Reasons to Believe

Life Design

  • Biology Continues to Inspire New Technology

    Someone in an uncomfortable situation is often referred to as “a fish out of water.” Conversely, people who swim well are referred to as fish. Either way, almost all land animals struggle … more

  • Are Jellyfish Taking Over the Oceans?

    You might have seen- Fox News, Gelatinous menace? Jellyfish on boom-bust cycle worldwide, Jan 2, 2013; more

  • Thank God for Sand

    Like the air we breathe, sand is taken for granted yet it is life-essential. It is everywhere and abundant. There are about as many grains of sand on Earth as there are stars in the universe.

    Sand … more

  • Cockatoos Make Rakes, Other Tools

    You might have seen- Yahoo! News, Clever Cockatoo Invents Tools to Reach Food, Nov 6, 2012; more

  • Rats Teleconferencing with Humans

    You might have seen- Yahoo! News, Rats Control Human Avatars, Nov 1, 2012; more

  • Why So Many Species?

    Only in the last year have ecologists determined a reliable count of the total number of species on Earth. For eukaryotic species—organisms with a membrane-bound nucleus—the estimate is … more

  • A Reason We “Otter” Give Thanks

    Who doesn’t enjoy watching sea otters at play? Whether frolicking freely in the waters near Monterey, CA, or entertaining aquarium visitors worldwide, otters fascinate and delight us with their … more

  • Hyenas and Humans Live in Harmony

    You might have seen- BBC News, Large numbers of hyenas and humans coexist, study finds, Oct 24, 2012; more

  • Is Earth Running Out of Plants?

    You might have seen- Yahoo! News, Will Earth Run Out of Plants?, Sep 21, 2012; more

  • Sea Otters as Global Warming Fighters

    Prized for their fur and once hunted to near-extinction, sea otters’ comeback may herald not only a boon for conservationists but also a partial solution to global warming. Denizens of the … more

  • Cloning Woolly Mammoths Like Jurassic Park?

    You might have seen- Yahoo! News, Mammoth fragments from Siberia raise cloning hopes, Sep 11, 2012; more

  • TNRTB Classic: Imitating Nature

    As a frequent reader of scientific literature, I often come across articles highlighting the innovations derived from biological organisms. The growing discipline of biomimetics testifies to this … more

  • Nature’s Inspired Designs

    The following will briefly describe three new examples. The fact that Earth’s life provides insights and innovations for scientists and engineers to build more advanced devices fits more … more