VIEW HEADLINES ONLY

Muscle Power Is Designed, Not Evolutionary

The wonder of muscle inspires both awe at its design and opportunities for evolutionary storytelling.

New Biomimetics Projects

These recently-reported attempts to mimic nature show that the biomimetics revolution continues, with no end in sight.

Brain Cells Have a Twist-Open Gate

The structure of an important potassium-ion gate in the membrane of brain cells has been found to open like a camera iris.

Quantum Secret of Photosynthesis Revealed

The magic of light capture by plants is so small and fast, its secrets are only now being understood.

Molecular Motors Put a Spring in Your Step

When you feel in spring in your step, thank tiny molecular motors in your muscles and tissues that make it possible.

Wonders of the Spliceosome Coming to Light

The more we learn about a vital molecular machine in the nucleus, the spliceosome, the more complex and important it seems.

Hear Ye! Directional Sound Enabled by Superfast Neurons

How can you tell where sounds come from? The brain is quicker than the speed of sound between your ears.

Depending on Source, Stem Cells Can Kill or Heal

Stem cells continue to show promise for dramatic healings, but reporters don't always clarify what lived or died to produce the cells. Adult stem cells inhabit all living humans; embryonic or fetal stem cells require a human death.

New Biomimetics Stories

Here are some new ways scientists are imitating plants and animals to understand their designs and make new products.

Human Cloning Is Back

If you thought work on human cloning and embryonic stem cell research went out of style with the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells, watch out. The pro-cloning people, who never lost their lust for toying with human embryos, are back.

Burning Plants Tell Seeds When to Germinate

Forest fire ash is not all useless. It contains signaling molecules that can switch on the next generation of plants.

Bug-Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio-Inspired Tech

Incredible advancements in technology are coming from the imitation of nature, but engineers cannot yet attain animal performance.

How Intricate Patterns Grow in Flowers, Feathers

How does a growing flower bud or feather follicle know where to put the intricate colors and patterns on a mature flower or feather? Scientists are beginning to get partial answers.

Biomimetics Roundup

Here's a quick rundown of news on new technologies emerging from the study of plants, animals, and cells.

What's New in the Primordial Soup?

The bubbling froth percolates with ideas about how life "emerged," each new notion trying to outdo the last in vacuity.
All Posts by Date