Zebras: It’s in the Stripes

Zebras: It’s in the Stripes

Turns out, zebras don’t like being bitten by horseflies (who does, really?) The pattern on zebras (the alternating black and white stripes) creates a multi-directional array of polarized light, decreasing the attractiveness to horseflies, which prefer linear polarized light.   read more

Cockroach Improves Search-and-Rescue Robots

Cockroach Improves Search-and-Rescue Robots

Of all the species found in nature that are inspiring new engineering designs, one would not immediately think of the cockroach as a particularly inspiring animal.   read more

The Answer, My Friend

The Answer, My Friend

Pop Quiz: What’s invisible, odorless, an unlimited natural resource, and sometimes taken for granted…even cursed upon?   read more

Seeds Make the World Go Round

Seeds Make the World Go Round

Every day I get blown away by certain characteristics of plants. There is no lack of drama or intrigue here.   read more

Biomimicry: Nature Deals with Fire

Biomimicry: Nature Deals with Fire

Fire is destructive, yet it does serve a purpose. It clears vegetation, produces nutrients, and opens up light to the forest floor.   read more