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Animals Can Be Smarter Than You Think

Here are four organisms with surprising mental powers.

Flowers Create 'Electric Landing Lights' for Bees

How do bees know which flowers to visit, and where on the flowers to land?

Invisible Subs and Other Tricks Inspired by Life

Working scientists seem less focused on evolution and more on design these days, figuring out how animals and plants do amazing things.

Monday Morning Design Cheer

Start your week with nuggets of good news about all the things inventors are learning from animals, plants, and the human body.

Lower Animals: "Lower" Does Not Mean "Simpler"

Here are a few "lower" animals worth knowing about. They reveal astonishing design throughout the living world, but little support for evolution.

Biomimetics Quiz

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

Overcoming Natural Evil with Good

Things that bite and sting are not always 100% harmful. Maybe some of our categories of natural evil are due to ignorance.

Bee Brain Shows Design Matters Over Size

Honeybees can be trained to grasp conceptual relationships, new experiments show, demonstrating that it's not just brain size that governs ability.

Reverse Engineer Living Solutions

Need solutions to practical engineering problems? Save time and effort; see how animals and plants do it.

Do Honeycombs Just Happen, or Do Bees Design Them?

The idea that honeycombs in beehives self-assemble is as old as Darwin. A new study claims to reinforce the idea, yet honeybees are not just bystanders in the process.
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