They appear in the early Cambrian fossil record: the first examples of the most diverse phylum on earth. Who knew their skills would become the envy of human engineers?
The word “biomimetics” entered the dictionary in 1974. In the 45 years since, scientists have found design inspiration in everything biological from molecules to mammals.
Walnut shells are found to create 3-D puzzles with tissues that even toothy squirrels can’t easily crack.
So-called “fairy circles” yielded to a natural explanation, according to a research team: they are abandoned termite mounds. Now, however, another natural theory is rising.
We need to overcome the natural fright reaction and see what we can learn from our eight-legged neighbors on the planet.