The Best Science Imitates Nature
March 4, 2019
Biomimetics has everything science desires: inspiration, motivation, understanding, and application. What’s not to like about biomimetics? It’s amazing. It’s interesting. Kids can like it. Parents can steer kids into careers in science with it. It’s usually ethical and non-controversial. And we can all benefit from the discoveries that are leading to applied understanding that comes […]
Hagfish Haunts Darwin
January 24, 2019
A zombie hagfish rises from the dead, and scares Darwin from two directions.
The Best Science Follows the Designs in Nature
December 3, 2018
The most fruitful kind of research seeks to understand nature's workings, and when appropriate, imitate it.
Nature Knows Best
June 13, 2018
Recent news articles show how engineers and inventors are helping mankind by imitating what plants, cells and animals do every day. A new kind of vaccine based on spider silk (Science Daily). Because spider silk is tough and yet biodegradable, it can be used as a delivery capsule for vaccines that might otherwise be resisted […]
Marvelous un-Darwinian Mammals
June 7, 2018
Some familiar and unfamiliar mammals share their secrets of extreme adaptation and survival.
City Trees Give More in Ecosystem Services Than They Cost
March 25, 2018
City planners need to plant more trees in urban areas, but the benefits go beyond beautifying pavement. Urban areas occupy 4% of the land surface of the planet, says Theodore A. Endreny in a Comment article in Nature Communications. That may strike readers as surprising, given most people’s attention to cities for work, travel and […]
Trends in Biomimetics: Copying Irreducible Complexity
March 3, 2018
Not everything in nature can be copied effectively for human engineering. Why? Nature is sometimes too good.
Bat Designs Tainted by Batty Evolution Stories
February 12, 2018
When learning about well-designed flyers like bats, is it helpful to speculate about how Darwinian evolution invented the traits by chance? Drink Up, Boys In previous news, we learned how dogs drink using “acceleration-driven open pumping” (15 Dec 2015). There’s a method in that mad slurping: to lift water from the bowl, your dog employs […]
Make Like a Snake
January 16, 2018
Here are a few more examples illustrating why the imitation of nature is one of the hottest trends in science.
Human Body Wonders to Amaze Their Inhabitants
December 9, 2017
There's more going on under your skin than you can possibly comprehend.
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.
Weekend Biomimetics Parade
August 20, 2016
Here's a quick list of exciting news about how imitation of nature's designs is leading to wonderful inventions.
Evolution Is Not a Designer
May 25, 2016
From Richard Dawkins to new prizewinning engineers, scientists get natural selection all wrong.
Intelligent Design Is Leading Biology's Golden Age
January 12, 2016
Look at a natural design. Seek to understand it. Seek to imitate it. Biology advances.
December 14, 2015
Here's what's hot in the trendy science of making things the way nature does it.