Sharks are amazing. When you bother to stop and really look at them, they're just flat out amazing creatures. Scientists, thankfully, are studying them ever more closely and are finding many ways in which these prehistoric fish
Geckos have been the inspiration for many biomimicry projects, from better glues to velcros. The way the critters are able to stick to surfaces is incredible, and researchers have worked to duplicate this on different levels.
A new robot takes inchworms as inspiration for navigating its way up trees of any type, texture or diameter. And the Treebot really does look like an inchworm as it finds a new hold on a tree's surface. Check out a video of the
We've seen chandeliers made from recycled bicycle parts and cultured crystal, but this imaginative take on fusing lighting and renewable energy generation must be the ultimate in solar-powered gadgets. Taking
Mario & Luigi Would be ProudSometimes, discovery is about putting things together in new ways. We know that mushrooms can be great at breaking down pollutants, and we know that disposable diapers are a huge problems, with
Biomimicry is a perfect area of study for researchers building robots, since animals, particularly insects, have such a wide variety of ways to get around. For caterpillars, that includes rolling up into a ball and flipping away
Fire ants are incredible survivalists, and that includes when they face floods. Researchers have been studying the behavior of fire ants to learn more about how they manage to live through a flood in their nest. Turns out, they
It's a bird... It's a plane... Wait, it's both
Mankind has long been fascinated with the idea of soaring through the sky like a bird, though oddly enough, many of the early flying contraptions were so bizarre as to seem plucked from thin air -- even
In a letter to the journal Science (subscription only, or see the letter republished with permission at WSUnews), associations representing over 40,000 scientists have proposed a resourceful solution to the less-big-government
It's no surprise that many bugs have excellent hearing thanks to finely honed antenna. Checking out the giant antenna on the tiny bug above, it seems no surprise that they can hear surprisingly well. In
Last time we checked in on Thomas Mallouk's work applying biomimicry to generate hydrogen, he was reporting about 0.3 percent efficiency. According to his projections, the proof-of-concept device for producing
Karl Chu knows he is a man way ahead of his time. It’s a time when, he posits, humans have transcended their bodies to exist on multiple planes, contribute to a global brain, and write apps with their genomes.
Cockroaches are amazing. No matter how disgusting you might think they are, they should be considered one of the 7 wonders of the living world, if there were such a thing. They've been an inspiration in