Super Designs in Amazing Animals, Part 2
May 17, 2019
Organisms of all kinds, sizes and shapes have mastered physical principles in astonishing ways. Here are more examples.
Super Designs in Amazing Animals, Part I
May 16, 2019
Animals of all kinds, sizes and shapes have mastered physical principles in astonishing ways.
Spiders Play Silk Harps
September 7, 2016
Spider webs are so finely-tuned, they are like musical instruments that the creatures can strum or listen to.
Weekend Biomimetics Parade
August 20, 2016
Here's a quick list of exciting news about how imitation of nature's designs is leading to wonderful inventions.
Smart Scientists Borrow Natural Designs
August 3, 2016
Scientists and engineers are back in school, learning from the best teachers: plants and animals.
Secret Animal Hideouts
January 20, 2016
Small animals can hide out in secret places, even in your own home.
Invisible Subs and Other Tricks Inspired by Life
November 21, 2015
Working scientists seem less focused on evolution and more on design these days, figuring out how animals and plants do amazing things.
Creatures Worth Knowing and Imitating
July 21, 2015
Studies of animals and cells reveal designs in nature we can appreciate and imitate.
Gecko Gripper Picks Up Anything
May 30, 2015
The gecko gripper is just one of many exciting developments in the field of biomimetics: the imitation of nature's designs.
Surprises in Evolutionary Tales
August 24, 2014
From spiders to crocodiles, animals rarely evolved the way they should have.
Entrepreneurs Find Gold in Nature
August 8, 2014
Inspiration for invention comes from everywhere in nature's engineering. At every level, there are designs worth imitating.
Lower Animals: "Lower" Does Not Mean "Simpler"
August 1, 2014
Here are a few "lower" animals worth knowing about. They reveal astonishing design throughout the living world, but little support for evolution.
New Amazing Animal Discoveries
June 25, 2014
From spiders to mammals, the living world never ceases to amaze us with new wonders. Some are inspiring new technologies.
Make Like a Dog, Owl, or Beetle: How Biomimetics Will Improve Our Lives
November 30, 2012
The greatest breakthroughs in health and engineering may be as near as the back yard: 13 more stimulating stories from biomimetics.
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.