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Animal Superheroes

Here are some animals, some common and some little-known, whose abilities astonish scientists.

Creatures Worth Knowing and Imitating

Studies of animals and cells reveal designs in nature we can appreciate and imitate.

Horned Dinosaurs Had Better Teeth than Mammals

Triceratops and its buddies carried around fine sets of self-sharpening steak knives (to eat plants).

Gecko Gripper Picks Up Anything

The gecko gripper is just one of many exciting developments in the field of biomimetics: the imitation of nature's designs.

Skin Is Repaired by Zipper Mechanism

The details of wound repair and prevention are coming to light.

Biomimetics Still Trending Up

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

Beat the Competition with Natural Design

Want to engineer something right the first time and beat the competition? Find out how life does it.

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.

Three More Ways to Benefit from Nature's Designs

Three completely different biological mechanisms, at different scales of size, studied by different universities: all agree nature's designs are wonderful, but difficult to imitate.

Biomimetics Quiz

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

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.

Biomimetics Stories Showcase Natural Designs

Evolution is no match for five enthusiastic reports of scientists rushing to imitate animal designs.

Engineering Designs Found Throughout the Biosphere

News from biomimetics is coming in so fast, there's only time for brief mentions in a growing list of living designs worth copying.

Look Up, Look Down at Natural Design

Swimmers, flyers, and things that just sit in the sun are the envy of bioengineers.
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