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Biomimetic Design
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Shrimp's Eyes Inspire New Cancer-detecting Camera

Shrimp's Eyes Inspire New Cancer-detecting Camera | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it

"Shrimps' eyes have been revealed as the latest weapon against cancer, with their unique vision set to be adapted to diagnostic cameras. University of Queensland research has found the shrimps' compound eyes were able to detect polarised light, which could be mimicked to detect cancer cells."


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Watch A Robot Ride A Hovercycle

Watch A Robot Ride A Hovercycle | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
Drones riding drones to finance even bigger drones.

 


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Using Fungi to Grow Packaging Material

Using Fungi to Grow Packaging Material | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
Biology is influencing design and Biomimicry in packaging is a science that studies nature's models and then uses these designs and processes to solve human problems.

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Sea Creatures Inspire Bottle Design

Sea Creatures Inspire Bottle Design | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it

"Inspired by diatoms and radiolarians, a new bottle used biomimicry as a basis for its new design. [...] Carlos Rego, a designer with Logoplaste Innovation Lab in Portugal, has found functional patterns in nature that have added beauty to his designs for something as utilitarian as a bottle. Those same patterns added strength while decreasing weight — and therefore material — from those bottles. And recently, the organisms that inspired the company’s latest design may also benefit from it. This story is about learning from nature how to minimize materials while still providing needed strength, how to cooperate, and how to design to make products that are not just less harmful to life, but are also restorative."


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Formidable biologically inspired airplanes by Al Brady

Formidable biologically inspired airplanes by Al Brady | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
Al Brady creates some really awesome biologically inspired planes. He is the designer of the awesome pterodactyl combat jets that will be featured in Bastiaan Koch's movie Is This Heaven. His other vehicle creations are cool too.

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The evolution of business: Creating 'firms of the future' through biomimicry

The evolution of business: Creating 'firms of the future' through biomimicry | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
A paradigm shift is underway to innovate, design and plan with nature in mind, says Giles Hutchins.

Bios – life. Mimicry – to copy.
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Water Bear Inspires Refrigeration-free Storage | Conservation Magazine

Water Bear Inspires Refrigeration-free Storage | Conservation Magazine | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
Biological samples are fragile: if they’re not kept at cold temperatures, they quickly degrade. And refrigeration in labs and on trucks, planes, and ships
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The company Biomatrica has developed a solution that allows these fragile materials to be stored at room temperature. The technology mimics the microscopic water bear’s survival strategy. The water bear, an arthropod also known as a tardigrade, lumbers across moist surfaces of mosses and lichens. But when those dry up, the water bear goes into a suspended state that could last anywhere from a few months to a century. Other organisms, such as brine shrimp and the resurrection fern, employ similar strategies to survive extreme conditions.

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Ant Colonies a model for future cities?

Ant Colonies a model for future cities? | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it

Retiree Walter R. Tschinkel is an entomologist and former professor of Biological Science at Florida State University. He recognizes ants as "some of nature's grand architects" and, curious to understand their self-created habitats.

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biomimetic façade: Flectofin

biomimetic façade: Flectofin | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it

The Theme Pavilion designed by soma architecture from Vienna, Austria, is one of the central buildings of the Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea. The main entrance and the side overlooking the expo site are characterized by a moving media façade, which draws attention on the Expo‘s theme The Living Ocean and Coast.

The basis for the development of the biomimetic façade was the analysis of natural movement principles found in the flora world. The use of glass-fiber reinforced plastics (GRP), which combine high tensile strength with low bending stiffness, allo- wed large reversible elastic deformations and thus enabled a completely new interpretation of convertible structures.

 

More: http://simonschleicher.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/flectofin-wins-international-bionic-award-2012/

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Biomimicry in Nature Slideshow | The Nature Conservancy

Biomimicry in Nature Slideshow | The Nature Conservancy | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
Can you spot nature in these architectural designs?
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Albatross's Effortless Flight Decoded—May Influence Future Planes

Albatross's Effortless Flight Decoded—May Influence Future Planes | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
Aerospace engineers may have finally figured out how albatrosses go so far without flapping, and the findings could shape future planes.

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Olympians of the botanical world

Olympians of the botanical world | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it

Taking a look at some of the plants that open the boundaries in the botanical world.

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Aircraft Design Inspired by Nature and Enabled by Tech

Aircraft Design Inspired by Nature and Enabled by Tech | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it

The concept plane, which they hope resembles the real Airbus models of 2050, takes biomimicry as a guiding principle for the design of forms and materials. The most noticeable aspect of this approach is in the fuselage, which, instead of being wrapped in opaque steel, is composed of a web-like network of structural material that looks a bit like a skeleton. In fact, that’s exactly what it should remind you of, because it’s inspired by the bone structure of birds.

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Tentsile, Ingenious Tree Tent by Alex Shirley-Smith

Tentsile, Ingenious Tree Tent by Alex Shirley-Smith | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
Tentsile is a stunning suspended multi-person tree tent, created by UK inventor and designer Alex Shirley-Smith...

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Biomimicry 3D Printed Soft Chair is a Furniture First | Inside3DP.com

Biomimicry 3D Printed Soft Chair is a Furniture First | Inside3DP.com | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
Design student Lilian van Daal has 3D printed a soft chair entirely out of one recyclable material by mimicking plant cells in construction.

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Rowan Edwards's curator insight, September 14, 2014 9:29 PM

We'd get there faster with more biologists and organic chemists at the design table. Biomimicry as a design solution needs more action at the results table.

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Hummingbirds are the 'Jewels of the Jungle' Yet Their Iridescent Plumes are Pigment Free

Hummingbirds are the 'Jewels of the Jungle' Yet Their Iridescent Plumes are Pigment Free | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it

"Beating its tiny wings up to 80 times a second a hummingbird will dart from flower to flower, its iridescent plumage dazzling in the tropical sun. But these busy birds are con artists. Their feathers are pigment-free, the colours the product of microscopic structures that refract sunlight like a prism, spraying out its reds, blues and greens."


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Achim Menges Developes Hygroskin and Hygroscope: Biomimetic Meteorosensitive Pavilions

Achim Menges Developes Hygroskin and Hygroscope: Biomimetic Meteorosensitive Pavilions | Biomimetic Design | 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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Tree of Life | Wellcome Trust

Tree of Life | Wellcome Trust | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
Explore the evolutionary links between living things with the Wellcome Trust's Tree of Life, which celebrate 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.
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Metal that breathes | Metal que respira

Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.

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Endotics system and the inchworm | Sistema endotics y el gusano medidor

Endotics system and the inchworm | Sistema endotics y el gusano medidor | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it

The Endotics® System was first conceived by observing Geometer moths, as robotics often draws inspiration from animal; plant kinematics and dynamics. Matching patients’ expectations (avoiding pain, infection & perforation risks) and physicians’ requirements (preventing work-related injuries), the Endotics® probe propels itself in the colon by mimicking the movements of the inchworm. This particular locomotion allows the probe to adapt itself to the dynamic curves and bends of the colon; this self-conformation feature minimises the unnatural deformation of the colon inherent in conventional colonoscopy.

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Biomimetic Personal Equipment by Jean-Marc Sheitoyan

Biomimetic Personal Equipment by Jean-Marc Sheitoyan | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
The Tactical Knee and Elbow Protection is perhaps the most explicitly biomimetic of Sheitoyan's designs: in order to improve the flexibility and range of motion of knee and elbow pads for tactical situations, he started by 3D scanning a lobster tail and refining the model for manufacturing.
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Biomimetic water filtration

Biomimetic water filtration | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
Sandia National Laboratories has won four awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Sandia’s efforts to develop and commercialize innovative technologies.
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Squishy Robots Change Color, Glow

Squishy Robots Change Color, Glow | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it
A squishy robot inspired by the octopus and squid can change color and even glow in the dark.

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Brazil’s 2016 Olympic Village Inspired By Rainforest

Brazil’s 2016 Olympic Village Inspired By Rainforest | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it

The winning bid for the design of the Olympic village in Rio is based on the shape of tropical flowers, and is designed to be replaced with more needed buildings once the games are over.

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The Bowooss Bionic Inspired Research Pavilion » CONTEMPORIST

The Bowooss Bionic Inspired Research Pavilion » CONTEMPORIST | Biomimetic Design | Scoop.it

The School of Architecture at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, have lead a collaborative research project into bionic inspired wooden shell structures. They have designed and built a temporary pavilion, inspired by the material-efficient construction methods found in nature.

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