Cell processes are quick and efficient. They can even solve geometry problems in the dark without eyes or brains.
If organisms resulted from haphazard undirected processes, their design constraints would be few and highly flexible.
Systems biology is taking the biological world by storm, an approach that treats biological systems as optimally or near-optimally engineered systems.
The comforting old assumption seems more hollow by the day. The “gathering revolt” has arrived.
If you’ve ever watched ants busily tunneling in an ant farm, you may have noticed that the intricate finished product rarely collapses. Why is that?