Engineering Insights of Bugs, Geckos and Robots

Robert Full is a professor at the University of California-Berkeley. He studies cockroach legs and gecko feet. His research is helping build the perfect “distributed foot” for tomorrow’s robots, based on nature’s engineering.

In this video he describes the remarkable features of insect and animal legs, and shows you a robot built based on these same principles:


Perry Marshall

The Mathematics of DNA

Imagine that someone gives you a mystery novel with an entire page ripped out.page_ripped_out2

And let’s suppose someone else comes up with a computer program that reconstructs the missing page, by assembling sentences and paragraphs lifted from other places in the book.

Imagine that this computer program does such a beautiful job that most people can’t tell the page was ever missing.

DNA does that.

In the 1940’s, the eminent scientist Barbara McClintock damaged parts of the DNA in corn maize. To her amazement, Read more »

The New Atheism, Genesis 2 & Symbiogenesis

The New Atheism

“The New Atheism” has become especially loud and strident since September 11, 2001. Bestselling books like Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” and battles over evolution vs. design in school boards are front page news. It might even appear that 21st century atheism is an unstoppable force.

But there’s another side to the story. Read more »

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