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ICD/ ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 is based on sea-urchin shells - Arch2O.com

ICD/ ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 is based on sea-urchin shells - Arch2O.com | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 : Some of the most splendid manifestations of biomimetic architecture can be seen in examples where the mimicry is not just a superficial replication but is a creation that comes out of holistic understanding of the specimen itself.
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New insect-inspired vision strategy could hasten development of mini-drones | Robohub

New insect-inspired vision strategy could hasten development of mini-drones | Robohub | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Algorithmic biomimicry—teaching tiny flybots to see and land like bugs, "on the edge of oscillation" @Robohub https://t.co/aUAsaTQS2f
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Airbus 3D Printing Airplane Partitions That Mimic Cells And Bone Structure #Biomimicry

Airbus 3D Printing Airplane Partitions That Mimic Cells And Bone Structure  #Biomimicry | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Bionic Partition: Advanced 3D Printing from David Benjamin on Vimeo. Airbus 3D printing airplane partitions that mimic cells and bone structure. via 3ders Next time you travel by airplane, chances …
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14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Companies seeking breakthrough products tend to ignore the greatest invention machine in the universe: life’s more than three-billion-year history of evolution by natural selection.
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The Beetle That's Whiter Than Paper | IFLScience

The Beetle That's Whiter Than Paper | IFLScience | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Native to Southeast Asia, the Cyphochilus beetle has ultra-thin scales that cover its body and make it appear much whiter than even paper.
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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 | Biomimicry | 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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Nature’s Strongest Super-Glue Comes Unstuck

Nature’s Strongest Super-Glue Comes Unstuck | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"An international team of scientists led by Newcastle University, UK, and funded by the US Office of Naval Research, have shown for the first time that barnacle larvae release an oily droplet to clear the water from surfaces before sticking down using a phosphoprotein adhesive."


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Butterfly wings inspire cosmetics and bomb detectors | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...

Butterfly wings inspire cosmetics and bomb detectors | @scoopit http://sco.lt/... | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The iridescent wings of a butterfly have inspired a range of new uses, including self-cleaning surfaces and explosives detectors.
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Software Used for Facial Recognition Teases Out Secret Messages Hidden on Bird Eggs

Software Used for Facial Recognition Teases Out Secret Messages Hidden on Bird Eggs | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Some bird eggs have visual signatures that help them distinguish they own clutch from impostor cuckoo .

 

For most honest bird species, brood parasites like the cuckoo are no joke. These sneaky free-loaders comprise about one percent of all bird species. Sniffing out false eggs is serious business for many birds. Brood parasites plant eggs in unsuspecting nests and leave the duped foster parents to care for their chicks—usually to the deadly detriment of the foster parents' own babies. 

 

Now, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Cambridge have discovered one way that bird parents likely keep an eye on their own eggs: with special visual signature. The researchers used the same kind of software that companies rely on for facial recognition and image stitching but applied that technology to hundreds of eggs of eight different parasitized bird species. They call the new program NaturePatternMatch.

 

The host birds, they found, have previously unrecognized egg "signatures"—essentially, secret visual cues that allow them to recognize their own among the imposters. The more intensely the bird species is targeted by cuckoos, the more complex and sophisticated their egg signatures. Some of the host birds, they found, produce exactly the same egg, whereas some show variation within their own clutch or between females within the same species. All of these methods, the team says, would likely be effective strategies for lessening the likelihood of being duped.

 

"The ability of Common Cuckoos to mimic the appearance of many of their hosts' eggs has been known for centuries," the researchers say in a statement. "The astonishing finding here is that hosts can fight back against cuckoo mimicry by evolving highly recognizable patterns on their own eggs, just like a bank might insert watermarks on its currency to deter counterfeiters."


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Bat Cane Helps The Blind See #Biomimicry « adafruit industries blog

Bat Cane Helps The Blind See #Biomimicry « adafruit industries blog | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: A brain expert, a bat biologist, and an engineer walk into a cafeteria. But that's exactly what happened when a casual meeting of the minds at England's Leeds University led to the ...
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Robot Jellyfish Takes To The Air #Biomimicry « adafruit industries blog

Robot Jellyfish Takes To The Air #Biomimicry « adafruit industries blog | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Its transparent wings fixed to a delicate wire framework recall the diaphanous, veined wings of an insect. But when the flying machine rises gracefully into the air, the undulations of its conical form resemble nothing so much as ...
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The Big Sleep: The Potential Benefits of Hibernation in Humans

The Big Sleep: The Potential Benefits of Hibernation in Humans | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The extreme survival tricks of hibernators could help us overcome life-threatening injuries.

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Taking a Pounding: How Woodpeckers Avoid Concussions

Taking a Pounding: How Woodpeckers Avoid Concussions | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Woodpecker adaptations can inspire designs that prevent impact and vibration damage.
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#biomimicry and cyber security

Seems paradoxical... But humans have engaged in biomimicry for eons https://t.co/BavRx62n74
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Biomimicry Wave Energy Device Ready To Leave The Nest

Biomimicry Wave Energy Device Ready To Leave The Nest | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A new biomimicry wave energy device inspired by kelp is ready for launch at Port Fairy, Australia -- don't get too excited, that's kelp not kale.
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How Audi merged biomimicry and urban mobility

How Audi merged biomimicry and urban mobility | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A transportation design challenge by the German automaker borrowed inspiration from the organizational structure of biological cells.
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Mimicking natural evolution with 'promiscuous reactions' to improve the diversity of drugs

Mimicking natural evolution with 'promiscuous reactions' to improve the diversity of drugs | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A revolutionary new scientific method developed at the University of Leeds will improve the diversity of 'biologically active molecules', such as antibiotics and anti-cancer agents.
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IBM Reveals Incredible New Brain-Inspired Chip | IFLScience

IBM Reveals Incredible New Brain-Inspired Chip | IFLScience | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The world of computing just got a heck of a lot more exciting thanks to IBM’s incredibly powerful brain-inspired chip which was unveiled on Thursday.
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Hummingbirds are the 'Jewels of the Jungle' Yet Their Iridescent Plumes are Pigment Free

Hummingbirds are the 'Jewels of the Jungle' Yet Their Iridescent Plumes are Pigment Free | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Beating its tiny wings up to 80 times a second a hummingbird will dart from flower to flower, its iridescent plumage dazzling in the tropical sun. But these busy birds are con artists. Their feathers are pigment-free, the colours the product of microscopic structures that refract sunlight like a prism, spraying out its reds, blues and greens."


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Biomimetic nano-environments as templates for skin regeneration

Biomimetic nano-environments as templates for skin regeneration | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Cellular functions within living organisms are extremely complex processes and researchers have been using nanopatterned substrates to control and monitor cellular functions in order to design and fabricate nanoscale biotechnological systems. Especially stem cell research has benefitted from nanopatterned surfaces to maintains stem cells' long-term viability and phenotype during experiments. Nevertheless, despite the intense scientific efforts to achieve precise control of stem cell fates with engineered nanopatterned substrates, reliable and cost effective control of stem cell behavior remains a challenge.
Most of the tissues and organs in the human body, with their distinct three-dimensional structures, require support – scaffold/substrate, template, and artificial extracellular matrix or niche – for their formation from diverse cells.
Researchers have now fabricated biomimetic substrates that are similar to that of the native extracellular matrix (ECM) in the epidermis which assists proliferation, differentiation, and biosynthesis of the keratinocyte (i.e. human outer skin) cells. "

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Bees inspire a better way to land aircrafts - Futurity

Bees inspire a better way to land aircrafts - Futurity | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
To develop a new aircraft landing system, researchers are studying how bees use "optic flow descent" to guide them down.
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Looking to Nature for Social Innovation (SSIR)

Looking to Nature for Social Innovation (SSIR) | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Tapping into latent knowledge within and around us can spark ideas and inspiration for solving social issues.
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Sony inspired human eye develops curved CMOS sensors - Phys.Org

Sony inspired human eye develops curved CMOS sensors - Phys.Org | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
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Sony inspired by biomimicry develops curved CMOS sensors
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Sony's advance in image sensors appears quite natural: the company has developed a set of curved CMOS image sensors based on the curvature of the eye.
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A Robot By Any Other Name -- Robo-Ostrich or FastRunner?

A Robot By Any Other Name -- Robo-Ostrich or FastRunner? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
9 January 2014 You’re a defense contractor working for DARPA.  Instead of being asked to develop a flying robotic drone, you are contracted to design and build a robot that runs fast and can walk t...
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Tuna Robot Navigates Biomimicry Waters - Desktop Engineering

Tuna Robot Navigates Biomimicry Waters - Desktop Engineering | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Tuna Robot Navigates Biomimicry Waters
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Not only is the tuna a strong swimmer, but the front portion of its body remains stable as it propels itself through water. This unique style of movement was the inspiration for a U.S.
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