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Mighty Mite and Spider Gymnast: Arachnids Inspire Scientists

We have a new land speed record. You'd have to run 1300 mph to keep up with this critter at its scale.

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.

Sticking Evolution to a Stick Insect Fossil

A fossil of a mature stick insect was found in China. What's evolution got to do with it?

Imaginary Feathers Found on American Dinosaur

Once again, imaginary feathers have been discovered on a "bird-like" dinosaur, this time from the Dakotas.

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.

Exceptional Beauty and Design in Animals

Here are four animals, some you probably never heard of, that deserve design awards for art and technology.

Biomimetics Quiz

Match the living thing with the technology being developed by imitating its design features.

Tree Crocodiles and Other Surprising Animals

Scientists have a lot to learn about living animals before presuming to speak of long-lost extinct ones.

Darwin Day Came and Went

Except among certain special-interest groups, Darwin Day seems to have been a non-event, but one Darwinist won an award for Censor of the Year.

Fishy Tales About Tetrapod Origins

It's a stretch for mutation and selection to make a fish crawl out onto land with four digitized limbs, to say nothing of lungs and a new body plan.

Strange Animals and Stranger Facts About Them

The world is decorated with an astonishing diversity of animals. Here are some new discoveries about a few of them.

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.

Amazing Animals

The capabilities of animals large and small continue to fascinate scientists and the public. Here are some recent findings.

Pain: Evolution or Curse?

It doesn't take much "evolution" to create a toxin, or to switch on or amplify the pain response. Are these good things gone bad?
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