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Why Just Five Digits on Tetrapod Limbs?

Two family members each possessing an extra digit on each limb find that having a sixth finger is beneficial and useful.

Mammals With Super Senses

These mammals are very different from each other except in how they put human technology to shame. Bats Bats have an ambulance in their ears (Virginia Tech). Echolocating bats have a challenge. They need to be able to follow moths through foliage by sound alone. While they dart through bushes and trees after their prey, […]

Designed Selection Is Not Evolution

When you insert mindful choice or programmed choice into a process, Darwinism disappears.

Super Designs in Amazing Animals, Part I

Animals of all kinds, sizes and shapes have mastered physical principles in astonishing ways.

The Best Science Imitates Nature

Biomimetics has everything science desires: inspiration, motivation, understanding, and application. What’s not to like about biomimetics? It’s amazing. It’s interesting. Kids can like it. Parents can steer kids into careers in science with it. It’s usually ethical and non-controversial. And we can all benefit from the discoveries that are leading to applied understanding that comes […]

Good Biology Without Natural Selection

Excellent biological research that produces understanding and application can ignore natural selection completely.

More Good Science from Nature

The natural world contains endless examples of intelligent design that can inspire scientists with wonder and inspiration.

The Best Science Follows the Designs in Nature

The most fruitful kind of research seeks to understand nature's workings, and when appropriate, imitate it.

Latest Bio-Inspired Technologies Will Improve Life

The world will be a better, more sustainable place if we can imitate how nature handles and organizes its materials.

The Best Science Follows Design

Sir Francis Bacon emphasized that you will know good science by its fruits. Here are good examples of fruitful research that took inspiration from nature's designs.

Will Everything Come Up Roses in War-torn Afghanistan?

Need some good news for a change? Some Afghan farmers are finding better profits growing roses than growing opium poppies.

Spiders Fly with Electricity

Scientists have known about spider "ballooning" for a long time, but only recently have they determined that spiders use electricity to fly.

Nature Knows Best

Recent news articles show how engineers and inventors are helping mankind by imitating what plants, cells and animals do every day. A new kind of vaccine based on spider silk (Science Daily). Because spider silk is tough and yet biodegradable, it can be used as a delivery capsule for vaccines that might otherwise be resisted […]

More Reasons to Imitate Biology

Recent articles about Biomimetics show that the field is still going strong.

This Plant Beats the Venus Flytrap for Speed

The waterwheel plant, an aquatic species with a snap-trap faster than the Venus flytrap, is different enough to challenge evolutionary speculations.
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