SCIENCE Jellies or sponges? No, not the kitchen items—the animals. Maybe you haven’t been debating that last issue for decades, but evolutionary biologists have. Now one group says they’ve got an answer: It’s the jellies. For now. (Popular Science) Where are the jellies on the Tree of Life? Where are the sponges? Discussion Ideas A new study supports the placement of ctenophores, or comb jellies, … Continue reading Suck It, Sponges. Jellies Were the First Animals to Evolve.
TECHNOLOGY The latest tiny robot may not be sleek or stylish, but it’s certainly a departure from the usual flying robot design. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to understand how nature can inspire engineers—a process called biomimicry. Discussion Ideas What is a vortex, or vortex ring? What do vortices have to do with how a jelly moves? Read the middle section of the Nat … Continue reading Tiny Drone Flies Like a Jellyfish