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Strange Biology Inspires the Best New Materials | Wired Science | Wired.com

Strange Biology Inspires the Best New Materials | Wired Science | Wired.com | IComputation | Scoop.it
From the shiny, strong nacre that gives abalone shells an unbreakable, opaline sheen, to the goopy mix of proteins fired by a velvet worm that solidify and snare prey upon impact, nature is packed with inspiration for scientists designing new...
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Robot Cheetah Breaks Free of Its Tether, Now Runs on Batteries

Robot Cheetah Breaks Free of Its Tether, Now Runs on Batteries | IComputation | Scoop.it
Not long ago, robots were largely confined to books and movies. Then they started showing up on YouTube, and robot fear became a viral thing. There was that terrifying video of a Boston Dynamics robot wearing fatigues and gas mask.
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“Shell Lace Structure”: Tonkin Liu’s Nature-Inspired Structural Technique

Courtesy of Tonkin Liu Continuing recent research trends in the ways nature can inspire new architectural methods and typologies, London-based
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‘Soft’ Robots From MIT and Harvard Open Up Possibilities for New Class of Bots

‘Soft’ Robots From MIT and Harvard Open Up Possibilities for New Class of Bots | IComputation | Scoop.it
The science of soft robotics is making big leaps as teams from MIT and Harvard have recently shown off new prototypes, hoping to challenge the way people imagine the future of robotics.
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Metropolis Magazine, March 2014

Metropolis Magazine, March 2014 | IComputation | Scoop.it
How biomimetics could be the key to our urban future

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Bionic City's curator insight, March 28, 6:04 PM

'Scientists predict that extreme meteorological events are becoming more frequent and destructive. For instance late last year, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm recorded in the world so far, decimated central island cities in the Philippines. Recent data sourced from the Japanese Meteorological Agency indicated extreme weather occurrences across the globe. These pose critical challenges to our current and future rebuilding programs in cities where extreme weather has become the new “benchmark for disaster prevention,” as suggested during a congress meeting in the Philippines by the UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia Pacific, Senator Loren Legarda. What are the systems and strategies that can get us to resiliency?

 

In searching for sustainable strategies for the Leapfrog Project for Central Philippines rebuilding program, I came across the Global Innovation Science Handbook. The volume, compiled by the International Journal of Innovation Science, contains 50 chapters, each one of which tackles innovation within a variety of industries. The book's ninth chapter, "Biomimetics: Learning from Life," focuses on biomimetics and suggests ways that the built environment can learn from the natural world. The text, written by design scientist and futurist Melissa, grips you with insights on two great fields of human endeavor: leading-edge science and technology. While it has a sense of otherworldliness bordering on “[a] science fiction film set far in the future,” as Sterry describes, it’s delivered in an accessible prose that will be appreciated by practicing architects, designers, and even casual readers. The text provokes thought about biomimetics as the intuitive part of our natural self and environment.' 

 

Read more at http://www.metropolismag.com/Point-of-View/March-2014/We-Can-Make-Our-Cities-More-Resilient-by-Making-Them-More-Natural/

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Head in the Clouds...

Head in the Clouds... | IComputation | Scoop.it
STUDIOKCA, Studio Klimoski Chang Architects, Architecture, Interiors, Industrial Design, Lighting, Jason Klimoski

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The Handibot, a Portable CNC Mill with Unlimited Work Area Capacity, Goes Live on Kickstarter

The Handibot, a Portable CNC Mill with Unlimited Work Area Capacity, Goes Live on Kickstarter | IComputation | Scoop.it
CNC mills live in shops, and power tools are things you can carry around. That's been the paradigm. But building on their successful 17 years of producing and refining CNC mills, ShopBot Tools has now combined the two worlds with their new, portable, crowdfunded Handibot. (The Kickstarter campaign went live about fifteen minutes ago.) The Handibot is what they're calling a "smart tool," and it's essentially a 3-axis CNC mill that you can carry (and run via PC, tablet

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had been waiting for this technique to be developed! Finally precise milling is loosing it's machine-bound limitations!

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Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa wood : Wyss Institute at Harvard

Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa wood : Wyss Institute at Harvard | IComputation | Scoop.it
Wyss Institute at Harvard

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3D printing is getting more and more away from being just nice things!

 

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SimpSymm - Complex procedural geometry for 3d printing

SimpSymm - Complex procedural geometry for 3d printing | IComputation | Scoop.it
Christoph Bader & Dominik Kolb (deskriptiv) are currently working on an algorithm as an application that produces procedural sculptures for 3D printing.

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amazing that these guys really get these complex figures directly working for 3D-printing! without fixing necessary....

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What is Architecture in the Age of Digital Networking?

What is Architecture in the Age of Digital Networking? | IComputation | Scoop.it
Silk Pavilion at the MIT Media Lab, a cross-disciplinary initiative. © Steven Keating I get most of my knowledge about the current trends and
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Digital Grotesque - Preview

Digital Grotesque is an elaborate, fully-enclosed room that is entirely 3D printed. Michael Hansmeyer & Benjamin Dillenburger
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It's just amazing!

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Cities are a new kind of complex system: Part social reactor, part network

Cities are a new kind of complex system: Part social reactor, part network | IComputation | Scoop.it
Scientists have derived a series of mathematical formulas that describe how cities' properties vary in relation to their population size, and then posits a novel unified, quantitative framework for understanding how cities function and grow.
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Systems That Perceive, Think, and Act

Systems That Perceive, Think, and Act | IComputation | Scoop.it
Technological advances are allowing scientists to begin building a cognitive computer that functions like a brain.
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New Artificial Materials Open Possibilities for Manned Space Exploration

New Artificial Materials Open Possibilities for Manned Space Exploration | IComputation | Scoop.it
Space exploration has many challenges, but one inconvenient fact in particular – the lack of oxygen in much of the universe – poses a real challenge to making offworld exploration and living a reality.
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Bio3D’s Incredible Bio-Printer – Can Affordably 3D Print Cells, Proteins, Antibodies, Bacteria & Plastic in One Session

Bio3D’s Incredible Bio-Printer – Can Affordably 3D Print Cells, Proteins, Antibodies, Bacteria & Plastic in One Session | IComputation | Scoop.it
Bio-Printing, a technology which has the potential to allow us to re-engineer the human body, has been making tremendous strides over the last three to four yea
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3ders.org - Aurora Labs launches S1 metal 3D printer on Kickstarter for under $4000 | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - Aurora Labs launches S1 metal 3D printer on Kickstarter for under $4000 | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | IComputation | Scoop.it
West Australian start-up Aurora Labs today releases their metal 3D printer for the consumer market on Kickstarter.
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Wow, Metal 3d printing will be affordable?that really offers new possibilities!
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Digital Matter - Intelligent Constructions

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Digital Matter - Intelligent Constuctions

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A/N Blog . IIT Students Explore the Potential of Carbon Fiber

A/N Blog . IIT Students Explore the Potential of Carbon Fiber | IComputation | Scoop.it
A/N Blog - Quicks hits and big thoughts from The Architect's Newspaper

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Ionut Anton's curator insight, July 12, 1:02 PM

Carbon fiber pavillion

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An Interview with Daniel Büning - 3D Printing Industry

An Interview with Daniel Büning - 3D Printing Industry | IComputation | Scoop.it

reallyAndrew Wheeler is a Technology Officer at 3DP4E.com, who is doing a special interview series with key figures in the world of 3D Printing and Digital Fabrication.


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really an interesting approach on what to do with 3D-printed matter!

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Curved laser bent wood

Curved laser bent wood | IComputation | Scoop.it
This instructable will cover my own experiments with laser kerf bent wood, also known as lattice hinges, and how I tried to create it parametrically t...

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really nice sumary on the topic of how to get flat sheets bended by cutting holes!

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Digital Grotesque . Printing Architecture

Digital Grotesque is the first fully immersive, solid, human-scale, enclosed structure that is entirely 3D printed out of sand. This structure, measuring 16 square…
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I know the works of Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger for quite a while now. But this artwork brings algorythmic design and 3D-printing to a new level.OK, you can see the gaps where pieces are fitted together but solving this is just an issue of time...

 

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3D printable ‘Drone It Yourself’ kit turns almost anything into an unmanned aerial vehicle

3D printable ‘Drone It Yourself’ kit turns almost anything into an unmanned aerial vehicle | IComputation | Scoop.it
Drones are met with a great deal of suspicion at the moment, given that no-one can really agree what, if any, regulations should be imposed on their use in public and private spaces.

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Woodability | CAAD. Blog

Woodability | CAAD. Blog | IComputation | Scoop.it

The color information of the wood sample images are translated from the spatial domain into the frequency domain by applying a Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT). Regularly reappearing features of the image are captured and described by their wave length, amplitude, and phase angle.

By crossing over high and low frequencies from different inputs, by flipping rows to create new symmetry relationships or by applying filters, new and somewhat intriguing kinds of meta-wood are being synthesized following a hidden musical score. The results are not just mirrored but interwoven, not perfectly symmetrical but a bit like a piece of wood cut open and the two halves put side by side – similar but not equal.

 
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NASA and NOAA turn the 'Blue Marble' green in breathtaking new satellite images

NASA and NOAA turn the 'Blue Marble' green in breathtaking new satellite images | IComputation | Scoop.it
Scientists have released new satellite images that show how much of the Earth's surface is covered in vegetation. Using the VIIRS sensor aboard the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite, experts collected...
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