University of Washington’s Georg Seelig wants to “design molecules” and “write genetic information.”
Sponges are outliers in biology’s big bang, the Cambrian explosion. Their embryos appear in Precambrian strata, leading some to consider them primitive.
Synthetic organic chemist James Tour, of Rice University, has shown the folly of NASA scientists and others in a number of videos.
In 1901, divers brought up from an ancient shipwreck the first part of the Antikythera mechanism made by Greek inventors.
Mother-of-pearl, or nacre, is not only a beautiful substance for jewelry and ceramics; it is a remarkable material.