How to Charge Your Smartphone on a Grill
September 14, 2022
It can be done, but there are certain other requirements that are not likely to happen naturally.
Molecular Machines Labor 24×7 Every Day
September 5, 2022
It's Labor Day in America, but the molecular motors in your body never take a holiday break.
More Good Science from Nature
December 4, 2018
The natural world contains endless examples of intelligent design that can inspire scientists with wonder and inspiration.
More Reasons to Imitate Biology
May 25, 2018
Recent articles about Biomimetics show that the field is still going strong.
Molecular Machines Show Same Design Principles as Big Machines
May 4, 2018
Life needs molecular machines before natural selection can even be considered as a possible Darwinian explanation for them.
Animals Come Pre-Equipped With Machinery
January 14, 2015
Guidance systems, compasses, switchboards, motors, robotic machines: we're talking about systems inside animals—and you.
Cell Biologists Use Machine Language
October 23, 2014
This is a golden age of discovery about molecular machines, but the metaphor may be moving from machinery to information processing.
Body Wonders at the Cellular Level
September 10, 2014
If we kept track of all the nano-scopic processes that keep us alive, we would be giga-astonished.
Cell's Molecular Machines Arouse Fascination
August 9, 2014
With increasing image quality at their disposal, biologists are finding amazing molecular machines at work in living cells.
Virus Motors Show Mechanical Design
May 30, 2014
A virus efficiently packs its DNA into its capsule with a powerful molecular motor working against repulsive forces.
Mighty Mitochondria Conduct Energy Exquisitely
October 7, 2011
None of us could live without mitochondria. These are the power centers ubiquitous in eukaryotic cells. They contain molecular machines in factories whose jobs are to generate and conduct electrical currents. The currents run turbines that packetize the energy in molecules of ATP, which are then used by most processes in the cell. New discoveries continue to fascinate scientists with how mitochondria work. Some scientists use their energy to find ways Darwinian evolution could build the machinery of life.
Cell Operations Amaze, Inspire
July 16, 2011
A student's view of a cell under a light microscope is misleading. It reveals only a tiny fraction of what is really going on. Within that package of life, invisible to the student's gaze, complex machines work together in cellular factories. Signals pass back and forth in complex networks. Libraries of code are transcribed and […]