Some of the most unexpected animals, many of them tiny, are capable of world-record feats.
Some recent work suggests it all happened at once in a sort of “chemical big bang.”
The laws of physics constrain what can happen, but not how it happens. Biological designs show expertise in the use of forces for function.
The adhesive properties of gecko toe pads, based on atomic van der Waals attraction, have been understood for years now.
If engineers could make something like a seed, it would be absolutely phenomenal. Then, imagine getting the object to last for thousands of years and still work.