How Wood Is Made
March 5, 2021
Arboreal Artistry: The Amazing Talents of Wood Forming Cells By Margaret Helder As the major component of trees, wood seems useful and even beautiful in finished products, but scarcely biologically dramatic. Yet recent research on the development of wood portrays an elaborate ballet which proceeds inside young developing xylem cells. This performance culminates in […]
March 6, 2020
Nature had smart devices long before humans thought of making them. Here are a few that engineers envy.
Weekend Biomimetics Showcase
March 11, 2017
The focus in biology these days is on design. Here's evidence.
What Good Is a Hairball?
December 7, 2016
When you start looking for clues to good designs in nature, the results are everywhere.
Want a Wood-Plastic Bowl for Your Wood Stew?
June 6, 2016
Scientists are realizing that components of wood have many practical and healthful uses.
Why Is a New Theory of Coal Formation Needed?
January 22, 2016
When a new theory comes along, better examine why the old one needed replacing.
Scientific Progress Needs Design, Not Darwin
June 16, 2015
Numerous papers advancing scientific knowledge rely on design principles, not evolutionary notions.
Of Molecules and Men
September 27, 2014
Atoms and molecules are tiny but can have a big influence on the habitability of planets and astrobiologists' theories about them.
April 20, 2013
Here's a quick rundown of news on new technologies emerging from the study of plants, animals, and cells.
Wood You Cellulose for Starch?
April 17, 2013
Cellulose is the most abundant biomolecule, but how it's made still baffles scientists. Soon, though, you may be able to eat it.
Pristine Wood Found in Diamond Crater
September 19, 2012
A kimberlite crater in Canada, said to be 53 million years old, yielded exquisitely preserved unfossilized wood.
Adaptation by Design, Not Evolution
August 26, 2012
Evolution does little to explain amazing adaptations in animals and plants, but intelligent design is up to the task.