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Biomimetics Still Trending Up

The imitation of nature's designs (biomimetics) is all the rage, and shows no sign of slowing down.

Whale Secrets

Whales possess some remarkable traits that are the envy of engineers, and the dismay of evolutionists.

Animal PhDs in Physics

Many animals and plants have mastered physics and chemistry. Engineers would do well to learn from them.

Biological Systems Provide Infinite Design Inspiration

It's not likely engineers and biologists will run out of inspiration from biology anytime soon. The source is infinite.

Wonders Under the Sea

Three ocean creatures have surprised scientists with new discoveries of previously-unknown capabilities.

Man Climbs Glass Like a Gecko

Bio-inspired technologies are starting to reach the market.

News for the Birds

Our human readers are allowed to peek in on these headlines for and about our feathered intellectuals.

Formation Flight Physics Mastered by Birds

Birds fly in that beautiful V formation for a reason, and it requires sophisticated abilities in high precision aerodynamics.

Make Like a Dog, Owl, or Beetle: How Biomimetics Will Improve Our Lives

The greatest breakthroughs in health and engineering may be as near as the back yard: 13 more stimulating stories from biomimetics.

Body Double: Your Body as a Template for Inventors

Your body contains a lot of things engineers would like to copy, and not just at the scale of C3P0-like humanoid robots.

From Wonders of Nature to Wonders of Technology

Living things have solved physics problems like design engineers. Inventors are just now catching on to their tricks in ways that could improve our technology, weaning us off our crude, polluting past and ushering in advanced technology that is not only greener but more effective. The latest stars are two insects and a bacterium.

Small Animals Astound, Inspire

Elephants and great whales impress us with their bulk, but there are smaller critters that are no less impressive.  Here are a few fantastic animals that come in very small packages. Bears in space:  Here’s an animal so bizarre, so well-armed, so scary looking, if you knew they were in your back yard you would […]

Hummingbird Tongue More Clever Than Thought

Humans sip their nectar by tipping a glass and slurping, but how can a hummingbird pull liquid out of flowers with a tongue alone?  Up until now, scientists thought that hummingbird tongues acted like capillary tubes.  New research with high-speed cameras show that the action is much more clever – so clever it might lead […]

Venom for Health

Remember when botulinum toxin, one of the most potent poisons known to man, entered medical science for good?  Now fashion models brag about how “botox” improved their good looks, and sufferers of excess sweating or migraines find relief with the neurotoxin.  The search for good in bad substances has not stopped; other venomous organisms, once […]

Animal Tricks Inspire

Here we are in the millennium of science, and we are still trying to figure out how animals do such nifty things.  Some of their nifty tricks we didn’t even know about till researchers took a look.  With high-tech monitoring tools, we might even learn the tricks for our own good. Owl fowl:  The flapping […]
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