block of Utah sandstone.

Music Is a Human Thing

Many animals make sounds; birds and whales can sing; but there's nothing to compare with the human brain's capacity for music.

Is Animal Play Just an Evolutionary Survival Mechanism?

Yes, your dog enjoys play, say biologists, and so do birds, dolphins and many other kinds of animals. How did "having fun" evolve?

Overqualified Mammals

Here are some mammals with capabilities that exceed the requirements of mere survival.

Storm Surge Carries Huge Boulders

A typhoon carried 180-ton rocks 150 feet up a beach—the largest transport recorded in recent times.

Birds Go Splat on Evolutionary Theories

A flock of surprising traits of birds has dropped a load on simplistic notions of evolution.
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