Biomimicry 3.8
3.6K views | +2 today
Follow
 
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Presentation: Mimic Nature in Your Garden

Presentation: Mimic Nature in Your Garden | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Pat Leuchtman, Author of "The Roses at the End of the Road" reports on a recent presentation by RDG's Jono Neiger to the Greenfield Garden Club entitled, "Mimic
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

How to bioshift your organization

How to bioshift your organization | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Living things and the tasks we perform together grow from the bottom up, developing and changing, adapting and evolving, forming productive, dynamic systems that grow in abundance from one generation to the next.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Copying nature for better flood protection - Ideas - GLOBAL IDEAS Blog - DW.COM

Copying nature for better flood protection - Ideas - GLOBAL IDEAS Blog - DW.COM | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

China’s 'sponge cities' aim to re-use 70% of rainwater – here's how

Engineering solutions are popular interventions, but cities cannot simply pipe away flood risk. Chinese sponge cities offer a way forward.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like? | Cities | The Guardian

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like? | Cities | The Guardian | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Mimicking silk spinning animals to make artificial fibres more green

Mimicking silk spinning animals to make artificial fibres more green | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Sheffield researchers have discovered that silkworms and spiders make fibres by pulling rather than pushing, possibly leading to greener synthetics.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Learning to Speak Shrub - Issue 59: Connections

Learning to Speak Shrub - Issue 59: Connections | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Entomologist Richard Karban knows how to get sagebrush talking. To start the conversation, he poses as a grasshopper or a chewing…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Cactus root-inspired material absorbs water rapidly and efficiently

Cactus root-inspired material absorbs water rapidly and efficiently | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Cellulose fibers, a cryogel, and hydrophilic microparticles come together to mimic the water management system of a cactus.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Farming underwater: 3D solutions for land and sea | Science & Technology | Al Jazeera

Farming underwater: 3D solutions for land and sea | Science & Technology | Al Jazeera | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
We plunge into the deep end of how 3D ocean farming is proving to be thenew sustainable way of food production.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Structural Colour: A Rich Prospect Taxonomic Interface by Carlos Fiorentino —

Carlos Fiorentino is raising funds for Structural Colour: A Rich Prospect Taxonomic Interface on Kickstarter!

A Rich Prospect Taxonomic Interface on Structural Colour, to bridge scientific knowledge and biomimetic design potential
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

AI recreates activity patterns that brain cells use in navigation

AI recreates activity patterns that brain cells use in navigation | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Deep-learning algorithm spontaneously mimicked the activity of specialized neurons that tell us where we are in space.
Janine Benyus's insight:

Stacked mimicry: neuron-mimicking AI learns to mimic biological grid-neuron activity. Escher image.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Food by local farmers. Distribution system by ants. –

Food by local farmers. Distribution system by ants. – | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
By Liv Scott Looking for a way to help a sustainable food system grow, Cullen Naumoff turned to nature. Driving down U.S. 20 toward Cleveland, Cullen Naumoff knew something had to change. Naumoff, director of sustainable enterprise for the Oberlin Project in Oberlin, Ohio, had recently launched a food hub with colleague Heather Adelman. Food …
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

It's Pollinator Week!

It's Pollinator Week! | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Happy Pollinator Week! We incorporate pollinator habitat plants into all of our designs. We have helped clients to install pollinator meadows on family farms, designed urban pollinator strips, and incorporated pollinator-friendly species into campus master plans, healing gardens, urban farms, and residential yards.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

The Simple Algorithm That Ants Use to Build Bridges

The Simple Algorithm That Ants Use to Build Bridges | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Even with no one in charge, army ants work collectively to build bridges out of their bodies. New research reveals the simple rules that lead to such complex
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Research on spider glue resolves sticky problem

Research on spider glue resolves sticky problem | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why paint peels off the wall during summer's high humidity? It's the same reason that bandages separate from skin when we bathe or swim.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Berlin Is Becoming a Sponge City - Bloomberg

Berlin Is Becoming a Sponge City - Bloomberg | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Landscape architects help a city absorb water so it can behave more like nature.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Insects can teach us how to create better technologies

Insects developed technology long before we did, so perhaps they can show us how to use it without damaging the planet.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

This Living, Breathing Chandelier 'Exhales' Oxygen to Purify Air

This Living, Breathing Chandelier 'Exhales' Oxygen to Purify Air | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens
The 70 “petals” of engineer/designer Julian Melchiorri’s  bionic chandelier Exhale contain algae that simulate the natural process of photosynthesis, releasing oxygen to purify the air.
I viewed the chandelier on a private guided tour … Rea
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Plastics News

Plastics News | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Detroit — Some 25 to 45 percent of consumer goods eventually fail in the marketplace and 95 percent of new products miss their sales and performance goals, according to data cited by Seth GaleWyrick, senior mechanical engineer and sustainable design specialist at Bresslergroup, a productGaleWyrick drew connections between a number of modern product designs and their biological inspirations.
A hypodermic needle, for example, features multiple facets that offer convenient sharpening and, in theory, make it less painful as it slides into your skin.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Mimicking Biological Structures to Create Polarization Sensors

Mimicking Biological Structures to Create Polarization Sensors | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
In this article, we look at how biological structures have inspired scientists to create and mimic the polarization sensors found in biological systems and nature.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable

'Bendable concrete' is not an oxymoron. Mimicking designs found in nature, engineers are making concrete that gives under stress without shattering – an advance that could improve US infrastructure.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Researchers Develop New Bio-Based Material Stronger Than Spider Silk

Researchers Develop New Bio-Based Material Stronger Than Spider Silk | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
A new study reveals a new bio-based material that is stronger than allcurrently existing bio-based materials. The new material was createdusing cellulose nanofibres (CNF), the building blocks of plants.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

An Audacious and Bold New Mission from Interface

An Audacious and Bold New Mission from Interface | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Erin Meezan, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of Interface, leads the company on a audacious bold new mission “Climate Take Back,” which is focused on reversing global warming and not just reducing carbon emissions. So how can businesses go from doing less harm to creating positive impact and social …
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Janine Benyus
Scoop.it!

Handedness in shearing auxetics creates rigid and compliant structures

Handedness in shearing auxetics creates rigid and compliant structures | Biomimicry 3.8 | Scoop.it
Auxetic materials expand in an unusual way: perpendicular to the direction in which they are stretched. Lipton et al. engineered a type of auxetic material that also has handedness. When this material is sheared, it twists either to the right or the left. By tiling the underlying patterns onto spheres and cylinders, rigid or compliant structures can be made. Linear and 4-degree-of-freedom actuators can thus be made from hollow tubes, which could be valuable for a variety of engineering and medical applications.

Science , this issue p. [632][1]

[1]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aar4586
more...
No comment yet.