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Inventions Inspired by Mother Nature's Designs

Biological solutions to physical challenges are inspiring new technologies.

Butterfly Cities and Spider Optics

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

Painted lady butterflies make an even more spectacular migration than the famous Monarchs, observers just found.

Lemur-fish, Vege-fang and other Fossil Follies

Fossils are doing just fine, but the scientists who interpret them are having a rough week (or century).

Animal Models for Technology

Animals and microbes continue to inspire technologies that could provide better health and security.

Evolution Funnies

Sometimes Darwinians are funny. They take themselves so seriously, applying natural selection to everything on earth except their own seriousness.

Zoo Celebrates Bio-Inspiration

The San Diego Zoo has a new Centre for Bioinspiration, promoting invention based on life's solutions to practical problems.

Unevolved Arthropods Found in Amber

The new record holders look identical to those alive today.

Adaptation by Design, Not Evolution

Evolution does little to explain amazing adaptations in animals and plants, but intelligent design is up to the task.

Ingenious Ants Can't Prevent Stupid Evolution Quotes

After praising the wisdom of the ant, a science writer reveals little of his own.

Epigenetics Leads the Genetics News

More and more studies are revealing systems that regulate DNA. Here are some recent samples.

Evidences for Evolution Examined

Recent news stories have claimed evidence for evolution. But has evolution been observed or assumed?

Inventors Covet Nature's Engineering

Scientists and entrepreneurs can't get enough of the design solutions found in the living world.

Brazil's Islands in the Sky Defy Evolution

Isolated table mountains with sheer cliffs in South America should be natural laboratories for evolution. Why aren't they?

Mt. St. Helens Renewal Slow, Steady

This is an eyewitness report of ecological renewal at the volcano that erupted 32 years ago.
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