A simple trick used by fireflies turned out to dramatically increase the light output of a test bulb designed by Belgian physicist Jean-Pol Vigneron.
Mother-of-pearl, or nacre, is not only a beautiful substance for jewelry and ceramics; it is a remarkable material.
As the biomimetics movement accelerates, scientists keep providing more and more examples of intelligent design in organisms great and small.
The kingfisher bird has to dive after fish rapidly without busting its beak. Japanese scientists looked into the physics of this, and redesigned the noses of their bullet trains.
It often seems that the closer you need to look, the greater the wonder. It’s as if someone set it there to hide, waiting for us.