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3D Printer-Built Robot Has Insect Moves

3D Printer-Built Robot Has Insect Moves | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Some robotics experts focused on biomimicry have turned to work in tech hives where their tiny robots are designed to imitate the moves of insects. At UC Berkleley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, David Zarrouk, Andrew Pullin, Nick Kohut, and Ronald Fearing are working on STAR, which stands for Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot. In their paper of the same title, "STAR, A Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot," they present their project, a six-legged, sprawl-tuned robot with a variable leg sprawl angle in the transverse plane to adapt its stiffness, height, and leg-to-surface contact angle."

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Are "School of Fish" Turbine Arrays a Red Herring?

Are "School of Fish" Turbine Arrays a Red Herring? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Gizmag takes a deeper look at John Dabiri's school of fish wind turbine array concept, and wonders whether the idea of packing turbines into as tight a space as possible might overlook some wind energy fundamentals."

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7 Start-Ups Imitating Mother Nature

7 Start-Ups Imitating Mother Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Biomimicry can lead to innovation and efficiency. These companies are taking their inspiration from all over the planet.
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'Invisibility Wetsuit' to Protect Against Sharks Launched in Western Australia

'Invisibility Wetsuit' to Protect Against Sharks Launched in Western Australia | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Suits are designed to mimic nature, some camouflaging swimmers, others warning sharks to stay away
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With Biomimicry: A Regenerative Economy Free From Environmental Debt

With Biomimicry: A Regenerative Economy Free From Environmental Debt | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Building long-term costs into the price of goods would increase price, and companies would avoid environmental damage to bring consumer costs down.
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How Biomimicry Inspired the Design of NOAA’s New Pacific Regional Center in Hawaii

How Biomimicry Inspired the Design of NOAA’s New Pacific Regional Center in Hawaii | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"We used the biological influences of this specific place in Hawaii as the guiding principles for the architecture, building systems and overall experience. Hydronic passive cooling and ventilation supported by a seawater well, natural daylighting and the absence of mechanical fans all support a high-performance design based on the ecology of the Pacific."

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Carmakers Copy Bones to Build Lighter Autos

Carmakers Copy Bones to Build Lighter Autos | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Altair Engineering learns from the secrets of the skeletal system to find the best, lightest way to build cars.
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Synthetic Enamel Through Biomimetics

Synthetic Enamel Through Biomimetics | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Dentists, put away your drills - synthetic tooth enamel can seal tiny cavities without the pain, and with less damage to the patient's teeth."

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Leaf-cutter Ants May Reveal Secrets to Creating Biofuels

Leaf-cutter Ants May Reveal Secrets to Creating Biofuels | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The ants use fungus gardens to break down leaves into food, a process that researchers say they could help them discover new enzymes and proteins useful for turning plant materials into energy.
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You Won't Want To Meet This 3D Printed Spiderbot Alone At Night

You Won't Want To Meet This 3D Printed Spiderbot Alone At Night | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The creepily-lifelike T8 spiderbot from Robugtix dramatically uses bio-inspiration for it's 3D printed form and mechanics. The robot is due for release in September.
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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.

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New Market Research Report on Bioinspired and Nanoengineered Surfaces

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Bioinspired and Nanoengineered Surfaces: Technologies, Applications and Global Markets
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Cheetah-Cub Robot Created: See Other Nature-Inspired Machines

Cheetah-Cub Robot Created: See Other Nature-Inspired Machines | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A new cheetah-cub robot is just the latest in a mechanical menagerie of animal-inspired robots that climb, fly, swim, and slither.
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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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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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Examining How Nature Would Do "Green Chemistry"

Examining How Nature Would Do "Green Chemistry" | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The conversation from the Biomimicry 3.8 Global Conference continues examining how green chemistry works without the artificiality of human interference
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Crickethair Sensor is 'Highlight' of Bio-Inspired Technology

Crickethair Sensor is 'Highlight' of Bio-Inspired Technology | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"One of the top ten highlights of the past year, in terms of technology that is inspired by nature. That was how the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics described a paper by researchers from the University of Twente's MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. The publication describes new technology involving the use of sensors to measure flow patterns. Source of inspiration: the hairs on cricket abdomens."

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Steerable Paper Planes and Maple Seeds the Basis for Life-saving, Disposable UAVs

Steerable Paper Planes and Maple Seeds the Basis for Life-saving, Disposable UAVs | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The term "UAV" generally leads us to think about expensive, high-tech military drones like General Atomics' Predator, but a Robotics team led by Dr. Paul Pounds at Australia's University of Queensland has created a pair of UAVs that are so cheap and easy to manufacture that they'll literally be disposable, single use items. One's basically a high-tech paper plane, while the other follows the form factor of a maple seed with both designed to help save lives in the event of a forest fire."

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It’s the Ecology Stupid! On the Economic Value of Nature

It’s the Ecology Stupid! On the Economic Value of Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"In this exclusive piece, Sunday Times bestselling author and former Friends of the Earth UK Director, Tony Juniper, attacks the common perception that Nature exists separately from our current economic system. For after all, what has Nature really done for us?"

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Giant Crabster Robot to Explore Shipwrecks and Shallow Seas

Giant Crabster Robot to Explore Shipwrecks and Shallow Seas | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The Japanese spider crab is about to lose its title as the world's largest crustacean thanks to a new robot, the Crabster, developed in South Korea. For the past 2 years, researchers at the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) have been working on a giant robot crab that is about the size and weight of a Smart car. This summer it will help scientists explore wrecks below the sea, weathering harsh tidal currents rushing over it at 1.5 m/s."

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Look out! Here Comes the Spider Web! Behind the Quest to Recreate This Powerful Silk.

Look out! Here Comes the Spider Web! Behind the Quest to Recreate This Powerful Silk. | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A Japanese startup called Spiber said it has produced an artificial spider thread that it claims is equal to steel in tensile strength yet as flexible as rubber."

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Social Innovation or Natural Coevolution?

Social Innovation or Natural Coevolution? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Social innovation implies a paradigm change

Innovation is essential for society, because it is the principal mechanism by which societies create and sustain competitive advantage. According to various sources, social innovation implies a paradigm change, or, in other words, it challenges an assembly of beliefs – possessed by an individual, a group or a civilization – that defend as certain and makes them set against the acceptance of other

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Octopuses Inspire 3D-printed Propulsion Systems for Boats

Octopuses Inspire 3D-printed Propulsion Systems for Boats | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Octopuses and squid are amazing animals. Their unique attributes have already inspired invisibility cloak technology and more comfortable medical implants. Now, their ability to flee quickly from predators has inspired a new propulsion system for boats and other water craft."

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Printing Artificial Bone

Printing Artificial Bone | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researchers working to design new materials that are durable, lightweight and environmentally sustainable are increasingly looking to natural composites, such as bone, for inspiration: Bone is strong and tough because its two constituent materials, soft collagen protein and stiff hydroxyapatite mineral, are arranged in complex hierarchical patterns that change at every scale of the composite, from the micro up to the macro."

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Welcoming Nature as a Design Partner

Welcoming Nature as a Design Partner | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The philosopher Eric Hoffer once said, “Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.” This outlook parallels historic attitudes toward the relationship of the made versus the born. The contrasting view—that nature is the source of creativity—is now gaining strength. Biomimicry, which advocates nature as a design mentor rather than a source for raw materials, has influenced many fields and taken form in strategies ranging from metaphorical to manipulative."

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