Make Like a Dog, Owl, or Beetle: How Biomimetics Will Improve Our Lives
November 30, 2012
The greatest breakthroughs in health and engineering may be as near as the back yard: 13 more stimulating stories from biomimetics.
Adult Stem Cell Breakthroughs Continue
November 28, 2012
Adult stem cells continue to show promise as more about these pluripotent cells comes to light.
Proteins Conduct Electricity
November 25, 2012
A remarkable finding at the single-molecule level shows a protein can conduct a large amount of electricity.
Venus Flytrap Still Mystifies, Inspires
November 21, 2012
The Venus flytrap remains one of the most intriguing plants in the world. What makes it snap shut in a tenth of a second? Can we imitate its motion without muscles, wires or batteries?
Even for Quantum Particles, Time Flows One Way
November 19, 2012
Claims of time symmetry at the quantum level have been discounted by a high-reliability experiment by the Department of Energy.
Your Senses Awe Scientists
November 17, 2012
The ear, the eye, the nose, and the mind itself continue to display wondrous capabilities.
Jellyfish for Your Health
November 12, 2012
Jellyfish have inspired a cancer cell search tool – just one of new products and services inspired by nature.
"Very Unreal and Fantastic": Electric Cables Created by Bacteria
November 10, 2012
Researchers discovered bacteria at the ocean floor that conduct electrons at distances more than a centimeter through elaborate cables.
Inventions Inspired by Mother Nature's Designs
November 2, 2012
Biological solutions to physical challenges are inspiring new technologies.
Archer Fish Amplifies Muscle with Physics
October 25, 2012
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
October 22, 2012
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
October 19, 2012
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
October 16, 2012
With over 2,000 extrasolar planets found around nearly as many stars, there's still no place like home.
Weekend Grab Bag
October 14, 2012
Here are links to recent science findings and claims sure to stimulate thinking and further research.
Pregnancy Protects the Unborn from Immune Attacks
October 10, 2012
The mother's immune system learns how to protect the embryo instead of attacking it as foreign material.