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Jumping spiders mimic ants to defy predators

July 13, 2017

Humans aren’t the only actors on the planet. To avoid being eaten, the ant-mimicking jumping spider pretends to…
Scientists for the first time observed Batesian mimicry in plants

June 17, 2016

Some animals and especially insects try mocking other species to look unattractive for predators. Looking scary or poisonous…
New Study Reveals What’s Behind a Tarantula’s Blue Hue

December 2, 2015

Scientists recently discovered that tiny, multilayer nanostructures inside a tarantula’s hair are responsible for its vibrant color. The…
A Sticky Breakthrough

November 25, 2015

In an important step toward creating a practical underwater glue, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have designed a…
3-D-printed ‘soft’ robotic tentacle displays new level of agility

October 26, 2015

Cornell University engineers have developed a method to re-create the arrangement of muscles of an octopus tentacle, using…
Bioinspired Soft Materials Center blurs boundaries between the animate and inanimate

October 21, 2015

Multidisciplinary collaboration key to developing new materials that can mimic the movement of living things. Scientists at the…
Eliminating entanglements

August 14, 2015

Medical implants mimic the softness of human tissue by mixing liquids such oil with long silicone polymers to…
Going Chameleon: What a New Material that Changes Color as it Moves Means for Humans

July 19, 2015

We’ve all probably experienced a moment when we envied a chameleon’s ability to blend into the background—say, after…
Deceptive flowers

July 14, 2015

Some pollinators not only provide fertilization services for flowering plants, they also lay their eggs on the plants’…
Actuators that mimic ice plants

June 30, 2015

Engineers developing moveable robot components may soon take advantage of a trick plants use. Researchers at the Max…
Heartbeat on a chip could improve pharmaceutical tests

June 17, 2015

A gravity-powered chip that can mimic a human heartbeat outside the body could advance pharmaceutical testing and open…
Riddle of mimicry of unpalatable butterfly

April 13, 2015

University of Tokyo researchers have revealed the whole genome sequences of two swallowtail butterflies Papilio polytes, the females…
Update: Supergene allows butterflies to mimic toxic relatives

March 10, 2014

Female swallowtail butterflies in the genus Papilio are known for sexual dimorphism, traits that make males and females different, and…
Tough, light and strong: Lessons from nature could lead to the creation of new materials

February 15, 2013

In a sweeping review of the field of bio-inspired engineering and biomimicry in the Feb. 15 issue of…
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