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  • Decline of monarch butterflies linked to modern agriculture

    The massive migration of monarch butterflies is amazing—the insects go from grazing on milkweed plants as caterpillars in the midwest to spending winters in Mexico. But Monarch populations have been on the decline for some time, with a variety of … Continue reading

  • Trending: Debating creation/evolution online

    The topic of creationism and evolution has long caused heated debates, and the conversation has found a new, more involved, battleground – social media. More than 170,000 people have shared a recent video which claims to “destroy” the case for … Continue reading

  • IBM’s Watson: Designed to Learn Like a Human

    by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. * On March 5, 2014, the IBM supercomputer “Watson” became a pioneer virtual chef, inadvertently showcasing the remarkably superior hardware and software found between our ears. This intelligent machine, named after IBM founder Thomas … Continue reading

  • Gecko-Footed Robot Fit For Outer Space

    By: Brian Thomas, M.S. Abigaille the robot can climb up smooth walls, but she leaves behind no residue, much like living geckos. Engineers at Simon Fraser University copied gecko design when they developed the robot’s tiny treads to navigate tight … Continue reading

  • Snail trail

    by David Catchpoole, Australia Creeping forward on a layer of goo, their tell-tale slimy pathway trailing behind them—the way snails move has long puzzled biologists. How is it that snails (and slugs) motor along on slime—the thicker the goo, the faster … Continue reading

  • 3-D Printing Is a Simplified Form of Biomimetics

    By David Coppedge One of the hottest industrial revolutions in progress is 3-D printing.  It can’t hold a candle, though, to biological materials construction. In a story on PhysOrg, Chad Henry of CSIRO proudly holds two large insect models he made with a … Continue reading

  • Raymond Damadian: b. 1936

    By David Coppedge On a given Sunday morning, in a small Bible Baptist church on Long Island, New York, sitting alongside his wife, you might find a quiet, unpretentious white-haired gentleman who changed the world.  Other than by his distinguished … Continue reading

  • Aerospace Engineer professes creation

    Robert Carter chats with Dr Dewey Hodges Dr Dewey Hodges has been a professor of aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta since 1986. A native of Tennessee, he received his M.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1973) degrees in aerospace … Continue reading

  • DVD makers copy mantis shrimp eye design

    by Jonathan Sarfati We have already reported on the amazing mantis shrimp,1 highlighting its powerful punch due to a catapult mechanism—it can accelerate up to 10,600 g (humans pass out at 10g). Its superb colour vision system includes 12 primary colour receptors—four … Continue reading

  • Toddler Beats Artificial Intelligence Computers

    By David Coppedge Artificial intelligence, despite decades of work, still cannot match some of the mental capabilities of a 3-year-old.  Computers have no common sense. “To create a robot with common sense, mimic a toddler,” says a story on New Scientist.  … Continue reading

  • Bug-Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio-Inspired Tech

    By David Coppedge Incredible advancements in technology are coming from the imitation of nature, but engineers cannot yet attain animal performance. Look like a bug:  “New Camera Inspired by Insect Eyes,” announced Science Now.  If you thought insects with their compound eyes … Continue reading

  • Lessons from locust wings

    by David Catchpoole The challenges confronting designers of small robotic aircraft are many. For example, fixed wings, like those used on passenger aircraft, become very inefficient in tiny robotic planes.1 So aeronautical engineers are looking at flapping wings as an alternative. Researchers … Continue reading

  • The Christian Leader in the Digital Age

    By Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. The Digital Age is upon us. In the span of less than three decades, we have redefined the way humans communicate, entertain, inform, research, create, and connect – and what we know now is only … Continue reading

  • Did Underwater Archaeologist Confirm Noah’s Flood?

    by Brian Thomas, M.S. Underwater archaeologist Robert Ballard claimed to have found evidence beneath the Black Sea that Noah’s Flood really occurred. Christians who only read headlines may count this as confirmation of the Bible. But whatever Ballard found should … Continue reading

  • Darwin Tree Visualization Tool Obscures More Than It Educates

    A new website helps visualize evolution.  But does it confirm or obfuscate the real world? OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer is a new web tool that lets viewers play a kind of “Google Earth” with Darwin’s “tree of life.”  Produced by … Continue reading

  • Butterfly Cities and Spider Optics

    Skycrapers of the future may shine in brilliant butterfly colors.  Optical biosensors may be made from spider webs.  These are just a few of the engineering marvels coming from biomimetics—the imitation of nature. Walls of butterfly light:  A press release from … Continue reading

  • Engineered Adaptability

    by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. Doctors, lawyers, and engineers. Engineers always seem to take third place in the list of esteemed professions. Exciting television programs feature skilled surgeons or smooth, well-dressed defense attorneys, but engineers are not primetime stars. … Continue reading

  • Not a Big Bang Machine

    by Jeff Miller, Ph.D. Newscasters often exaggerate in order to get people to read their stories. The more people read their stories, the more attention they get and the more money their news organizations make. An example of this exaggeration … Continue reading

  • Human Brain: “Enormous Biochemical Complexity”

    A new biochemical atlas finds consistency, complexity, and precision in the human brain. The Allen Institute for Brain Science has just published its Human Brain Atlas in Nature (Hawlyrycz et al., “An anatomically comprehensive atlas of the adult human brain transcriptome, Nature 489, 20 … Continue reading

  • Cheetahs Prosper with Rear-Wheel Drive

    Learn about how cheetahs accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds, and other wonders of the living world. Cheetah power:  The distribution of muscle fiber types in the rear legs and forelegs of the cheetah allows it to achieve … Continue reading

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