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​In the Future, Your City Could Change Colors Like an Octopus

​In the Future, Your City Could Change Colors Like an Octopus | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Most of us were born and will die a certain color, but octopuses are masters of their hue, changing from transparent to shades of red, pink, purple and blue by stretching and relaxing their skin. If we could unlock their secret and wrap our buildings in octopus skin, then city skylines might shimmer a spectrum of colors and opacities as the sun waxed and waned."


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Sustainable Floating Cities Designed for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Sustainable Floating Cities Designed for a Post-Apocalyptic World | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Global climate change and predictions of large floods and natural disasters are leading to the design of self-sustaining floating cities.

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Robot Octopus Shows Off New Sculls

Robot Octopus Shows Off New Sculls | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Octopi are pro swimmers, thanks (at least in part) to that octet of arms they've got going on. They've adopted a particular swimming gait called sculling, which works great for them, but until they start publishing scientific papers, we're missing out on all of their gait testing data. Roboticists have had to start from scratch, and along the way, they've experimented with some swimming gaits that we've never seen a real octopus try and pull off."


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Movie: swap streetlights with luminous trees - Daan Roosegaarde

Movie: swap streetlights with luminous trees - Daan Roosegaarde | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde explains his idea of replacing streetlights with collections of genetically-modified luminescent plants.
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Imagine trees instead of streetlights! 

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Biomimicry Inspires Squid-like Building - Green Building Elements

Biomimicry Inspires Squid-like Building - Green Building Elements | Biomimicry | 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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Medicines and machines, inspired by nature

Medicines and machines, inspired by nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
For such items as cameras and surgical glue, scientists look to the natural world for clues to building better devices. Here are some examples.
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Flexible Armadillo-Inspired Armor Can Take A Hit : DNews

Flexible Armadillo-Inspired Armor Can Take A Hit : DNews | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Canadian mechanical engineers construct flexible, strong armor from glass that mimics protective animal shells. Continue reading →
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Strong, flexible armor. Mimics protective animal shells like from an armadillo. 70% stronger than unsegmented armor.

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How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation

How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Creative minds are increasingly turning to nature—banyan tree leaves, butterfly wings, a bird's beak— for fresh design solutions
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The iridescent wings of the morphos butterfly could be used in technology to benefit humans.

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