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Biomimetics: tarantula inspires new nanostructure colours

Biomimetics: tarantula inspires new nanostructure colours | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Being able to recreate the ‘dynamic’ bright colours found in the blue tarantula or peacock feathers is becoming a reality, thanks to biomimetics research.
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The Factory as Forest

The Factory as Forest | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
"Our goal is to achieve zero negative environmental impacts by 2020," said Erin Meezan, vice president at Interface, an innovative producer of carpets and textiles, at Greenbuild in Los Angeles. But as the firm nears its goal, it's now pursuing an even more ambitious vision -- the "factory as forest," in which their manufacturing facilities become…
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Inspired by nature: the thrilling new science that could transform medicine | Laura Parker

Inspired by nature: the thrilling new science that could transform medicine | Laura Parker | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
The Long Read: Jeffrey Karp is at the forefront of a new generation of scientists using nature’s blueprints to create breakthrough medical technologies. Can bioinspiration help to solve some of humanity’s most urgent problems?
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Your Next Wetsuit Will Mimic Otter Fur

Your Next Wetsuit Will Mimic Otter Fur | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
A new material modeled on cold-water animals' coats could lead to thinner, warmer wetsuits.
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I taught my daughter about nature with the specimens we found together

I taught my daughter about nature with the specimens we found together | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Bob Hambly and his daughter dutifully picked up nature’s leftovers for years before he realized how much the collection meant
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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 | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
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Evaporation: Closing the Gap between Forest and Urban Water Flows

Evaporation: Closing the Gap between Forest and Urban Water Flows | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Have you ever walked through an evergreen forest in the rain? There is a hush all around. The forest floor is spongy and soft beneath your feet, and the layers and textures all around you create a…
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Mushrooms, whales and hurricanes: how bio-inspiration boosts energy efficiency

Mushrooms, whales and hurricanes: how bio-inspiration boosts energy efficiency | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
As bio-inspired engineering comes into its own, we take a look at the innovative technologies using nature as a blueprint
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The Factory as Forest

The Factory as Forest | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
"Our goal is to achieve zero negative environmental impacts by 2020," said Erin Meezan, vice president at Interface, an innovative producer of carpets and textiles, at Greenbuild in Los Angeles.
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Restoration. Regeneration. Renewal. Net positive design. These are the goals of an increasing number of companies. “Our goal is to achieve zero negative environmental impacts by 2020,” said Erin Meezan, vice president at Interface, an innovative producer of carpets and textiles. But as the firm nears its goal, it’s now pursuing an even more ambitious vision — the “factory as forest,” in which their manufacturing facilities become positive contributors to the environment, providing as much ecosystem service benefits as their surrounding landscape. This astonishing vision comes from Interface’s deceased founder Ray Anderson and Janine Benyus, whose firm, Biomimicry 3.8, is advising them. Benyus’ guiding idea: “When the forest and the city are functionally indistinguishable, then we know we’ve embedded sustainability.” To achieve this, she calls for using biomimetic design strategies that “consciously emulate nature’s designs.” This is because nature, with 3.8 billion years of evolution, has “already solved most challenges.”
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Commonwealth brainstorms on climate change reversal

Commonwealth brainstorms on climate change reversal | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
The Commonwealth is bringing together global experts to thrash out new ideas for not just reducing climate change but actually reversing its effects b
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Mussel power: Researches develop underwater glue

Mussel power: Researches develop underwater glue | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Even the strongest glues collapse when soaked. Just watch a band-aid slide ungracefully off a finger or toe while in the shower.
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Biomimicry Helps Reduce Wind Turbine Noise > ENGINEERING.com

Biomimicry Helps Reduce Wind Turbine Noise > ENGINEERING.com | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
3D-printed wing attachment reduces turbine noise by 10 decibels.
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William McDonough Offers a New Language, Framing Carbon as an Asset | Sustainable Brands

William McDonough Offers a New Language, Framing Carbon as an Asset | Sustainable Brands | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
The world’s current carbon strategy aims to promote a goal of zero.
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Tunnel Visions | BIM Engine by ARCHICAD

Tunnel Visions | BIM Engine by ARCHICAD | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Lisa Schon remembers holding the bird in a piece of cloth. Its tiny eyes turned to stare at her, bewildered. “I could feel its heart beating like mad,” says
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From Biomimicry to Ecomimicry: Reconnecting Cities—and Ourselves—to Earth’s Balances | The Nature of Cities

From Biomimicry to Ecomimicry: Reconnecting Cities—and Ourselves—to Earth’s Balances | The Nature of Cities | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
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Urban Infrastructure: What Would Nature Do? | Ensia

Urban Infrastructure: What Would Nature Do? | Ensia | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
When urban infrastructure meets nature’s designers, amazing things can happen.
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Pickering Medal: new technology that mimics nature

Pickering Medal: new technology that mimics nature | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Associate Professor Iain Anderson, University of Auckland, has been awarded the Pickering Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand for developing and commerc
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Disordered nanonetwork produces robust and vibrant colors for vehicles, biomimetic tissues and camouflage 

Disordered nanonetwork produces robust and vibrant colors for vehicles, biomimetic tissues and camouflage  | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
A peacock's bright teal and brilliant blue feathers are not the result of pigments but rather nanoscale networks that reflect specific wavelengths of light. This so-called structural coloration has long interested researcher
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Why cat tongues make great hairbrushes

Why cat tongues make great hairbrushes | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
A 3-D printed plastic brush inspired by their raspy spines hooked snags and tangles out with ease. Richard A. Lovett reports.
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BIOMIMICRY FROM THE GROUND UP

BIOMIMICRY FROM THE GROUND UP | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
BY ZACH MORTICE It’s the habitat that most determines the health of any ecosystem, but it’s largely invisible to the naked eye.
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Robotic Mussels Track Rising Temperatures for Climate Research

Robotic Mussels Track Rising Temperatures for Climate Research | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Brian Helmuth, the marine scientist who devised them about 18 years ago, says they are an example of “biomimicry,” a relatively new field.
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Inspired by nature: the thrilling new science that could transform medicine | Laura Parker

Inspired by nature: the thrilling new science that could transform medicine | Laura Parker | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
The Long Read: Jeffrey Karp is at the forefront of a new generation of scientists using nature’s blueprints to create breakthrough medical technologies. Can bioinspiration help to solve some of humanity’s most urgent problems?
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Commonwealth drives strategies to put climate change into reverse

Commonwealth drives strategies to put climate change into reverse | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Highways lined with wind turbines among designs on show as Commonwealth aims to be a pathfinder that can ‘say sorry for screwing up’ on climate
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New Super Battery is Inspired by Human Intestines

New Super Battery is Inspired by Human Intestines | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
These gut-inspired batteries can store up to five times more energy and last longer than the most commonly used lithium-ion batteries.
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An adhesive that holds tight in cold, gets stronger in heat

An adhesive that holds tight in cold, gets stronger in heat | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a new dry adhesive that not only bonds in extreme temperatures, it even gets stronger as the heat goes up. The gecko-inspired material maintains its hold in extreme cold and actually gets stickier in extreme heat.
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