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The glue cements the moth’s wing scales together like a wall of bricks.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Picture shows what looks like a model bridge made of compressed sand grains, sitting on a lab table, next to beakers full of green liquid.

Combine sand, gelatin and bacteria, let them rest, and watch one brick turn into eight.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Image shows a robotic fish mid-frame, with three mosquitofish swimming nearby.

A mechanical predator could stress an invasive species of freshwater fish to the point that they may reproduce less.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

By mimicking the structure of mother-of-pearl, scientists have made a glass that's less likely to shatter when hit.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Insect hearing systems are inspiring new microphone designs that can better identify the direction a sound comes from.

Bailey Bedford, Contributor

This image shows two oblong, clear pill capsules, one open and one closed, with multiple dome-shaped drug delivery devices inside one pill and on the table in front of the other.

Pill uses a dissolving spring-loaded needle to spare people with diabetes from normal injections.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

A closer look at cat tongues helps explain why the animals' grooming is so effective and may inspire new brushes -- for pets and humans.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Observation could improve filtration systems and boost conservation efforts.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

New study reveals the complex strategies crab spiders use to soar on streamers of silk.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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