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Beat the Competition with Natural Design

Want to engineer something right the first time and beat the competition? Find out how life does it.

Secrets of Photosynthesis Coming to Light

"It's perhaps the most important biochemical process on Earth and scientists don't yet fully understand how it works."

Life Worth Imitating

The living treasure chest of biological designs opens wider each week, inspiring human engineers to improve human health and productivity.

New Amazing Animal Discoveries

From spiders to mammals, the living world never ceases to amaze us with new wonders. Some are inspiring new technologies.

Man Climbs Glass Like a Gecko

Bio-inspired technologies are starting to reach the market.

Wonderful Lives

Biologists continue to find unexpected wonders in living things.

Even the Plants Have Eyes

How do plants steer toward the light? They have eyes the size of molecules.

Meteorites Shock Plant Material in Time Capsules

Bits of organic matter, leaves, and cells have been preserved in glass shocked by meteor impacts. Could they last millions of years?

Fossil Plant Soft Tissue Didn't Evolve

Original material in a fossil has been detected, this time from a leaf that is identical to modern leaves despite an alleged 50 million years.

Biomimetics Is All About Design Inspiration

Scientists wouldn't rush to design things after nature's examples if they weren't well designed.

Fossil Facts and Fantasies

The stories told about some fossils raise more questions than answers, even with top Darwin spin doctors in the operating room.

Parasites Can Help the Ecology

A parasitologist suggests that parasites don't just rob and steal; they usually do good as functional players in an ecosystem.

Turkeys Aren't Stupid

Turkeys that are inspiring homeland security technology are just one example of hot designs engineers are finding in the biosphere's treasure chest.

Flower in Amber Shows No Evolution

The details in a flower said to be 100 million years old look just like those in modern flowers.

Crude Oil in One Hour, Not Millions of Years

A slurry of algae with the right heat and pressure can produce crude oil in one hour.
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