Classical Physics Is Non-Deterministic
February 26, 2015
It's not just quantum mechanics that's weird. Reality—no matter the scientific foundation—is weird, too.
Astronomers Missed Half the Visible Universe
November 10, 2014
Dark matter is still a mystery, but meanwhile, half of the real stars in the universe have been hiding in plain sight.
The Miller Experiment Is Dead; Long Live the Miller Experiment
September 12, 2014
The image of Stanley Miller pondering his spark-discharge apparatus is too valuable an icon to toss on the trash heap of history.
Choosing to Believe in Free Will
June 22, 2014
Free will matters to children. It had better exist.
Jewish Radio Host Takes on Atheist Cosmologist
November 19, 2013
A popular radio talk show host held his own against a PhD cosmologist who argues the universe came from nothing.
Quantum Secret of Photosynthesis Revealed
June 22, 2013
The magic of light capture by plants is so small and fast, its secrets are only now being understood.
Life Uses Quantum Mechanics
September 25, 2012
Long before man discovered quantum mechanics, birds and other living creatures were using it to good advantage.
Follow the Leader: Nature
June 21, 2011
Ever since biomimetics (the imitation of nature) gradually emerged around 2002 and really took off in 2005, it has not slowed down. Over 90 previous entries in these pages have reported teams all over the world seeking out natural designs for ideas. The reports have accelerated in recent years to the point where there is only space for short summaries that give a taste of the wide variety of engineering work taking inspiration from plants, animals, and even cells. You yourself might inspire some inventor. Here are a few more highlights from recent adventures in biomimetics.