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Nature Knows Best

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

Some familiar and unfamiliar mammals share their secrets of extreme adaptation and survival.

City Trees Give More in Ecosystem Services Than They Cost

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

Not everything in nature can be copied effectively for human engineering. Why? Nature is sometimes too good.

Bat Designs Tainted by Batty Evolution Stories

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

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

There's more going on under your skin than you can possibly comprehend.

Small Wonders: Arthropods With Superpowers

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

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

From Richard Dawkins to new prizewinning engineers, scientists get natural selection all wrong.

Intelligent Design Is Leading Biology's Golden Age

Look at a natural design. Seek to understand it. Seek to imitate it. Biology advances.

Biomimetics Line-Up

Here's what's hot in the trendy science of making things the way nature does it.

Animal Engineers Teach Physics Profs a Thing or Three

Three animals never went to the university, but they leave human PhDs struggling to catch up to their know-how.

Finding Value in Waste

There's something beautiful about transforming disgusting castoffs into products that are useful, valuable, and healthful.

Horned Dinosaurs Had Better Teeth than Mammals

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