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Nature Inspired Self-cleaning Windows Developed

Nature Inspired Self-cleaning Windows Developed | Biomimicry | 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. The windows use nature inspired nanostructures which mimic the eyes of moths to cut glare, save energy and clean themselves."

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Bge Innovation's curator insight, January 25, 2016 3:18 PM

un nouveau verre associant nano structures en cônes et dioxyde de vanadium, pour éviter salissures, éblouissement et échanges thermiques

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Meat-Eating Pitcher Plant Inspires Self-Cleaning 'Super Glass'

Meat-Eating Pitcher Plant Inspires Self-Cleaning 'Super Glass' | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"There’s nothing like a little biomimicry to get the creative juices flowing. Researchers at Harvard University recently discovered that the carnivorous pitcher plant may have a lot to teach us about making glass. In fact, they claim that by taking a few tips from this meat-eating plant, we could create super glass that can’t become dirty–an invention that would have significant benefits to the solar panel industry."

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Venus Fly Traps's curator insight, July 22, 2016 12:59 PM

You learn something new every day. I wonder what else the pitcher plant can teach us.

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Nature Inspires a New Multifunctional Glass Surface

Nature Inspires a New Multifunctional Glass Surface | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Inspired by nature, a group of researchers from MIT developed a glass that is self-cleaning, virtually eliminates reflections, and resists fogging and glare...
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Moth Eyes, Lotus Leaf Biomimicry To Boost Solar Efficiency

Moth Eyes, Lotus Leaf Biomimicry To Boost Solar Efficiency | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The atomic structure of a moth’s eye and lotus leaves have inspired scientists to create a new glass coating that could increase the efficiency of solar panels by up to six per cent. “While lotus leaves repel water and self-clean when it rains, a moth’s eyes are antireflective because of naturally covered tapered nanostructures where the refractive index gradually increases as light travels to the moth’s cornea,” said Tolga Aytug, member of ORNL’s Materials Chemistry Group. “Combined, these features provide truly game-changing ability to design coatings for specific properties and performance.”"

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Engineers Follow Mother Nature's Lead on Keeping Clean

Engineers Follow Mother Nature's Lead on Keeping Clean | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

A recent study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University has found that rice leaves and butterfly wings make use of some unique surface characteristics that promote self-cleaning. The researchers believe that incorporating some of these features into man-made products might be key to tackling problems associated with biofouling.

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