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Was It Designed?

Natural Systems

Nature’s Energy Management​—Was It Designed?

Does the built-in energy management found in nature indicate anything about the origin of life?

Light From Life​—Was It Designed?

Not only do some animals emit light but they do so in a more energy-efficent way than man-made sources of light. How?

Land Animals

The Arctic Ground Squirrel’s Brain​—Was It Designed?

See its unique ability to regenerate after hibernation.

The Dog’s Sense of Smell—Was It Designed?

What is it about a dog’s sense of smell that has inspired scientists to try and copy its capabilities?

The Slug’s Adhesive Slime

Glue that mimics slug slime could become part of every surgeon’s tool kit, eliminating the need for stitches and staples.

Aquatic Life

The Shark’s Skin​—Was It Designed?

How does the structure of the shark’s skin help it to remain parasite free?

The Dive of the Cuvier’s Beaked Whale​—Was It Designed?

These air-breathing mammals dive to great depths and hold their breath for long periods of time. How do they do it?

The Pilot Whale’s Self-Cleaning Skin—Was It Designed?

Why are shipping companies interested in its unique abilities?

The Structure of the Limpet’s Teeth

What makes limpet teeth even stronger than spider silk?

The Glue of the Barnacle

The barnacles’ glue is said to be far superior to any synthetic products. But how barnacles adhere to wet surfaces remained a mystery until recently.

The Seahorse’s Tail

See why the seahorse’s unique tail is inspiring the next generation of robotics.


Bird Colors That Never Fade

How is the unfading color of bird feathers paving the way for better paints and fabrics?

The Owl’s Wing

The intricate structure of the owl’s wing could hold the key to quieter wind turbines.


The Bumblebee’s Flight Control​—Was It Designed?

How does such a small creature outfly even the most experienced pilots?

How Do Ants Avoid Traffic Jams?

Ants avoid gridlock. What is their strategy?

The Carpenter Ant’s Antenna Cleaner

This tiny insect needs to keep itself clean in order to survive. How does it care for this basic task?

The Monarch Butterfly’s Migration​—Was It Designed?

Does the amazingly complex migration of the monarch butterfly show evidence of design?

The V-Shaped Pose of the Cabbage White Butterfly—Was It Designed?

What is it about the cabbage white butterfly that has helped engineers to design better solar panels?