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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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Nature's Copycats Flood The World

Nature's Copycats Flood The World | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
More and more companies now turn to biomimicry - sifting through our planet’s lengthy archives for innovations inspired by nature.
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What Nature Can Teach Us About Doing Business in a Down Economy

What Nature Can Teach Us About Doing Business in a Down Economy | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The natural world knows how to conserve in lean times. Here are some biomimetic ideas to learn from."  

 

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Researchers Reverse Engineer Fireflies To Make More Efficient LEDs

Researchers Reverse Engineer Fireflies To Make More Efficient LEDs | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Sometimes, a trick gets pulled off better in nature than it does in a laboratory. That might be the case with new research claiming fireflies' unique
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Will Biomimicry Offer a Way Forward, Post-Sandy?

Will Biomimicry Offer a Way Forward, Post-Sandy? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
As seas rise, some architects suggest, the next generation of waterfront designs should draw inspiration from the intricate ways that plants and animals have adapted to their situations.
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New Nature Inspired Chemistry Curricula Released :: Biomimicry 3.8

New Nature Inspired Chemistry Curricula Released :: Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

... “Concrete without Quarries,” [is] a lab geared to help middle-school students learn valuable chemistry lessons based on life-friendly practices. The lab highlights alternatives to the energy-intensive and often-hazardous processes used in traditional school chemistry labs—the same processes used by industrial chemistry labs

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Danes Launch Biomimetic Separation/Sensing Platform

A DKK 45 million (US$ 8 million) development platform has been launched in Denmark to explore and demonstrate the potential of industrial-scale biomimetic separation and sensor applications.
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MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Scientists at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital are working on a new class of painless needles and adhesives inspired by porcupine quills.
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Electronic Paper Displays: Kindles and Cuttlefish: Biomimetics Informs e-paper Displays

Electronic Paper Displays: Kindles and Cuttlefish: Biomimetics Informs e-paper Displays | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Both electronic paper (e-paper) and certain biological organisms share the need for adaptive, reflective surfaces to communicate information. The goal of each is to use numerous colors, textures, polarization, and contrast variations without optical losses in order to maximize and control (in an energy-efficient way) the desired physical appearance. Recognizing these display commonalities, researchers at the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH), the USA Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA), the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Dayton, OH), and the Army Research Laboratory (Adelphi, MD) are attempting to merge the knowledge base of biomimetics used for biological adaptive coloration and appearance (with a focus on cephalopods such as squid, cuttlefish, and octopus) and synthetic reflective e-paper displays (such as Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader) using a series of scientific metrics

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This Robotic Sea Turtle Moves Through the Water With Breathtaking Grace

This Robotic Sea Turtle Moves Through the Water With Breathtaking Grace | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Mankind's attempts to create robotic humans that move exactly like us have so far been far from perfect. They usually stumble around, desperately trying to keep their balance like a toddler taking its first steps.
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Hagfish Slime as a Model for Tomorrow's Natural Fabrics

Hagfish Slime as a Model for Tomorrow's Natural Fabrics | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Nylon, Kevlar and other synthetic fabrics: Step aside. If new scientific research pans out, people may be sporting shirts, blouses and other garments made from fibers modeled after those in the icky, super-strong slime from a creature called the hagfish.

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‘Resurrection’ Feat Gives Hope for Future Vaccines

‘Resurrection’ Feat Gives Hope for Future Vaccines | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Water is crucial for life. Or so we are told. Some organisms, it turns out, have a remarkable ability to survive near complete dehydration - a feat known as anhydrobiosis or “life without water.” There is the resurrection plant, brine shrimps, nematode worms and baker’s yeast. Or take a class of microscopic animals known as tardigrades - commonly known as water bears - which live in thin films of water present in soil, mosses, leaves, and more. “They live in water and when where they live dries up, they dry up,” says John Crowe, a biologist at the University of California, Davis, who has been studying anhydrobiosis for four decades. But they don’t die - instead, they can remain in a state of suspended animation for decades, and when they’re rehydrated, they spring right back to life.

While these remarkable resurrections are interesting curiosities in their own right, they have also inspired a wave of potentially life-saving applications. Now, scientists and start-ups are beginning to copy these creatures’ tricks to preserve critical lifesaving compounds, such as vaccines, DNA and stem cells. They hope to extend the shelf life of these substances from mere days to months or even years, transforming medicine everywhere from rural Africa to the battlefield.

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Owls' Ability to Fly in Acoustic Stealth Provides Clues to Mitigating Conventional Aircraft Noise

Owls have the uncanny ability to fly silently, relying on specialized plumage to reduce noise so they can hunt in acoustic stealth. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, England, are studying the owl's wing structure to better understand how it mitigates noise so they can apply that information to the design of conventional aircraft.

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How the Stink of a Waterbuck Could Prevent Sleeping Sickness in Kenya

How the Stink of a Waterbuck Could Prevent Sleeping Sickness in Kenya | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A collar worn by livestock containing animal odour repellent to the tsetse fly could transform the lives of farmers in Kenya, reports Laila Ali
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Mussels: A New Model for Medical Glue

Mussels: A New Model for Medical Glue | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The chemistry that allows mussels to stick to underwater surfaces may lead to a non-toxic glue for closing wounds.

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Molecular Robot Mimics Life's Protein-Builder

Molecular Robot Mimics Life's Protein-Builder | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Ribosome-inspired nanomachine links amino acids in pre-determined sequence.
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Traffic Signals Inspired by Bugs

Traffic Signals Inspired by Bugs | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The way ants and termites navigate their own versions of gridlock inspires an algorithm that helps control human traffic on busy streets.
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“Neuristor”: Memristors Used to Create a Neuron-like Behavior

“Neuristor”: Memristors Used to Create a Neuron-like Behavior | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Computing hardware is composed of a series of binary switches; they're either on or off. The other piece of computational hardware we're familiar with, the brain, doesn't work anything like that. Rather than being on or off, individual neurons exhibit brief spikes of activity, and encode information in the pattern and timing of these spikes. The differences between the two have made it difficult to model neurons using computer hardware. In fact, the recent, successful generation of a flexible neural system required that each neuron be modeled separately in software in order to get the sort of spiking behavior real neurons display.

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Nature-Inspired Nano-material Builds a Better Electrode, Points to Greener Future

Nature-Inspired Nano-material Builds a Better Electrode, Points to Greener Future | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

From the apple falling on Newton\'s head to batteries made out of root extract, scientists have long turned to nature for ideas. Following that tradition, the brainiacs over at the University of Reading have developed a new nano-material electrode coating based on the cellular structure of plants.

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Mussel Goo Inspires Blood Vessel Glue

Mussel Goo Inspires Blood Vessel Glue | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A University of British Columbia researcher has helped create a gel - based on the mussel's knack for clinging to rocks, piers and boat hulls - that can be painted onto the walls of blood vessels and stay put, forming a protective barrier with potentially life-saving implications.
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Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk!

Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk! | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Spiders are capable of some amazing things – not the least of which is weaving strong-as-steel webs from silk. Now, scientists at the Institut de Physique de Rennes in France have found a way to incorporate this amazing material into biodegradable computer chips. Some say that this unprecedented combination of natural materials and advanced technology could yield medical devices that can be implanted safely and then remain in the body indefinitely.

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Shape-Shifting Robot Mimics Protein Molecules

Shape-Shifting Robot Mimics Protein Molecules | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The MIT-designed device is being called a "robotic Swiss Army knife" for its ability to transform into many tools.
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9 Drones Inspired by Nature

9 Drones Inspired by Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Drones are becoming an undeniable part of our future and many researchers look toward the natural world for design inspiration.
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Companies that Mimic Nature Out-perform Those That Do Not

Companies that Mimic Nature Out-perform Those That Do Not | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Companies that mimic living systems have been gaining market share over more traditionally managed firms, which generally model themselves on mechanical systems. Firms that mimic living systems have an existential awareness that they are living communities of people, committed to serving other people, and that they all depend on Nature for their sustenance. This fundamental recognition creates spontaneous demands within the firm to live harmoniously and respectfully with the larger living systems on which we all depend (biosphere, society, markets).

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Brain-like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers

Brain-like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Computer chips that mimic the human brain are outstripping conventional chips in crucial ways. They could also revolutionise our understanding of how the brain functions.

Attempts to simulate the brain usually involve programming software to behave like groups of neurons. A new "neuromorphic" design instead tries to recreate the brain's hardware, using analogue components last seen in the early days of computing.

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