The ingenious inventions found in insects summon us to ask: How did these small organisms get them?
The planthopper bug has gears in its legs that permit it to jump what in human terms would be like vaulting the length of two football fields at one go.
Scientists in London filled a flight tunnel with thousands of tiny soap bubbles to reveal the motions of air as the owl flies through them.
Certainly, there is no logical reason why life should be wedded to the transcendental value of beauty.
Among other design inspirations, the “ultimate non-stick coating” developed at McMaster University is based on the lotus leaf.