Depths of Design: Seductive Optics and Skeuomorphic Intelligence
The effort to mirror objects in the world in our artistic creations reaches back into prehistory.
Monkeys, Not Humans, Likely Made Ancient Brazilian Tools
The stone objects, dated from 50,000 years ago, look like the ones made by capuchin monkeys today.
Prior Fitness for Life: The Problem of Boron
The atomic element boron is essential for life, but how do you get it from stars to plants and animals?
What if Our Muscles Were Less Powerful?
As every medical student comes to learn when first dissecting the human body at medical school, our limbs are almost entirely composed of muscles.
How Man Became the Fire-Maker
Being terrestrial is one obvious requirement. No fully aquatic species could master fire and thus develop metallurgy.