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Spiders Play Silk Harps

Spider webs are so finely-tuned, they are like musical instruments that the creatures can strum or listen to.

Toy Octopus Is Far from the Living Reality

The news media are celebrating an autonomous soft robot shaped like an octopus. It has a lot to learn from its living counterpart.

Smart Scientists Borrow Natural Designs

Scientists and engineers are back in school, learning from the best teachers: plants and animals.

Your Supernatural Teeth

Aspects of human teeth appear over-designed for their function.

Re-inventing Transportation by Watching Animals

Here are 3 ways science is advancing through the imitation of nature.

Design Inspires Scientific Advances

When you see cutting-edge science in materials and methods, you are likely to read "Inspired by Nature."

Plastic Proteins and Turtle Skis

Here's news about the latest technologies coming out of biomimetics, the imitation of nature's designs.

Small Creatures Have Super Strength

The most amazing physical feats in nature are performed by some of the smallest organisms.

Nature Inspires Hi-Tech Design

Scientists and engineers continue the gold rush to imitate nature's solutions to problems.

Design in Tiny Fruit Flies

Among the smallest of flyers, these amazing insects pack incredible technology into a tiny package.

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.

Hair Makes You Bigger and Warmer

Scientists found that hair increases a beast's surface area by a factor of 100.

Inspiring Designs in Life

When scientists look closely at living designs, they think, Wow! That's cool! I wonder if we could copy that?

Scientific Progress Is Spelled "Bio-Inspiration"

Need fundamental insights into physics and technology? Look no further than the living world.

Insects Worth Respecting

Most six-legged creatures are small and we give them little notice. Here are surprises that entomologists are discovering in some very special insects.
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