Biomimicry

These fine filaments can funnel light from fluorescent nanoparticles, acting just like a teeny optical fiber.
Shi En Kim, Contributor
Researchers make tiny disks that can propel themselves without external power.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
The insects adorn their hives with animal feces to fend off giant hornet attacks.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
New single-pixel device borrows materials from solar cells to replicate the behavior of a biological retina as part of its fundamental design.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Researchers say the morphing wings and tail of their robotic flyer allow it to soar at low speeds and make sharp maneuvers.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Green spectrum light can actually damage plants.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Like biological brains, artificial neural networks may depend on slow-wave sleep for learning.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Someday, such supports could allow meat in the lab to grow from tiny hamburger-nuggets into something more like steak.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The glue cements the moth’s wing scales together like a wall of bricks.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Combine sand, gelatin and bacteria, let them rest, and watch one brick turn into eight.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
A mechanical predator could stress an invasive species of freshwater fish to the point that they may reproduce less.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
By mimicking the structure of mother-of-pearl, scientists have made a glass that's less likely to shatter when hit.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor