Bumblebees Pack Aerodynamic Sophistication into One Gram
November 28, 2020
Bumblebees seem self-aware of their dimensions so that they can navigate tight spaces during flight.
Un-crushable Beetle Surprises Scientists
October 27, 2020
A beetle that lives under tree bark can withstand crushing forces 39,000 times its body weight. It’s called the “diabolical ironclad beetle” and scientists are intrigued. Live Science tells about its lifestyle. Ironclad beetles (Phloeodes diabolicus) measure about 0.6 to 1 inch (15 to 25 millimeters) in length, and are found in woodland habitats in […]
Bumblebees Are Misnamed
February 6, 2020
They don't bumble. They use efficient techniques to get the most bang of weightlifting for the buck of wing flaps.
The Non-Evolution of Birds
April 10, 2019
Dr James F. Coppedge tells an example of a bird whose all-or-nothing migration cannot be explained by evolution.
The Best Science Imitates Nature
March 4, 2019
Biomimetics has everything science desires: inspiration, motivation, understanding, and application.
Earwig Origami and Maple Seed Rockets
March 28, 2018
Engineering solutions from unlikely organisms inspire applications for wide-ranging human needs.
Darwin Report Card, continued: How Useful Is Evolutionary Theory?
February 7, 2018
Darwinism is useful in one demonstrable way: it keeps thousands of biologists employed in the business of evidence-free speculation.
Make Like a Snake
January 16, 2018
Here are a few more examples illustrating why the imitation of nature is one of the hottest trends in science.
Animal Engineers Teach Physics Profs a Thing or Three
November 19, 2015
Three animals never went to the university, but they leave human PhDs struggling to catch up to their know-how.
Feathered Velociraptor? Untangling the Spin
July 20, 2015
Discoverers admit this could be a flightless bird. That's not the only problem.
Real Feathers Found on Imaginary Dinosaur
July 24, 2014
We've reported "imaginary feathers" on dinosaurs over the years, but this new fossil bird could fly.
Turkeys Aren't Stupid
January 26, 2014
Turkeys that are inspiring homeland security technology are just one example of hot designs engineers are finding in the biosphere's treasure chest.
Can Biomimetics Shed Light on Evolution?
October 17, 2011
Biomimetics is part science and part engineering. The scientific part is to observe and understand the structure and function of a living thing. The engineering part is to apply that science into useful products. Science news articles today are claiming that a biomimetic flying machine modeled on insects is shedding light on evolution. Such a claim deserves some scrutiny.