Animals and plants keep giving scientists and engineers ideas for biomimetic designs. Sometimes observing the organisms is just plain fun.
Whales are held up as a model of what unguided evolution can do in a short time: in this case, just 8 million years, or perhaps even half that.
Considering several recent papers shows that eliminating evolutionary words and concepts simplifies and improves scientific explanations.
The second paper is an in-depth look at genetic changes associated with the evolution of whales and dolphins. They found a lot of devolution.
It’s safe to say that human intimacy, at its best, surpasses that of any animal, even the most intelligent.