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Human Brain Inspires Use of "Electronic Blood" in IBM Computers

Human Brain Inspires Use of "Electronic Blood" in IBM Computers | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"If you think about it, the human brain is a magical thing. It's capable of computing complicated algorithms on only 20 watts of energy, making it a computationally powerful and compact natural creation that is 10,000 times more dense and efficient than a computer. That natural efficiency has inspired IBM to create a computer fueled on liquid energy, or "electronic blood" that has the ability to carry power in and take heat out — much like the human circulatory system already does."

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Biomimicry and Nasa's Cooling Technologies are the New Frontier in Sports Rehabilitation

Biomimicry and Nasa's Cooling Technologies are the New Frontier in Sports Rehabilitation | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Peter Wasowski believes he can transform fitness regimes, and in the process heal both bodies and minds. [...] The concept is to biomimic the physiology of children."

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Termite Technology to Shape New ‘Breathing’ Buildings

Termite Technology to Shape New ‘Breathing’ Buildings | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researchers are investigating how termite mounds can be used to shape future buildings which feature walls that breathe as part of a major new international study involving Nottingham Trent University (UK). The $1.35millon project will examine how the unique structure of the termite mound enables stale and fresh air to be exchanged while maintaining a comfortable level of temperature. Described as a lung by the researchers, the termite mound is the only habitat known in the animal kingdom to have been proven to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide without losing heat, which enables termites to live in harsh climates they could not otherwise inhabit. One of the ultimate aims of the project is to create buildings which feature walls that breathe in the same way and reduce the need for central heating or air conditioning."

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Future Windows Could Use A Biomimetic Circulatory System To Save Energy

Future Windows Could Use A Biomimetic Circulatory System To Save Energy | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Windows, our source of life-giving sunlight indoors, are a menace to your electrical bill. In the summer, windows bleed cold and in the winter they ooze heat. To save energy, researchers want to give window panes a circulatory system that could pump in cool, liquid relief when they get too hot. In research published in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, researchers from Harvard describe an artificial vascular system, which could help make windows more energy-efficient by controlling their temperature with water."

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5 Natural Air-Conditioning Designs Inspired by Nature

5 Natural Air-Conditioning Designs Inspired by Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"With heat waves gripping much of the planet, electricity grid operators are sweating even more than their customers. Air-conditioning uses a tremendous amount of energy, but a new group of designers think they can solve the problem by mimicking Mother Nature's craftiness."

 

 

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David Parr's comment, July 9, 2013 6:35 AM
Interesting thing about birds is their two-phase lungs. I did the first steps of analysis on adapting that kind of system to a building scale heat exchanger last year.
David Parr's curator insight, July 9, 2013 6:36 AM

Interesting ideas, though being inspired by tornadoes and hurricanes should be 'meteomimicry'. Also, I've always found bird's two phase lungs a more interesting model than their feet.