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 […]
Biological Designs Worth Imitating
April 20, 2017
If these designs are so good that intelligent minds want to mimic them, who can believe they emerged by chance?
Surprising Animals Old and New
June 19, 2015
Moving creatures, whether extant or extinct, never cease to hold fascination for human observers.
The Parts List for Hearing
May 12, 2015
Want to hear what goes on when you hear sounds? Hair cells wave in the fluid, responding to specific frequencies, and hundreds of proteins go into action.
Animals Overcome Limitations of Physics
October 16, 2014
The limits of human engineering have been overcome by animals in surprising ways worth imitating.
Contenders for Mammal of the Month
July 28, 2014
Here are some furry friends that know how to impress scientists.
Fossil Whale Already Had Echolocation
March 13, 2014
Once again, a complex trait appears fully formed and functional in the fossil record.
Whale of a Batty Tale on Sonar Evolution
November 4, 2013
How did two animals completely different in size and ancestry, living in very different environments, arrive at the same complex sensing mechanism?
Genetic Convergent Evolution Strains Credibility
September 6, 2013
"Convergent evolution" is the term given to similar designs that shouldn't be related. Recent widespread examples threaten to make the term lose any coherence it might have had
December 10, 2011
Wonders under the sea highlight this roundup of recent geology news. Speaking of seas, the Dead Sea also made headlines, as well as data on the question of whether earthquakes are increasing.
Biomimetics for Your Christmas Wish List
December 8, 2011
Biomimetics (the imitation of nature) continues to promise cool gadgets and useful materials that will someday yield prized gifts under the tree. Some of them might even save your life.