The Art of Imitation: 5 Common Materials That Borrow from Nature

The vibrant blue of an eastern bluebird’s feathers is more than just a pretty color.  Researchers at ETH Zurich have recently developed a material that replicates the nanostructure responsible for this stunning hue, opening up new possibilities for practical applications1. This is just one example of how nature’s designs are inspiring cutting-edge materials science research.  … Read more

13 Crystals with Potentially Dangerous Properties

Crystals have captivated humans for centuries with their beauty and purported metaphysical properties. While many swear by their healing energies, it’s crucial to recognize that some crystals can be hazardous. Whether due to toxicity, radioactivity, or other harmful properties, certain crystals should be handled with caution. Here are 13 of the most dangerous crystals you … Read more