How are scientists mimicking this ability in the design of new plastics?
DNA has been dubbed the “ultimate hard drive.” Learn why.
Domestic cats may devote 24 percent of their waking hours to grooming. What is the secret to their self-cleaning success?
Some aquatic mammals rely on a thick layer of blubber to stay warm. The sea otter uses a different method.
Why are scientists designing robots equipped with sensors that they call e-whiskers?
What is it about a dog’s sense of smell that has inspired scientists to try and copy its capabilities?
Why have engineers been unable to imitate its design?
Glue that mimics slug slime could become part of every surgeon’s tool kit, eliminating the need for stitches and staples.
How is it possible for an animal to “see” with anything other than its eyes?
What makes this fish so good at staying attached to other sea creatures?
How does the structure of the shark’s skin help it to remain parasite free?
It disgusts predators but intrigues scientists. Why?
What makes limpet teeth even stronger than spider silk?
What lies behind the flexibility of this marine animal’s skin?
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 shape and structure of seashells serve to protect the mollusks that live inside them.
Marine mussels anchor themselves by means of threads. Understanding how these work could help devise new and better ways of attaching equipment to buildings, or tendons to bones.
Engineers are trying to mimic this ability by creating clothing that would change color in a fraction of a second.
The animal creates its own light—but not to see or to be seen.
Engineers have developed a robotic arm with surprising capabilities based on it.
See how the mechanics of this giant animal’s flipper have influenced aspects of your life.
Why are shipping companies interested in its unique abilities?
Scientists are attempting to replicate these animals’ amazing ability to explore and understand their environment.
Learn astonishing facts about this reef-dwelling creature.
See why the seahorse’s unique tail is inspiring the next generation of robotics.
What can fish teach us about how to reduce car crashes?
How well can they clean up oil spills compared with modern technology?
How do these large seabirds survive an impact that may exceed 20 times the force of gravity?
How is the unfading color of bird feathers paving the way for better paints and fabrics?
The intricate structure of the owl’s wing could hold the key to quieter wind turbines.
By copying its design, airplane engineers saved 2 billion gallons of jet fuel in a single year.
What have marine biologists discovered about this bird’s feathers?
Find out how this bird can soar for hours on end without a single flap of its wings!
Learn about this bird’s eight-day journey, one of the most amazing migrations known to man.
Reptiles and Amphibians
How does this lizard draw water up its legs and into its mouth?
How can this lizard jump from a horizontal surface onto a vertical wall?
It can bite three times as hard as a lion or a tiger, yet is more sensitive than a human fingertip. How?
Why would an evolutionist say that a slow and progressive change in its biology is inconceivable?
What makes the skin of a snake durable enough to let it climb up rough tree trunks or burrow into abrasive sand?
How does such a small creature outfly even the most experienced pilots?
Ants avoid gridlock. What is their strategy?
What makes its strategy ideal for use in the guidance systems of flying robots?
What have bees known about the efficient use of space that mathematicians could not prove until 1999?
How can this insect carry a load that is many times its own body weight?
This tiny insect needs to keep itself clean in order to survive. How does it care for this basic task?
This insect is one of the most heat-tolerant animals known. What enables it to survive extreme temperatures?
The strange life cycle of these fascinating insects means that they appear for only a few weeks once every 13 or 17 years.
They are critical to the insect’s ability to make a powerful yet controlled jump.
With its simple ear, it can do something better than any other known animal.
How do swarming locusts avoid running into each other?
The surface of the Blue Morpho’s wing may look smooth but it has features that can be seen only with a microscope. What are they for?
Something more is involved than the dark color of some butterfly wings.
What is it about the cabbage white butterfly that has helped engineers to design better solar panels?
What can engineers and researchers learn from this unique beetle?
What visual navigation system does the dung beetle use? And what might humans be able to learn from it?
How has this tiny insect inspired scientists to make brighter LEDs, which are used in many electronic devices?
This tiny insect’s ears work in a way similar to that of human ears. How can research about this unique hearing system benefit modern-day science and engineering?
Have you ever wondered why the fly is so hard to catch? See what scientists have discovered.
These insects make turns similar to those made by fighter jets, but in a fraction of a second.
The house spider’s web is strong when it needs to be and weak when it needs to be. Examine how and why.
How does this spider calculate precise distance? Why do researchers want to copy its technique?
How do scientists hope to make use of the pomelo fruit’s ability to absorb impact?
This berry contains no blue pigment, yet it exhibits the most intense blue known in any plant. What is the secret behind its brilliant color?
Researchers found that a mustard plant showed a fascinating ability.