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Reverse Engineer Living Solutions

Need solutions to practical engineering problems? Save time and effort; see how animals and plants do it.

Understanding Jumping by Leaps and Bounds: Geared Insect and Leaping Plant

Two clever examples of leaping have been found in the living world, adding to the catalog of clever ways life gets around.

More Reasons to Love Plants

For food, for visual pleasure, and for the health of the whole planet, plants are worth loving and learning about.

Tiger in Oil and Other Surprising Fossils

Deposits in North and South America reveal a rich diversity of mammals discovered by oil workers, some fossils in the oil.

Shocking Facts About Electric Life

Talk about power plants: did you know plants use electricity? Some fish, also, can navigate or stun their prey using electrical organs.

What's a Hairy Wood Ant Good For?

A humble, rare ant might help humans learn how to communicate better with networks. It's just one of many ways nature is inspiring technology that approaches perfection.

Fearsome-Looking Terror Bird May Have Been Vegan

You can't judge a book by it's cover. In the same way, you can't assume a large extinct bird with a huge beak was a terror-raising predator.

Grand Canyon Demoted by New Discovery

A canyon longer than Grand Canyon has been discovered under the ice of Greenland. Scientists are surprised that it has persisted through the ice ages.

Stem Cell Science Can Proceed Ethically

With adult and induced pluripotent stem cells in abundance, it should not be necessary to destroy human embryos to understand stem cell science.

Secrets of Sight

The number of processes involved in eyesight continues to grow, adding more focus and clarity to the miracle of vision.

Discovering Mammals, Dead and Alive

Two mammal discoveries made the news this week: a cuddly one and a fossil. Do they tell evolutionary tales?

Invisible Influence of Plants Coming to Light

The air is filled with substances we barely notice – molecules produced by plants – but they have profound effects on climate and ecology.

More Reasons to Imitate Living Designs

The gold rush is on! Designs in the living world are inspiring technologies that are superior to old fashioned human ingenuity, and environmentally friendly, too.

Well, Duh; Adam and Eve Were Contemporaries

New genetic studies confirm the existence of a "Y-Chromosome Adam" and "Mitochondrial Eve" but, contrary to earlier analyses, place them in the same time frame.

More Evidence for Epigenetic Controls on Genetics

Epigenetics has become a hot topic in biology. There are players "above DNA"– some heritable – that may be more important than the genetic code itself.
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