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Dolphin algorithm could lead to better medical ultrasounds

Dolphin algorithm could lead to better medical ultrasounds | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Millions of years of evolutionary fine-tuning have made dolphins phenomenally good at using echolocation to orient themselves, find food and communicate with one another. But how do they actually do it? New research shows that they emit two intertwined ultrasound beam components at different frequencies -- and with slightly different timing.
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Urban trees can store almost as much carbon as tropical rainforests

Urban trees can store almost as much carbon as tropical rainforests | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
City trees aren’t just nice decoration–they’re a key factor in stopping climate change.
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Video: Microcapsules help concrete heal itself

Video: Microcapsules help concrete heal itself | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Self-healing concrete can be made several ways. University of Cambridge reseachers developed a method using microcapsules to deliver mineral healing agents.
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One company's mission to reverse global warming

One company's mission to reverse global warming | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
As a lead up to Sustainable Brands conference SB’18 , students, alumni, and faculty of our MA in Sustainable Design program interviewed selected speakers — leaders in corporate sustainability initiatives.  In this blog we share our interview with Erin Meezan, Vice President and Chief...
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Nature is Intelligent: Pentagon Studies Insects for AI Biomimicry Design

Nature is Intelligent: Pentagon Studies Insects for AI Biomimicry Design | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Through studying bugs, the Pentagon aims to identify new computing paradigms that will enable improved AI with considerably reduced training times and power consumption.
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This million-core supercomputer inspired by the human brain breaks all the rules

This million-core supercomputer inspired by the human brain breaks all the rules | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
SpiNNaker's spiking neural network mimics the human brain, and could fuel breakthroughs in robotics and health.
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Biomimicry: Gull Birds Could Help Inspire Better Airplane Design

Biomimicry: Gull Birds Could Help Inspire Better Airplane Design | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Biomimicry takes full effect as UBC researchers look to gulls for airplane innovation.
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Biomimetic Strategy Leads to Strong, Recyclable Rubber

Biomimetic Strategy Leads to Strong, Recyclable Rubber | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Inspired by nature, Chinese scientists have produced a synthetic analogue to vulcanized natural rubber. Their material is just as tough and durable as the original.
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How Biomimicry Enhances Creativity in Architecture

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The term ‘biomimicry’ originates from the Greek words bios, meaning life and mimesis, meaning imitate. It refers to imitating natura
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Bionic design: The future of lightweight structures: CompositesWorld

Bionic design: The future of lightweight structures: CompositesWorld | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Biomimicry evolves into a systematic design process for optimizing efficient, lightweight structures.
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Saved by the Bee: Biomimicry and the Nature of Investing

Saved by the Bee: Biomimicry and the Nature of Investing | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
In her book, Katherine Collins discusses how biomimicry can make the world of investing more sustainable and resilient.
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Collecting clean water from air, inspired by desert life | EurekAlert! Science News

Collecting clean water from air, inspired by desert life | EurekAlert! Science News | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
A pair of new studies from researchers at The Ohio State University offers a possible solution to water scarcity, inspired by nature.
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Being in Nature Makes Your Heart Healthier

Being in Nature Makes Your Heart Healthier | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
New research finds that exposure to the natural world lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing stress.
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An ant colony has memories that its individual members don’t have

An ant colony has memories that its individual members don’t have | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
For people, memory is the capacity to recall something that happened in the past. We also ask computers to reproduce past actions – the blending of the idea of the computer as brain and brain as computer has led us to take 'memory' to mean something like the information stored on a hard drive. We know that our memory relies on changes in how much a set of linked neurons stimulate each other; that it is reinforced somehow during sleep; and that recent and long-term memory involve different circuits of connected neurons. But there is much we still don't know about how those neural events come together, whether there are stored representations that we use to talk about something that happened in the past, or how we can keep performing a previously learned task such as reading or riding a bicycle. Any living being can exhibit the simplest form of memory, a change due to past events. Look at a tree that has lost a branch. It remembers by how it grows around the wound, leaving traces in the pattern of the bark and the shape of the tree. You might be able to describe the last time you had the flu, or you might not. Either way, in some sense your body 'remembers', because some of your cells now have different antibodies, molecular receptors, which fit that particular virus.Past events can alter the behaviour of both individual ants and ant colonies. Individual carpenter ants offered a sugar treat remembered its location for a few minutes; they were likely to return to where the food had been. Another species, the Sahara Desert ant, meanders around the barren desert, searching for food. It appears that an ant of this species can remember how far it walked, or how many steps it took, since the last time it was at the nest.A red wood ant colony remembers its trail system leading to the same trees, year after year, although no single ant does. In the forests of Europe, they forage in high trees to feed on the excretions of aphids that in turn feed on the tree. Their nests are enormous mounds of pine needles situated in the same place for decades, occupied by many generations of colonies. Each ant tends to take the same trail day after day to the same tree. During the long winter, the ants huddle together under the snow. The Finnish myrmecologist Rainer Rosengren showed that when the ants emerge in the spring, an older ant goes out with a young one along the older ant's habitual trail. The older ant dies and the younger ant adopts that trail as its own, thus leading the colony to remember, or reproduce, the previous year's trails.
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Hedgehog Spines Hold the Secret to Preventing Concussions

Hedgehog Spines Hold the Secret to Preventing Concussions | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
The biomimicry company Hedgemon is making helmets that are inspired by hedgehog spines to prevent concussions.
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Carbon nanotubes mime biology

Carbon nanotubes mime biology | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Cellular membranes serve as an ideal example of a system that is multifunctional, tunable, precise and efficient.
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This man thinks like a biologist but designs like an engineer

This man thinks like a biologist but designs like an engineer | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Tak-Sing Wong draws inspiration from pitcher plants and phagocytosing cells to create bio-inspired synthetic surfaces with a wide array of applications.
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Natural Capital Coalition | A Tiny Crustacean Holds Major Clues for Improving Renewable Energy

Natural Capital Coalition | A Tiny Crustacean Holds Major Clues for Improving Renewable Energy | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
“Scientists have discovered that a wood-eating crustacean may hold the secret to unlocking a huge source of renewable energy from wood, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Gribbles, small, translucent marine crustaceans who feed on the sugars found in planks and logs, possess a natural mechanism to digest and release all the nutrients in wood.
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Wasp parasite inspires super-thin camera

​Xenos peckii is a parasitic insect that spends much of its life cycle within the body of a wasp, but it's also known for its unusual eye structure. By copying that structure, scientists have created an ultra-slim camera that could allow for the manufacturing of thinner-than-ever smartphones.
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Biomimicry: Gull Birds Could Help Inspire Better Airplane Design

Biomimicry: Gull Birds Could Help Inspire Better Airplane Design | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Biomimicry takes full effect as UBC researchers look to gulls for airplane innovation....
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Biomimetic Strategy Leads to Strong, Recyclable Rubber

Biomimetic Strategy Leads to Strong, Recyclable Rubber | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Inspired by nature, Chinese scientists have produced a synthetic analogue to vulcanized natural rubber. Their material is just as tough and durable as the original.
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One company's mission to reverse global warming

One company's mission to reverse global warming | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
As a lead up to Sustainable Brands conference SB’18 , students, alumni, and faculty of our MA in Sustainable Design program interviewed selected speakers — leaders in corporate sustainability initiatives.  In this blog we share our interview with Erin Meezan, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface. Erin Meezan, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, leads the company on an audacious →
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STEM Activity for 1st Grade: Nature-Inspired Design

STEM Activity for 1st Grade: Nature-Inspired Design | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
This video describes a project in which students used design thinking and nature inspired design to engineer a tool for a family activity.
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Bioluminescent substance discovered in Brazilian cave worm larva

Bioluminescent substance discovered in Brazilian cave worm larva | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
An insect larva found in the caves of Intervales State Park, an Atlantic Rainforest remnant in the municipality of Ribeirão Grande, São Paulo State, Brazil, was initially of no interest to the research group led by biochemist Vadim Viviani, a professor at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) in Sorocaba. The researchers are investigating bioluminescence, the capacity of living organisms to produce their own light.
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Students build device to extract carbon dioxide from the air

Students build device to extract carbon dioxide from the air | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
A group of Cal Poly students and graduates are working to combat climate change with a carbon dioxide capturing device.
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Learning the Lessons of the Planet –

Learning the Lessons of the Planet – | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
As a science educator, I feel we can and should do a far better job of helping people see and understand the systems that govern our world, and internalize the lessons they can teach us. 
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