New Engineering Ideas from Biology
The 2023 Conference on Engineering in Living Systems, organized by the CSC’s Engineering Research Group, is set for June 1-3 in Denton, Texas.
How Octopuses Got So Smart? “Junk DNA”
Jumping genes used to be dismissed as junk DNA which in turn was held to be slam-dunk evidence for unguided evolutionary processes.
By Design — How Pearls Get Their Luster
The highly valued optical properties of pearls come from sophisticated processes of biomineralization involving proteins and crystals.
Bioethicists: Insects Are People, Too!
We have even seen one professor declare the supposed personhood of peas. Now, it is insects’ turn at being anthropomorphized.
No, We Are Not “Beasts”
Maxim Loskutoff recounts the time he and his girlfriend were threatened by a grizzly bear while hiking in Montana.