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Why Just Five Digits on Tetrapod Limbs?

Two family members each possessing an extra digit on each limb find that having a sixth finger is beneficial and useful.

The Best Science Imitates Nature

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 […]

The Best Science Follows the Designs in Nature

The most fruitful kind of research seeks to understand nature's workings, and when appropriate, imitate it.

Latest Bio-Inspired Technologies Will Improve Life

The world will be a better, more sustainable place if we can imitate how nature handles and organizes its materials.

Biomimetics Parade Marches Upward

Scientists continue to find amazing things about animals and plants that they wish to imitate in technology.

Trends in Biomimetics: Copying Irreducible Complexity

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

Make Like a Snake

Here are a few more examples illustrating why the imitation of nature is one of the hottest trends in science.

Well-Adapted Underwater Animals that Defy Evolution

A wide variety of organisms spend all or part of their time under the surface of water, having just the equipment they need to thrive.

Biomimetics Continues Its Enthusiastic Winning Streak

If science continues its focus on natural designs, everyone stands to benefit.

This Is Your Brain on Intelligent Design

Your brain comes with amazing capabilities. It won't look like a fried egg unless you abuse it.

Guessing Game: Name the Organism that Inspired This Discovery

Here's a quick brain teaser. Can you guess which biological organism inspired the scientific advance? Answers and sources provided.

Biological Designs Worth Imitating

If these designs are so good that intelligent minds want to mimic them, who can believe they emerged by chance?

Weekend Biomimetics Showcase

The focus in biology these days is on design. Here's evidence.

Big Science Loves ID – Sometimes

Despite institutional rejection of intelligent design, researchers are attracted to ID when it can make money, make them famous, or advance understanding of nature.

Year-End Biomimetics Parade

What better way to end the year than a celebration of biomimetics, where fun and useful science never ends thanks to nature's inspiring designs?
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