Image of the Day: Enamel Repair
Image of the Day: Enamel Repair
Scientists engineered a new material that could be developed for use in treating tooth decay.
Image of the Day: Enamel Repair
Image of the Day: Enamel Repair

Scientists engineered a new material that could be developed for use in treating tooth decay.

Scientists engineered a new material that could be developed for use in treating tooth decay.

biomimicry
Eel-bot
Eel-bot
The Scientist Staff | Sep 26, 2018
University of California, San Diego, graduate student Caleb Christianson explains the development of his eel-inspired robot.
Image of the Day: Cocoon
Image of the Day: Cocoon
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 23, 2018
Researchers have taken inspiration from wild silk moths to craft fibers that can transport images.
The Biggest DNA Origami Structures Yet
The Biggest DNA Origami Structures Yet
Abby Olena | Dec 6, 2017
Three new strategies for using DNA to generate large, self-assembling shapes create everything from a nanoscale teddy bear to a nanoscale Mona Lisa.
Image of the Day: Deep Sea Fangs
Image of the Day: Deep Sea Fangs
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2017
Scientists are taking a close look at fish skeletons for inspiration to solve engineering problems. 
Meet the Transgenic Silkworms That Are Spinning Out Spider Silk
Meet the Transgenic Silkworms That Are Spinning Out Spider Silk
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers explore genetic engineering to produce super-tough fibers.
Will Komodo Dragons Yield the Next Blockbuster Antibiotic?
Will Komodo Dragons Yield the Next Blockbuster Antibiotic?
Jef Akst | May 1, 2017
The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.
New Gecko-Inspired Adhesive
New Gecko-Inspired Adhesive
Jef Akst | Apr 6, 2016
Flexible patches of silicone that stick to skin and conduct electricity could serve as the basis for a new, reusable electrode for medical applications.
Mimicry Muses
Mimicry Muses
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2015
The animal world is full of clever solutions to bioengineering challenges.
Inspired by Nature
Inspired by Nature
Daniel Cossins | Aug 1, 2015
Researchers are borrowing designs from the natural world to advance biomedicine.
RoboSpleen
RoboSpleen
The Scientist Staff | Jul 31, 2015
Witness a bioinspired device developed by researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute to treat sepsis.
Mollusk Mockup
Mollusk Mockup
Molly Sharlach | Feb 1, 2015
Researchers develop a “micro-scallop” meant to glide through biological fluids by opening and closing a pair of silicone shells.
Shell Games
Shell Games
Molly Sharlach | Jan 31, 2015
See how scallop locomotion informed the design of a microscopic robot that could one day navigate our circulatory systems.
Sonic Experiment
Sonic Experiment
Jef Akst | Jan 29, 2015
An artist takes advantage of muscle-mimicking polymers to manipulate sounds.
Shrimp-Inspired Cancer Camera
Shrimp-Inspired Cancer Camera
Bob Grant | Oct 6, 2014
Researchers have developed a tumor imaging device based upon the visual system of a crustacean.
Squid-Inspired Electric Elastomer
Squid-Inspired Electric Elastomer
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 17, 2014
Polymer changes color and texture in response to remote signals. 
Obscured Like an Octopus
Obscured Like an Octopus
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 20, 2014
Cephalopod skin inspires engineers to design sheets of adaptive camouflage sensors. 
Organelle Architecture
Organelle Architecture
Mary Beth Aberlin | Dec 1, 2013
There’s beauty in a cell’s marriage of structure and function.
Flu Fights Dirty
Hayley Dunning | Sep 1, 2012
Mimicking a host-cell histone protein offers flu a sneaky tactic to suppress immune response.
Cephalopod-Inspired Robot
Jef Akst | Aug 17, 2012
A color-changing machine mimics the rubbery body and flexible movements of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish.