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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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Nature's Way With PET

Nature's Way With PET | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it

Using less material for PET bottles requires the construction of horizontal structures or ribs – the more you add, the stronger and lighter the bottle will be; however, the drawback of this recipe is that it ends with an industrial-looking bottle, where brand values become secondary. To depart from this route, Logoplaste Innovation Lab looked to Nature for inspiration. The Portugal-headquartered rigid plastic packaging manufacturer is perhaps the first to ever use biomimicry to design a PET bottle, and to tap AskNature, the website created by The Biomimicry Institute and the online inspiration source for the biomimicry community.


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Biomimicry Used as a Guiding Force to Design Lavasa Township

Biomimicry Used as a Guiding Force to Design Lavasa Township | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it

"Settled in a picturesque landscape and spread over 12,500 acres is a town of Lavasa which is about 2 hours drive from Mumbai. It is a town that is soon becoming a holistic and planned destination where visitors throng in large numbers. HOK International has worked on the township planning with biomimicry as their guiding principle to design this wide-spread development."


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Biomimicry and Patterns of Nature Can Offer Solutions to Complexity

Biomimicry and Patterns of Nature Can Offer Solutions to Complexity | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it

"[...] people are also starting to look to nature not just for technical assistance, but for system-wide strategic solutions. Whether it is working out the best strategy to deal with economic recessions or contemplating the best way to lay out a new town, problem solvers are looking to nature for deeper insights. And little wonder. Over millions of years nature has managed thousands of interrelated components and living systems that collaborate to deliver a sustainable and self-generating system that benefit all its members. It is the way that nature organises itself to deal with this complexity that is the key for a new way of thinking about our problems according to Tim Winton, the founder of Pattern Dynamics. “Biomimicry takes the tactics of nature to make actual physical mechanisms, but Pattern Dynamics uses the patterns in nature to develop high level principles that can be used to build generative strategies,” he said."


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New technique for creating lightweight materials that are stiffer and stronger than previously possible

New technique for creating lightweight materials that are stiffer and stronger than previously possible | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it

"Using a new biomimetic method, we were able to create cellular and lattice structures similar to those seen in bamboo and human bones." The researchers determined the principal lines of stress, called isostatic lines, in the lattice using a method that combines topology and size optimization. This approach allows the size, shape and orientation of each cell in the structure to be tailored, significantly reducing the stress between neighboring lattice cells. The researchers compared the performance of their graded lattice structure with a uniform lattice core and found that their optimized design had increased stiffness by 172 per cent and strength by 100 per cent. 

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Designing Climate-Change Solutions with Inspiration from Nature

Designing Climate-Change Solutions with Inspiration from Nature | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
A tidal-energy harvester inspired by the human heart. A soil-erosion solution that mimics a kingfisher’s eyelid. A mosquito-control device that functions like carnivorous plants. These technologies are among the eight finalists in a global competition that asks innovators to create radically...
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Squishy Transistors for Shark-Like Electrical Sensors - IEEE Spectrum

Squishy Transistors for Shark-Like Electrical Sensors - IEEE Spectrum | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Blending hydrogels with gold nanoparticles can produce a transistor for extra-sensitive sensors...
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Camouflaged nanoparticles used to deliver killer protein to cancer

Camouflaged nanoparticles used to deliver killer protein to cancer | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
A biomimetic nanosystem can deliver therapeutic proteins to selectively target cancerous tumors, according to a team of Penn State researchers.
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How Nature Can Inspire the Best Digital Design

How Nature Can Inspire the Best Digital Design | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Atlantic BT's new website is inspired by the power of the ocean. There's a word for this design choice: biomimicry. See how it creates innovative designs.
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Biomimetic micro/nanoscale fiber reinforced composites

Biomimetic micro/nanoscale fiber reinforced composites | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Over hundreds of millions of years of evolution, nature has produced a myriad of biological materials that serve either as skeletons or as defensive or offensive weapons. Although these natural structural materials are derived ...
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Making Wood Out Of Synthetic Resin | Asian Scientist Magazine | Science, technology and medical news updates from Asia

Making Wood Out Of Synthetic Resin | Asian Scientist Magazine | Science, technology and medical news updates from Asia | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Researchers in China have developed a family of bioinspired artificial wood from phenolic and melamine resin.
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SoundAffect: Janine Benyus on 3.8 Billion-year-old solutions to today's design challenges / Appalachian Magazine / Appalachian State University

SoundAffect: Janine Benyus on 3.8 Billion-year-old solutions to today's design challenges / Appalachian Magazine / Appalachian State University | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
The official magazine of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., provides stories, podcasts, video and photo galleries. Produced by University Communications.
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Entrepreneurs Who Design Generously: Celebrating Nature-Inspired Innovation With the Ray of Hope Prize

Entrepreneurs Who Design Generously: Celebrating Nature-Inspired Innovation With the Ray of Hope Prize | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
The Biomimicry Launchpad supports a new kind of entrepreneur. Created by the Biomimicry Institute and sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, it’s the world’s only accelerator program that focuses on helping early-stage entrepreneurs bring biomimetic, or nature-inspired, innovations to market.
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Learning from a Barrel Cactus

Learning from a Barrel Cactus | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it

I have recently developed a slight obsession around barrel cactus. They have become my go to organism when introducing biomimicry, especially in workshop exercises that gets an audience engaged in Biomimicry.


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Structuring Biomimicry, Improving Building’s Resiliency

Structuring Biomimicry, Improving Building’s Resiliency | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it

Imitating nature has become a meaningful approach for contemporary architects and design futurists to the built environment, especially for those who foster a future that doesn’t compete with nature but coexist with it. At the light of recent natural disasters around the world, especially those geologically associated such as tsunamis and earthquakes, which have proven its destruction power over the current built environment; architects and structural engineers have found in biomimicry an ecological approach in order to improve future building’s disaster resilience


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Biomimicry Inspires Squid-like Building - Green Building Elements

Biomimicry Inspires Squid-like Building - Green Building Elements | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
The Biotic-Tech Skyscraper City uses biomimicry and is inspired by squid, using transparency, flexibility, movement and protective pigmentation.

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Skin-inspired coating that's as hard as teeth and can heal itself

Skin-inspired coating that's as hard as teeth and can heal itself | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Self-healing smart coatings could someday make scratches on cell phones a thing of the past. But researchers often have to compromise between strength and the ability to self-repair when developing these materials.
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Why Companies Are Looking to the Natural World for Their Next Big Design Concept —

Why Companies Are Looking to the Natural World for Their Next Big Design Concept — | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Biomimcry 3.8 taps into billions of years of R&D by studying beetles, forests, and sea cucumbers
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How dragonfly larvae could inspire more effective artificial heart valves

How dragonfly larvae could inspire more effective artificial heart valves | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
The way dragonfly larvae control the water jets they use to move and breathe could have a range of engineering and medical applications, according to new research. Published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, the study from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), examined how Anisopteran...
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4-D printing reversible shape changing materials with light-based grayscale patterning

4-D printing reversible shape changing materials with light-based grayscale patterning | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Reversible shape change is a highly desirable property for many biomedical applications, including mechanical actuators, soft robotics and artificial muscles. Some materials can change size or shape when irradiated with light, ...
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The Innovation Instinct: Survival of the Fittest in Nature and Business

The Innovation Instinct: Survival of the Fittest in Nature and Business | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Nature has long inspired visionaries to look beyond existing ways of living and thinking.Many notable engineers, architects, designers, and …...
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Biomimicry: Does nature do it better? – podcast | Science | The Guardian

Biomimicry: Does nature do it better? – podcast | Science | The Guardian | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
In this special collaboration between the Guardian’s Science Weekly and Chips with Everything podcasts, we explore why it’s so hard to mimic nature...
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Biomimicry: The Natural Way to Drive Innovation

Biomimicry: The Natural Way to Drive Innovation | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Want a more innovative, agile organization? Look to the ants and bees.
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Biomimicry can take the planet far

Biomimicry can take the planet far | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Jordan Coll/ Contributing Writer With the planet becoming less and less hospitable for life itself, a new approach to sustainability must be discussed in preserving...
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Single-celled architects inspire new nanotechnology

Single-celled architects inspire new nanotechnology | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Diatoms are tiny, unicellular creatures, inhabiting oceans, lakes, rivers, and soils. Through their respiration, they produce close to a quarter of the oxygen on earth, nearly as much as the world's tropical forests.
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The latest in biomimicry and hydrogel innovations - Prescouter - Custom Intelligence, On-Demand

The latest in biomimicry and hydrogel innovations - Prescouter - Custom Intelligence, On-Demand | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Many exciting biomimetic innovations such as hydrogel have been nearing commercialization or recently become commercialized. Here, we highlight a few.
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