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ID the Future Podcasting on Intelligent Design and Evolution
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Intricate Optimized Insect Designs – via Evolution?

Episode
1335
Guests
Andrew McDiarmid
Duration
00:12:18
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On this episode of ID the Future, host Andrew McDiarmid draws on an essay at Evolution News & Science Today to explore some intricate optimized insect designs that are inspiring human engineers and raise the question, could evolution have done that? Cicadas and dragonflies use an exquisitely engineered “bed of nails” on their wings to disarm and neutralize bacteria. Butterflies and bird feathers also use this trick. There are fruit flies that have multiple navigation systems, complete with error correction for hard turns. And the sea skater insect is able to walk on water and launch itself explosively thanks to an impressive combination of engineering marvels. Did evolution really bring all those design factors together? Or was something else required — intelligence and foresight?

Andrew McDiarmid

Media Relations and Assistant to the Director
Andrew McDiarmid is Media Relations Specialist and Assistant to CSC Director Stephen C. Meyer. He holds an MA in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University and a BA in English - Creative Writing from the University of Washington. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, AOL, Evolution News & Views, Scots Magazine, History Scotland Magazine, and other publications. In addition to his roles at the Discovery Institute, he is a freelance writer/editor and manages the Scottish culture website SimplyScottish.com.
Tags
antibiotics
Bacteria
biomimetics
Butterflies
cicadas
foresight
fruit flies
Intelligent Design
sea skaters
stem cells