Venus Flytrap Still Mystifies, Inspires
November 21, 2012
The Venus flytrap remains one of the most intriguing plants in the world. What makes it snap shut in a tenth of a second? Can we imitate its motion without muscles, wires or batteries?
C. S. Lewis's Views on Evolution, Scientism Clarified
November 20, 2012
A new book and video clarify the views of C. S. Lewis on science, scientism, and evolution.
Your Senses Awe Scientists
November 17, 2012
The ear, the eye, the nose, and the mind itself continue to display wondrous capabilities.
Find Is Like iPods in Ancient Rome
November 16, 2012
Discovering hafted spear points half a million years old is like finding iPods at a Roman archaeological site, a paleoanthropologist said.
Y's Guys Have a Marvel, Not Junk
November 13, 2012
The Y chromosome is making a comeback. It's not junk, it's an "evolutionary marvel."
Jellyfish for Your Health
November 12, 2012
Jellyfish have inspired a cancer cell search tool – just one of new products and services inspired by nature.
"Very Unreal and Fantastic": Electric Cables Created by Bacteria
November 10, 2012
Researchers discovered bacteria at the ocean floor that conduct electrons at distances more than a centimeter through elaborate cables.
The Creation of Evolutionism
November 6, 2012
A press release titled "The Evolution of Creationism" in a geology journal is just asking for a spoof.
Inventions Inspired by Mother Nature's Designs
November 2, 2012
Biological solutions to physical challenges are inspiring new technologies.
Archer Fish Amplifies Muscle with Physics
October 25, 2012
The secret of the archer fish’s powerful spits has been discovered, and it isn’t powerful muscles. The fish that shoots bugs out of the air uses physics, a paper in PLoS ONE declared. By letting physics amplify the momentum in the drop shot out of the water, the fish achieves six times the wallop its […]
Butterfly Cities and Spider Optics
October 22, 2012
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.
Shining Light on Dark Energy
October 21, 2012
Fifteen years after cosmologists proposed the existence of dark energy, they have learned nothing about it. In “Cosmology: Out of the Darkness,” Matthew Chalmers discussed the current thinking of Brian Schmidt, who shared the Nobel prize in 2011 for discovering cosmic acceleration (actually, an inference based on light from supernovae; see 9/30/2012). “Fifteen years after […]
Monarch Deposed by Painted Lady
October 19, 2012
Painted lady butterflies make an even more spectacular migration than the famous Monarchs, observers just found.
More Evidence Our Solar System Is Uniquely Suited for Life
October 16, 2012
With over 2,000 extrasolar planets found around nearly as many stars, there's still no place like home.
Weekend Grab Bag
October 14, 2012
Here are links to recent science findings and claims sure to stimulate thinking and further research.