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Design in Tiny Fruit Flies

Among the smallest of flyers, these amazing insects pack incredible technology into a tiny package.

How Animals Keep Warm in Freezing Wetness

We shiver to think of going without heavy coats in snow, but snowshoe hares, gophers and birds look perfectly comfortable. What's their secret?

Invisible Subs and Other Tricks Inspired by Life

Working scientists seem less focused on evolution and more on design these days, figuring out how animals and plants do amazing things.

Animal Engineers Teach Physics Profs a Thing or Three

Three animals never went to the university, but they leave human PhDs struggling to catch up to their know-how.

Hair Makes You Bigger and Warmer

Scientists found that hair increases a beast's surface area by a factor of 100.

Inspiring Designs in Life

When scientists look closely at living designs, they think, Wow! That's cool! I wonder if we could copy that?

Scientific Progress Is Spelled "Bio-Inspiration"

Need fundamental insights into physics and technology? Look no further than the living world.

Talk the Walk

Upright walking—that distinctive human form of locomotion—is more complex than putting one foot in front of the other. Let's talk the walk.

Applications from Nature

In this Biomimetics list, we start with the application, then tell you what organism inspired it.

Evolutionary Enigmas

Neo-Darwinism is at war with the observations, and the observations might just win.

Animal Superheroes

Here are some animals, some common and some little-known, whose abilities astonish scientists.

Four-Footed Snake?

The fossil "transitional form" is not what reporters are making it out to be.

Creatures Worth Knowing and Imitating

Studies of animals and cells reveal designs in nature we can appreciate and imitate.

Tiny Organisms Control the World

An unexpected source that regulates global climate is found among the smallest of living things.

Natural Light Shows Dazzle Scientists

Here are some news stories from diverse fields of science, related only by the phenomenon of light.
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