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Finding Inspiration in Shark Tanks and Bee Hives

Finding Inspiration in Shark Tanks and Bee Hives | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
A growing number of companies are turning to Mother Nature--or biomimicry--as a source of innovation.
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Carbon3D Unveils Breakthrough CLIP 3D Printing Technology, 25-100X Faster

Carbon3D Unveils Breakthrough CLIP 3D Printing Technology, 25-100X Faster | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
In what may be one of the biggest stories we have covered this year, a new company, Carbon3D has just emerged out of stealth mode, unveiling an entirely new bre
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How PepsiCo aims to close the loop on recycling

How PepsiCo aims to close the loop on recycling | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
Companies are shifting strategies to better engage consumers when it comes to keeping their products out of landfills.
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Sustainable Solutions: Water in the Walls

Sustainable Solutions: Water in the Walls | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
People who study ecological design understand the importance of thermal mass for keeping places cool in the summer and warm in the winter. As water issues continue to plague many parts of the planet, the notion of rainwater harvesting beco...
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Stealing from nature: Incredible new tech inspired by biology

Stealing from nature: Incredible new tech inspired by biology | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
When the body comes under attack by flu, dendritic cells rush to the site of infection and identify the alien forms attacking it. Millions raise the alarm and the immune system is fired into action.

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▶ How Wolves Change Rivers - YouTube

Visit http://sustainableman.org/ to explore the world of sustainability. For more from George Monbiot, visit http://www.monbiot.com/ and for more on "rewildi...
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L'Homme peut-il s'adapter à lui-même ? - Biomimesis

L'Homme peut-il s'adapter à lui-même ? - Biomimesis | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
En présence de la ministre de l'écologie, des scientifiques, des philosophes et des politiques répondent à la question:L'Homme peut-il s'adapter à lui-même?
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Cities that Function Like Forests: Biomimicry Maps a Sustainable Future | Esri Video

Cities that Function Like Forests: Biomimicry Maps a Sustainable Future | Esri Video | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
Janine Benyus, biologist, innovation consultant, author of six books, and co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8 gives an inspiring keynote address on how cities…
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Biomimicry Inspires Squid-like Building - Green Building Elements

Biomimicry Inspires Squid-like Building - Green Building Elements | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
The Biotic-Tech Skyscraper City uses biomimicry and is inspired by squid, using transparency, flexibility, movement and protective pigmentation.

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Logical Circuits Created With Slime Molds | I Fucking Love Science

Logical Circuits Created With Slime Molds | I Fucking Love Science | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
What is your current computer made of? Aluminum? Silicon? Plastic? Perhaps the slime mold Physarum polycephalum? If that last one isn’t true for you now, there’s a chance it will be in the future.
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Sustainable Floating Cities Designed for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Sustainable Floating Cities Designed for a Post-Apocalyptic World | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
Global climate change and predictions of large floods and natural disasters are leading to the design of self-sustaining floating cities.
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Aspiring to Improve the World by Crafting a Career in Sustainable Design, Part 3: Learning from Nature

Aspiring to Improve the World by Crafting a Career in Sustainable Design, Part 3: Learning from Nature | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
In this three-part mini-series, Stefanie Koehler shares her experiences in bringing a sustainability focus into her work. Part 1: A New Way of Thinking · Part 2: Putting Theory into Practice · Part 3: Learning from Nature During the 2012–13 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge (BSDC) competition, I discovered that solving humanity's biggest design challenges requires new skills applied within a comprehensive framework that integrates sustainability. I gained a deeper understanding of the Buckminster Fuller Institute's tenet of what Fuller
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Copy Cats

Copy Cats | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
In the world of architectural biomimicry, design practice Exploration and its founder Michael Pawlyn is at the forefront; the agency was set up in 2007 to focus exclusively on developing the field...
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FlexShapeGripper | Festo Corporate

FlexShapeGripper | Festo Corporate | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
The FlexShapeGripper enables the widest range of shapes to be gripped softly based on the model of a chameleon’s tongue.
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Directly inspired by the chameleon. Brilliant !

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NYC DEP announces 6 super-soaking projects that will help prevent flooding and sewage overflow

NYC DEP announces 6 super-soaking projects that will help prevent flooding and sewage overflow | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
The NYC DEP has awarded $3 million to 6 green projects that will divert water from NYC's storm sewers.
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This Bio-Inspired Bike Jacket Flashes When Drivers Get Too Close

This Bio-Inspired Bike Jacket Flashes When Drivers Get Too Close | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it

"A designer has an idea of how to make drivers take more caution around cyclists: Help them see bikers as people, not obstacles. [...] The jacket uses sensors to tell if a car or bus is approaching, and then starts flashing LED lights. As cars get closer or drive faster, the lights flash more quickly. The design is inspired by animals that use visual signals to keep predators away."


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Study: morphing material alters transparency and roughness on command (Wired UK)

Study: morphing material alters transparency and roughness on command (Wired UK) | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
A team of biomimicry engineers has used teardrops as inspiration for a material that morphs between states when stretched, altering its transparency and roughness

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Taking Inspiration From Nature’s Brightest Colours

Taking Inspiration From Nature’s Brightest Colours | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
Brightly-coloured, iridescent films, made from the same wood pulp that is used to make paper, could potentially substitute traditional toxic pigments in the textile and security industries. The films use the same principle as can be seen in some of the most vivid colours in nature, resulting in colours which do not fade, even after a century. Some of the brightest and most colourful materials in nature – such as peacock feathers, butterfly wings and opals – get their colour not from pigments, but from their internal structure alone.

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Tiny Muscles Help Bats Fine-tune Flight

Tiny Muscles Help Bats Fine-tune Flight | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
Bats appear to use a network of hair-thin muscles in their wing skin to control the stiffness and shape of their wings as they fly, according to a new study. The finding provides new insight about the aerodynamic fine-tuning of membrane wings, both natural and man-made.

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Amazing and Elegant Vancouver Land Bridge | DesignRulz

Amazing and Elegant Vancouver Land Bridge | DesignRulz | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
The Vancouver Land Bridge reconnects historic Fort Vancouver to the city’s Columbia River waterfront and helps restore the natural landscape continuum from
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Spiders spin possible solution to 'sticky' problems : UA News

Spiders spin possible solution to 'sticky' problems : UA News | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
How to attach tendons to bones and build stronger adhesives? Stick with spider silk, UA researchers say.
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Photos of the Day: Butterfly Wings Inspire Better Sensors

Imitating nature is not a new idea. When the GE team put Morpho wings under a powerful microscope, they saw a layer of tiny scales just tens of micrometers across. In turn, each of the scales had arrays of ridges a few hundred nanometers wide. This complex structure ...
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Can Sea Urchins Show Scientists How To Capture Carbon Affordably?

Can Sea Urchins Show Scientists How To Capture Carbon Affordably? | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
According to a story in Gizmag yesterday, a group of researchers at Newcastle University in the U.K. may have accidentally stumbled on a solution to the pr

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World's 8 Most Inspiring Urban Farms

World's 8 Most Inspiring Urban Farms | bio-inspiration | Scoop.it
With all the media surrounding industrial agriculture and its corresponding technologies -- GMO crops, toxic pesticides, deadly fertilizers -- it might be easy to lose sight of the fact that many p...

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