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Butterfly Flaps Its Wings, Could Spark Solar Energy Progress

Butterfly Flaps Its Wings, Could Spark Solar Energy Progress | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it

From the wonderful world of biomimicry comes a solar energy breakthrough based on the posture at rest of a small butterfly called the Cabbage White. Who knew that voguing is still a thing? Apparently, this stylin’ butterfly forms a uniquely angled “V” with its wings, which according to new research from the UK’s University of Exeter indicates a new pathway for developing lighter, more efficient solar energy harvesting systems.Here's a new twist on the "butterfly effect" leading to more lightweight, compact concentrated systems for solar energy harvesting -- instead of hurricanes.

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Des skis inspirés des écailles de tortue

Des skis inspirés des écailles de tortue | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
Quels skis faut-il adopter pour dévaler les pentes avec un maximum de plaisir ? Idéalement, un ski devrait pouvoir tenir de fortes pressions dans les virages, mais aussi offrir une grande maniabilité. Or ces caractéristiques sont propres à deux types de skis différents: rigides ou souples, eux-mêmes destinés à deux types de skieurs: experts ou intermédiaires. Une nouvelle gamme de skis inspirés des écailles de tortue propose une solution deux en un, qui réunit les deux caractéristiques à la fois. Les nouveaux skis se rigidifient dans les virages, pour améliorer l'accroche sur la neige, mais se montrent en même temps très dociles en entrée et en sortie de virage. Baptisée «turtle shell», cette technologie est le fruit d’une collaboration entre l’EPFL, l’Institut pour l’étude de la neige et des avalanches de Davos (SLF) et la marque suisse de skis Stöckli.
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Des robots miniatures, inspirés des fourmis, remorquent une voiture de près de 2 tonnes

Des robots miniatures, inspirés des fourmis, remorquent une voiture de près de 2 tonnes | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
Des chercheurs de l’Université de Stanford ont publié une nouvelle vidéo dans laquelle six robots, de 17 grammes chacun, tirent une voiture de 1 800 kg. C’est comme si six humains tractaient le poids équivalent à une Tour Eiffel et trois statues de la Liberté. Les chercheurs du laboratoire de biomimétisme et de manipulation agile (BDML) de l’Université de Stanford n'en finissent pas d'étudier la nature. Après s’être inspirés des propriétés des geckos, ces lézards connus pour leur étonnante capacité d'adhésion aux surfaces verticales, pour créer des robots miniatures capables de tirer 2 000 fois leur poids, ils se sont intéressés aux capacités des fourmis à travailler ensemble pour tracter de grosses masses.
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Beetle bumps inspire bigger and faster water droplets - BBC News

Beetle bumps inspire bigger and faster water droplets - BBC News | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
Scientists have drawn inspiration from the bumpy shells of Namib desert beetles to improve the collection and transport of water droplets.
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Moth Eyes Inspire Graphene Based Smart Tech - GotScience.org

Moth Eyes Inspire Graphene Based Smart Tech - GotScience.org | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it

Look into the eyes of moths and see the future. The future of smart gadgets, that is. Moths’ eyes are the latest inspiration for thin solar material. Researchers from the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute say that new, ultra-thin, patterned graphene sheets will be essential in designing “smart wallpaper” and other future technologies.

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Bees Could Engineer Next-Generation Energy Storage

Bees Could Engineer Next-Generation Energy Storage | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
Energy storage could be the next item on the list when it comes to listing all the reasons we need to save the world's bee population from collapse.
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Good vibrations: spider signal threads reveal remote sensing design secrets | University of Oxford

Good vibrations: spider signal threads reveal remote sensing design secrets | University of Oxford | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
When you look at a spider web in the garden, one thing is often noticeably absent: the spider. This may be because it is lurking away from the web in a 'retreat', where it can monitor web vibrations through a proxy known as a signal thread.
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Airbus starts 3D printing airplane cabin partition that mimics cells and bones' structure

Airbus starts 3D printing airplane cabin partition that mimics cells and bones' structure | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
Airbus and its subsidiary APWorks, in collaboration with Autodesk-owned architecture firm The Living, has started printing the world's largest metal 3D printed airplane part. The jet partition, 3D printed in a high-tech alloy called 'Scalmalloy', is 45% lighter than current partitions.
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Nature inspired self-cleaning windows developed

Nature inspired self-cleaning windows developed | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
UCL researchers have developed a revolutionary new type of ‘smart’ window which could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings while reducing heating bills and boosting worker productivity. - See more at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0116/200116-self-cleaning-windows/#sthash.dX8IoZts.dpuf
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Ces objets volants qui miment l'insecte | Techniques de l'ingénieur

Ces objets volants qui miment l'insecte | Techniques de l'ingénieur | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
Dans l’optique de réaliser de la surveillance intra-bâtiment avec un système autonome, mobile, très discret, des recherches sont en cours pour développer des nanodrones. Elles se concentrent sur la compréhension et l’imitation du vol battu des insectes et sur la miniaturisation.
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La gestion de la lumière par les insectes, source d'innovations | Techniques de l'ingénieur

La gestion de la lumière par les insectes, source d'innovations | Techniques de l'ingénieur | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it

Lumière solaire, chargée de rayonnements ultraviolets mortels mais aussi source d’énergie vitale ; et lumière émise, source d’énergie et moyen de communication : deux aspects de la lumière auxquels nous sommes directement confrontés et dont la gestion par les insectes, par des voies complètement différentes des nôtres, peut être à la base d’intéressantes innovations.

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bioLogic - tissu intelligent : un bacille pour activer l’aération d'une tenue

bioLogic - tissu intelligent : un bacille pour activer l’aération d'une tenue | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it

bioLogic is growing living actuators and synthesizing responsive bio-skin in the era where bio is the new interface. We are Imagining a world where actuators and sensors can be grown rather than manufactured, being derived from nature as opposed to engineered in factories.

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Researchers use multi-material 3D printing to fabricate the first biomimetic shark skin : Wyss Institute at Harvard

Researchers use multi-material 3D printing to fabricate the first biomimetic shark skin : Wyss Institute at Harvard | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it

The advance allows for accurate measurement of the hydrodynamic properties of synthetic shark skin, and could inspire improved swimsuit, boat, and aircraft designs

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Bat biosonar biomimicry for improved sonar technology | RobAid

Bat biosonar biomimicry for improved sonar technology | RobAid | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
Comparable to some other animals on our planet, bats use other methods instead sight in order to navigate or hunt. They are able to "see" in the dark by sending
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Extrafloral nectar secretion from wounds of Solanum dulcamara

Extrafloral nectar secretion from wounds of Solanum dulcamara | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
Des plantes sécrètent une substance nourricière pour récompenser des fourmis qui vont la défendre contre des prédateurs (insectes,  limaces) Le liquide est riche en saccharose. Après avoir subi une agression, la plante recrute des gardes du corps et leur offre une récompense.
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Mushrooms, whales and hurricanes: how bio-inspiration boosts energy efficiency

Mushrooms, whales and hurricanes: how bio-inspiration boosts energy efficiency | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it

Seven finalists in the first Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The competitors, who come from around the globe, sought to develop efficient, nature-inspired solutions to food shortages. Their solutions copy a wide array of organisms, including an agricultural drainage system based on earthworms, an edible insect harvester based on a carnivorous plant and a desalinizing water still that imitates mangrove trees. These projects – and the rest of the Global Design Challenge competitors – have until October to develop working prototypes for their inventions. In the meantime, here are a few other bio-inspired innovations that are already changing our lives and the way we relate to nature.

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Why Nature Prefers Hexagons - Issue 35: Boundaries - Nautilus

Why Nature Prefers Hexagons - Issue 35: Boundaries - Nautilus | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
How do bees do it? The honeycombs in which they store their amber nectar are marvels of precision engineering, an array of prism-shaped…
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Can Coral Reinvent the Wheel?

Can Coral Reinvent the Wheel? | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it

TECHNOLOGY The tread pattern on a new, sphere-shaped concept tire was inspired by the whorls of brain coral. (BBC) See how other engineers are inspired by nature. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What two features distinguish the new Goodyear Eagle 360 concept tire from a…

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Desert beetle bumps inspire new water-collecting material

Desert beetle bumps inspire new water-collecting material | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
A carnivorous plant, desert beetle and cactus are behind a revolutionary new material that can collect water out of thin air.
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Nature inspired self-cleaning windows developed

Nature inspired self-cleaning windows developed | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
UCL researchers have developed a revolutionary new type of ‘smart’ window which could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings while reducing heating bills and boosting worker productivity.
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North Face's new jacket is made from synthetic spider’s silk

North Face's new jacket is made from synthetic spider’s silk | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
The prototype jacket, dubbed the 'Moon Parka', was created with the help of Tokyo-based advanced biomaterials company Spiber. It is expected to be on sale next year.
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Ford Looks to Make its Cars Easier to Recycle with Gecko Inspired Adhesive

Ford Looks to Make its Cars Easier to Recycle with Gecko Inspired Adhesive | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
Dearborn, Michigan based car maker, Ford Motor Company, is working with Procter & Gamble to develop an adhesive inspired by geckos to improve the recyclability of its cars.
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Biomimétisme, lorsque les scientifiques s'inspirent de la nature | Techniques de l'ingénieur

Biomimétisme, lorsque les scientifiques s'inspirent de la nature | Techniques de l'ingénieur | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
Les matériaux bio-inspirés ne sont plus une sipmple tendance. Ils offrent des performances surprenantes. Exemples.
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New artificial material mimics photosynthesis to create clean, self-sustaining energy source

New artificial material mimics photosynthesis to create clean, self-sustaining energy source | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it
It’s one of the holy grails of scientific research: discovering a way of replicating the natural process of photosynthesis , such that light could be easily converted into energy for other purposes, just like a plant does. And now researchers in...
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Weird Microscopic Animal Inspires New Kind of Glass

Weird Microscopic Animal Inspires New Kind of Glass | Biomimétisme, Biomimicry, Bioinspired innovation | Scoop.it

The tardigrade's ability to produce glasslike molecules under a wide range of temperatures — they can survive temperatures as high as 304 degrees Fahrenheit (151 degrees Celsius) and as low as minus 328 degrees F (minus 200 degrees C) — led the researchers to experiment with the creation of new glass materials under extreme conditions. And this, in turn, led to the development of a glass material that is almost as strange as the creature that inspired its discovery.

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