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Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission

Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"It's a familiar trope in science fiction: In enemy territory, activate your cloaking device. And real-world viruses use similar tactics to make themselves invisible to the immune system. Now scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have mimicked these viral tactics to build the first DNA nanodevices that survive the body's immune defenses."

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Bacteria Could Grow Futuristic 'Self-Healing' Materials

Bacteria Could Grow Futuristic 'Self-Healing' Materials | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Living materials produced by bacteria could lead to interactive structures programmed to self-assemble into specific patterns, such as those used on solar cells and diagnostic sensors, and even self-healing materials that could sense damage and repair it.
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Achim Menges Developes Hygroskin and Hygroscope: Biomimetic Meteorosensitive Pavilions

Achim Menges Developes Hygroskin and Hygroscope: Biomimetic Meteorosensitive Pavilions | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Research on the spruce cone has led to a complex skin system that responds to localized climatic environments through the natural, mechanical properties of wood and humidity."

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Antennae Help Flies "Cruise" In Gusty Winds

Antennae Help Flies "Cruise" In Gusty Winds | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Caltech researchers uncover a mechanism for how fruit flies regulate their flight speed, using both vision and wind-sensing information from their antennae.
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Butterfly Wings Inspire Better Sensors

Butterfly Wings Inspire Better Sensors | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Imitating nature is not a new idea. When the GE team put Morpho wings under a powerful microscope, they saw a layer of tiny scales just tens of micrometers across. In turn, each of the scales had arrays of ridges a few hundred nanometers wide. This complex structure absorbs and bends light and givesMorfo butterflies their trademark shimmering blue and green coat."

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 6, 5:50 PM

Great ideas are often taken from nature! Check this one out!

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Oyster Shell May Inspire ‘Natural Exoskeleton’ Armor

Oyster Shell May Inspire ‘Natural Exoskeleton’ Armor | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

""We often think of seashells as being defined by their delicate beauty. But what if they also hold the secret to producing near-impenetrable human body armor? Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say the structure of a certain oyster shell could inspire extremely tough and lightweight exoskeletons..."

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Material That Mimics Structure Of Bone

Material That Mimics Structure Of Bone | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Scientists at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) in Germany have created a lightweight but very strong material inspired by the intricate microscopic architecture of living tissue – our own bones. The research could pave the way for future super-light materials that could be used in microfluidics devices or to make lighter (and thus cheaper) spacecraft."

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Robot Octopus Shows Off New Sculls

Robot Octopus Shows Off New Sculls | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
"Octopi are pro swimmers, thanks (at least in part) to that octet of arms they've got going on. They've adopted a particular swimming gait called sculling, which works great for them, but until they start publishing scientific papers, we're missing out on all of their gait testing data. Roboticists have had to start from scratch, and along the way, they've experimented with some swimming gaits that we've never seen a real octopus try and pull off."
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Scientists Discover the Key to Making Paint That Never Fades

Scientists Discover the Key to Making Paint That Never Fades | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A team of Harvard engineers are developing a way of producing color that could produce paint that never fades, and displays that never go dark. Believe it or not, the method is based on bird feathers, which last centuries without losing their bright hues. [...] Bird feathers stay bright because their feathers contain nanostructures that amplify specific wavelengths of light. It's called structural color. Basically, the feathers' cells contain a series of tiny pores spaced in such a way that they only reflect, for instance, shades of red." 

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TED Conferences Use Security Technology Inspired by Butterflies

TED Conferences Use Security Technology Inspired by Butterflies | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The TED2014 conference kicks off today in Vancouver, marking the 30th anniversary of the event. The theme of this year's conference is "the next chapter," and each attendee will receive a sample of what could be the next chapter in anti-counterfeit technology. The TED2014 ID badges feature a small iridescent panel with a "30 years TED" logo. The image isn't a hologram, but is created by billions of nano-scale holes. The technology is inspired by the wings of the Morpho butterfly, and this is one of its first major real-world applications. The super-tiny holes reflect and transmit light in a distinctive way, making the logo easy to identify and hard to copy."

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Insect Nervous System Copied To Boost Computing Power

Insect Nervous System Copied To Boost Computing Power | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Brains are the most powerful computers known. Now microchips built to mimic insects' nervous systems have been shown to successfully tackle technical computing problems like object recognition and data mining, researchers say.
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From Hedgehogs to Whole Systems: An Evolution in Business Principles

From Hedgehogs to Whole Systems: An Evolution in Business Principles | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"If we take the time to look, we realize that nature provides us with a time-tested R&D lab for re-imagined industry and its contributing forces. The natural world has already mastered renewable energy use, closed production cycles, collaborative networks, sustainable materials, and green chemistry. Underlying these proven successes are principles [...] including rampant resource efficiency, real-time responsiveness, and systems intelligence, among others.  These principles enable entire natural "economies" to be not merely productive but resilient and regenerative.  "

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Arjen ten Have's curator insight, March 12, 8:22 AM

Yet another way to use insights from biological evolution into society, here in terms of business development.

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Nature's Solutions for Energy Shortages

Nature's Solutions for Energy Shortages | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
 Energy efficiency in living things often means combining material and fuel recycling with hitching a free ride. Soaring birds, drifting larvae and even prairie dogs make use of dependable physical forces in order to survive with the least amount of expended energy. Putting these principles into practice, however, demands a deep knowledge of the processes involved.

 

Photo details: Heermann's Gull , City Wharf, Huntington Beach, California. Copyright © 2006, Alan D. Wilson. http://www.naturespicsonline.com

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Logical Circuits Created With Slime Molds

Logical Circuits Created With Slime Molds | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"What is your current computer made of? Aluminum? Silicon? Plastic? Perhaps the slime mold Physarum polycephalum? If that last one isn’t true for you now, there’s a chance it will be in the future. Andrew Adamatzky from the University of the West of England and Theresa Schubert of Bauhaus-University Weimar have published a paper in the journal Materials Today which describes how they were able to use the slime mold to create a logical circuit."

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Bio-inspired Unmanned Aircraft Capable of Soaring Like Birds

Bio-inspired Unmanned Aircraft Capable of Soaring Like Birds | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Researchers are developing a bio-inspired unmanned aircraft capable of soaring like birds, boosting energy efficiency and endurance. The research team is aiming to be the first in the world to demonstrate an autonomous unmanned aircraft that can mimic birds by using updrafts around buildings to stay airborne.
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The Remarkable Self-organization of Ants

The Remarkable Self-organization of Ants | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Give a colony of garden ants a week and a pile of dirt, and they'll transform it into an underground edifice about the height of a skyscraper in an ant-scaled city. Without a blueprint or a leader, thousands of insects moving specks of dirt create a complex, spongelike structure with parallel levels connected by a network of tunnels. [...] Knowing the rules behind ant-made structures could help scientists understand how other complex systems emerge in nature."

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Inspired by Moth Eyeballs, Chemists Develop Gold Coating That Dims Glare

Inspired by Moth Eyeballs, Chemists Develop Gold Coating That Dims Glare | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Moth eyeballs are made up of tiny cones that reduce glare. UC Irvine researchers copied the pattern on a new, flexible material and coated it with a bit of gold to make a product that could improve solar panels, LED displays and disguising of weapons."

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Kangaroo-bot Shows Promise in the Idea of Hopping Machines

Kangaroo-bot Shows Promise in the Idea of Hopping Machines | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A new bio-inspired robot looks to steal one of evolution's most efficient (and unique) forms of locomotion. Say hello to the world's first 'roobot.
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This Amazing High-Rise Apartment Building Looks Like A Giant Tree

This Amazing High-Rise Apartment Building Looks Like A Giant Tree | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
With balconies budding like leaves, no one could complain for lack of outdoor space in this building in France.
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Mercedes Jahn's curator insight, March 30, 1:03 PM

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Flypaper for Elephants: A New Adhesive is Based on Geckos' Feet

Flypaper for Elephants: A New Adhesive is Based on Geckos' Feet | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts has developed a new, reusable adhesive based on the feet of the gecko – the lizard that licks its own eyeballs and climbs up walls. Around 60% of gecko species have adhesive toe pads and these pads were the inspiration for Geckskin – a device that can attach and detach from materials and surfaces repeatedly."

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Flexible Armadillo-Inspired Armor Can Take A Hit

Flexible Armadillo-Inspired Armor Can Take A Hit | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Animals like crocodiles and armadillos have natural armor that’s basically a bunch of hard plates embedded in soft tissues. A team of mechanical engineers led by McGill University associate professor Francois Barthlat dveloped a new material that mimics this protection."

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Biomimetics in Shaving

Biomimetics in Shaving | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Based on friction tests of surfaces mimicking the textures evolved on frog, cricket and salamander feet, Technion scientists innovate a way to significantly improve the shaving process. Technion scientists discovered a way to significantly improve shaving process, following friction tests of surfaces mimicking the textures evolved on frog, cricket and salamander feet."

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Robot Razor Clams Make Better Anchors

Robot Razor Clams Make Better Anchors | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"At MIT, nature has long been a source of inspiration, and in a new project two researchers turn to the razor clam as inspiration for their burrowing robot. The burrowing bot, know as the RoboClam, is about half the size of a lighter but is controlled by an off board set of apparatuses, including pressure regulators, pistons and other control mechanisms."

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Get Excited – Spider Silk Finally Looks Ready for Commercialization

Get Excited – Spider Silk Finally Looks Ready for Commercialization | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Materials scientists have been eyeing spider silk as a potential supermaterial for years, but the stuff is notoriously difficult to produce in quantities. Now, recent breakthroughs in the production of synthetic spider silk could see this remarkable substance commercialized, and publicly available, sooner than expected.
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Ernst Haeckel - Inspired by Nature

Ernst Haeckel - Inspired by Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Rene Binet, a French architect and artist, created the entrance for the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900. Binet modeled that main entrance after an illustration of Clathrocanium reginae by Ernst Haeckel. When you consider that this microscopic sea fauna, a Radiolarian, inspired a structure that used about 192 tonnes of metal and cost about 676,000 French fr., you may want to view Rene Binet’s and Ernst Haeckel’s illustrations to see how they might be of inspiration to you.."

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