Humans Need Most of the Bugs in the World
August 27, 2017
A few bad ones give bugs an undeserved bad rap. We couldn't exist without insects.
Multiple Independent Animal Types Use Structural Color
August 24, 2017
The phenomenon is found in butterflies, fish, birds, and snakes, and scientists are rushing to imitate their secrets.
Small Wonders: Arthropods With Superpowers
May 4, 2017
Robot designers know that making things big is easy, but making them small is hard. How do you pack a multitude of capabilities in a tiny space? Consider these little guys.
Biological Designs Worth Imitating
April 20, 2017
If these designs are so good that intelligent minds want to mimic them, who can believe they emerged by chance?
Forcing Contrary Data into Evolution Stories
May 21, 2016
Some recent findings might raise the eyebrows of perceptive readers: "How does that support evolution?"
Plastic Proteins and Turtle Skis
April 18, 2016
Here's news about the latest technologies coming out of biomimetics, the imitation of nature's designs.
Weird Animals You Never Heard Of
March 3, 2016
Welcome to a menagerie of believe-it-or-not creatures that once inhabited our planet (or still do).
Insects that Defy Darwin
February 3, 2016
Stasis and convergence are not what Darwin had in mind, but that's what new fossils show.
Hair Makes You Bigger and Warmer
November 15, 2015
Scientists found that hair increases a beast's surface area by a factor of 100.
Surprising Animals Old and New
June 19, 2015
Moving creatures, whether extant or extinct, never cease to hold fascination for human observers.
Biological Systems Provide Infinite Design Inspiration
November 11, 2014
It's not likely engineers and biologists will run out of inspiration from biology anytime soon. The source is infinite.
Monarch Butterflies Do Not Have to Migrate
October 7, 2014
When 101 butterfly genomes were compared, there were surprises.
Entrepreneurs Find Gold in Nature
August 8, 2014
Inspiration for invention comes from everywhere in nature's engineering. At every level, there are designs worth imitating.
Lower Animals: "Lower" Does Not Mean "Simpler"
August 1, 2014
Here are a few "lower" animals worth knowing about. They reveal astonishing design throughout the living world, but little support for evolution.
Animal Physics: Shocking but True
July 14, 2014
Geckos cling with electricity, and electric fish have shocking genes – just samples of recent reports about how animals master laws of physics.