One of the classic arguments against evolution by natural selection is
good is half an X?"
where X is an eye, a wing or some other complex
body part or system. Directly responding to the implicit challenge some researchers
not just figuring out how X could have
, but actually evolving
). The basic ideas
simple that web
) have been popping
Biomimetics: Design by Nature.
"Burs on a dog's coat led to the invention of Velcro. That's an example of biomimetics
—the young science of adapting designs from nature
to solve modern problems. Now it may be coming of age."
Peter Watts on Vampire Domestication (embedded Flash video, must click to start).
The mythical corporation FizerPharm ("Trust. Profit. Deniability.") share their detailed research into the evolution and possible commercial applications of Homo sapiens whedonum.
You will learn: How and why the "crucifix glitch" came about. Why you should run from a blushing vampire. How many kilograms of human are needed to make one kilogram of vampire. How vampires resemble two year old humans, domestic shorthaired cats, and lungfish. And why "survival of the fittest" should be reconceptualized as "survival of the least inadequate". [more inside]