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Newlight Technologies Produces AirCarbon Plastic From CO2

Newlight Technologies Produces AirCarbon Plastic From CO2 | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it

"In recent years, the desire to emulate botanical processes for environmental benefit has inspired "design similes," such as cities that behave like forests, buildings that act as trees, or products that operate like plants. Although such comparisons serve to promote ideal goals, they are difficult to put into actual practice. Irvine, Calif.-based Newlight Technologies has found a way to achieve the latter objective, with a plastic that is made by mimicking the material production method of plants. AirCarbon is a type of polyester that is made from air rather than oil. Like plants, Newlight's "GHG-to-Plastic" process captures CO2 from the air, and isolates the carbon and oxygen elements. The company then polymerizes C and O and reassembles them into a long-chain thermopolymer. The resulting plastic is biodegradable, recyclable in multiple stages, and has programmable compostability."


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Building Empathy Through Service-Learning

Building Empathy Through Service-Learning | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it

At Prospect Sierra, a leading Ashoka Changemaker School, service-learning is an important part of the curriculum. From the time students enter the school in kindergarten through their graduation in 8th grade, they are participating in meaningful projects that allow them to practice empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills. Third grade teacher Elissa Fisher shares with us her experience of her students' service project at the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID). 


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Human Eye Gives Researchers Visionary Design for New Lens Technology

Human Eye Gives Researchers  Visionary Design for New  Lens Technology | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it

Drawing heavily upon nature for inspiration, a team of researchers has created a new artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye. This innovative lens, which is made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, may one day provide a more natural performance in implantable lenses to replace damaged or diseased human eye lenses, as well as consumer vision products; it also may lead to superior ground and aerial surveillance technology.


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Bats Inspire New Cane for Blind

Bats Inspire New Cane for Blind | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it

The ultrasonic waves used by bats have inspired a new piece of technology which can help blind people to detect obstacles. Developers have come up with stick which can vibrate when it's near objects, so that the user can sense their way around.


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Resilience Thinking | People & Place

Life is full of surprises. Sometimes we take them in stride; some times they trip us up. Resilience thinking offers a fresh way of understanding the world around us and of managing our natural resources.
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Biomimicry: Science inspired by nature could feed the hungry, reduce impact of technology

From a video display inspired by butterfly wings to wind turbines that incorporate bumps like a whale fin, biomimicry could be the future of sustainability.

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The Cities of the Future Will be Grown, Not Built

The Cities of the Future Will be Grown, Not Built | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it
The cities of the future will have waste-to-energy plants, not shopping malls or churches, at their center, according to urban designer Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE.

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Russia's small-scale organic agriculture model may hold the key to feeding the world ~ RiseEarth

Russia's small-scale organic agriculture model may hold the key to feeding the world ~ RiseEarth | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it

A far cry from the unsustainable, chemical-dependent, industrialized agriculture system that dominates the American landscape today, Russia's agricultural system, which is not technically a system at all, is run by the people and for the people.

 

Thanks to government policies there that actually encourage autonomous family farming, rather than cater to the greed of chemical and biotechnology companies like they do here in the states, the vast majority of Russians are able and willing to grow their own food on privately-owned family plots known as "dachas."

 

Russia's Private Garden Plot Act, which was signed into law back in 2003, entitles every Russian citizen to a private plot of land, free of charge, ranging in size from 2.2 acres to 6.8 acres. Each plot can be used for growing food, or for simply vacationing or relaxing, and the government has agreed not to tax this land. And the result of this effort has been phenomenal, as Russian families collectively grow practically all the food they need.


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The Power Of Biomimicry

The Power Of Biomimicry | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it
From Mother Nature Network's John Platt: A wind turbine designed to incorporate the bumps on a whale's tail.

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Bumblebee Flight Paths Could Inspire Faster Computers

Bumblebee Flight Paths Could Inspire Faster Computers | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it
Researchers found that bumblebees can quickly map out the shortest routes between flowers, a behavior that could inspire faster computers.

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‘Superorganisations’ – Learning from Nature’s Networks

‘Superorganisations’ – Learning from Nature’s Networks | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it

Fritjof Capra, in his book ‘The Hidden Connections’ applies aspects of complexity theory, particularly the analysis of networks, to global capitalism and the state of the world; and eloquently argues the case that social systems such as organisations and networks are not just like living systems – they are living systems. The concept and theory of living systems (technically known as autopoiesis) was introduced in 1972 by Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela.

 

This is a complete version of a ‘long-blog’ written by Al Kennedy on behalf of ‘The Nature of Business’ blog and BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation www.businessinspired...


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 18, 2014 8:57 PM

A look at how to go organic with business models in a tech age...

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Learning from Nature’s Networks

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New Technology Inspires a Rethinking of Light

New Technology Inspires a Rethinking of Light | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it
Beyond the energy and cost savings, new types of lighting are now envisioned as ways to heal, soothe, invigorate or protect people.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, April 25, 2013 12:18 PM

No one seems to be talking about those "energy saving" CFL lights any more ... the future will be LED lighting.

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Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability?

Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability? | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it

A new breed of high-rise architecture is in the process of being born, thanks to the collaborative efforts of modern design pioneers. Envisioned as the best sustainable option for meeting world housing demands and decreasing global carbon emissions, wooden mega-structures are now one step closer to becoming a reality.

 

“Big Wood,” a conceptual project to the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition, builds on the premise that wood, when harvested responsibly, is one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating healthy communities. Aspiring to become one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, Big Wood challenges the way we build our cities and promotes timber as a reliable platform to support tomorrow’s office and residential towers...


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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 20, 2013 4:47 PM

Whoa..Chicago!

Geovanni's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:32 AM

Fascinating place. Must of been a lot of wood to be created.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, May 13, 2013 11:44 AM
It takes around 30 years for a seedling to grow into the kind of wood that can be used in construction. A little maintenance is required during that period. Meanwhile it's soaking up CO2 and making oxygen. The only industrial processes required are to cut it down and cut it into boards and 2 x 4s. If you stagger your planting you have an endless supply.
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Swarm intelligence - what ants, termites and bees can teach us about traffic control

Swarm intelligence - what ants, termites and bees can teach us about traffic control | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it
Bees, fish and birds can move in concert. So can cars, if we let nature guide our technology.

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Move Over Genetic-Engineering; Biomimicry Seems The Better Bet For Solving Global Hunger - Forbes

Move Over Genetic-Engineering; Biomimicry Seems The Better Bet For Solving Global Hunger - Forbes | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it
Biomimicry is maybe the best idea you haven’t heard too much about.

 

The latest wave of biomimicry research has focused on the question of symbiosis, essentially nature’s cooperative exchanges. One place these exchanges show up is in extreme environments—like high up in the mountains or in the middle of a barren desert. In 2002, University of Washington researcher Russell Rodriguez was studying a grass that grows in geothermal hotsprings and discovered a fungi, an endophyte in the technical parlance, without which the grass could grow at such high temperatures.

 

Rodriguez decided to see if this fungi could be used to produce a drought tolerant plants. He isolated the fungal spores and sprayed them onto wheat seeds. The results were impressive. The wheat needed 50 percent less water, and could grow at much higher temperatures.

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Thanks for the suggestion Sepp!
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you're very welcome cyneth!
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How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation

How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it
Creative minds are increasingly turning to nature—banyan tree leaves, butterfly wings, a bird's beak— for fresh design solutions...

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Fascinating Sandcastle Worm Inspires Biocompatible Glue For Broken Bones

Fascinating Sandcastle Worm Inspires Biocompatible Glue For Broken Bones | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it

The self-contained sandcastle worm is biomimicked for a new bio-glue that will cement shattered bones.


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2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Winner announced!

2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Winner announced! | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it

The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced “The Living Building Challenge” as winner for the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Dubbed “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge annually awards a $100,000 prize to support the on-going development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity’s must pressing issues.


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A Man-Made, Net-Zero Energy Island Off the Coast of Istanbul

A Man-Made, Net-Zero Energy Island Off the Coast of Istanbul | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it
A proposal imagines 300,000 housing units built into six hyper-energy efficient domes.

This year Istanbul Design Week goes back to the future with a very ambitious project: HavvAda, a cutting-edge net-positive-energy residential island conceptualized by New York-based Studio Dror.

HavvAda, will be built off the shore of Istanbul using excavated soil from a new massive canal planned between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

 

For the design, Dror has drawn on spatial geometry, as well as Buckminster Fuller’s legacy in structural engineering and Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City. Six months of intensive dialog with a team of experts have allowed Dror to realize an ambitious concept that offers a high quality of life and helps the environment.

The island is envisioned as a landscape of six residential hills, surrounding a circular valley dedicated to parks and recreation, supported by a mega-dome structure, allowing for a “three-dimensional grid” that aims to maximize energy and structural efficiency.

 

Read the complete post to learn more about the process and design of the integrated renewable energy system, water recycling, as well as efficient heating and cooling (which allow the community to produce more energy than it consumes).

Also, read further to find additional images and diagrams of how these systems and concepts function in the context of this innovative and ambitious project.


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Reuse, Reduce and Relocate

Reuse, Reduce and Relocate | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it

The folks at MyMove.com have some thoughts on how to haul all of your worldly possessions from points A to B with minimal eco-impact.


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Biomimicry: San Diego Zoo Launches Bioinspiration Centre

Biomimicry: San Diego Zoo Launches Bioinspiration Centre | Biomimicry, Adaptive Design, Design for Humanity | Scoop.it
The launching of the Centre for Bioinspiration, a product incubator that will take nature's best ideas and apply them to solving human problems.

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