biomimicry

Marjan van Aubel’s Solar-Powered Current Table Uses Photosynthesis to Charge Your Gadgets

Marjan van Aubel’s Solar-Powered Current Table Uses Photosynthesis to Charge Your Gadgets

The table’s clear orange glass work surface rests on triangular wooden legs. Inside the glass panel is a dye-synthesized solar cell that creates energy using the same mechanism as plants-photosynthesis.

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Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants

Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants

Can't decide on a green roof or a vertical garden? No problem, just do both! R&Sie Architects designed the aptly-named 'Lost in Paris' house for an 'urban witch' who feeds the house through 300

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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Festo Uses Biomimicry to Design an Energy Efficient Bouncing Bionic Kangaroo

Festo Uses Biomimicry to Design an Energy Efficient Bouncing Bionic Kangaroo

The prospect of a bouncing robotic kangaroo may seem crazy, but German-based engineering company Festo discovered that basing robot motion on the kangaroo’s hop is incredibly energy efficient. Known for

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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Hyper Filter Skyscraper Inhales Greenhouse Gases and Exhales Pure Oxygen

Hyper Filter Skyscraper Inhales Greenhouse Gases and Exhales Pure Oxygen

With current air pollution levels in global cities, harmful substances spread over hundreds of kilometers and convert entire regions and even countries into pollution sources. This skyscraper was designed

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Triton Scuba Mask Transforms Divers into Human Fish

Triton Scuba Mask Transforms Divers into Human Fish

South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon just unveiled a conceptual scuba mask that would allow divers to breathe underwater without air tanks. The mask, called the Triton, consists of two branching arms

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Planet 3 Studios Weaves Amazing Nest-Like Meeting Room From Recycled Pine Wood Strips

Planet 3 Studios Weaves Amazing Nest-Like Meeting Room From Recycled Pine Wood Strips

The project was inspired by Baya weaver birds known for making complex nests, and its sculptural, fluid form evokes those designs. It twists and turns in an engaging manner and fulfils the programmatic

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

The platypus is a funny little mammal found in Eastern Australia and Tasmania. Aside from echidnas (the also-very-weird Australian spiny anteaters) they are the only living mammals that lay eggs. This

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Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe Takes Root in Japan

Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe Takes Root in Japan

Overlooking the ocean, the Naha Harbor Diner claims to offer "farm-fresh vegetables, juicy chickens and pork" and "native salts." And as we all know, native and local foods cut down on shipping and

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Artist Jason deCaires Taylor Builds an Incredible Coral Reef from Sunken Statues

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor Builds an Incredible Coral Reef from Sunken Statues

We probably don’t have to mention the life-threatening conditions natural reefs are under today due to human behavior. However, artificial reefs, which are quite a new phenomenon, have proved to be a

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and fish school,

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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Volcano-Inspired Halo Tower Wins Third Place at the Antenna Tower Santiago Competition

Volcano-Inspired Halo Tower Wins Third Place at the Antenna Tower Santiago Competition

The competition jury made the decision based on several factors, including technical innovation, landmark potential and the new structure's physical relationship with the existing sculpture of the Virgin

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Mollusk-Inspired Super Material is 200 Times Stronger than Standard Glass

Mollusk-Inspired Super Material is 200 Times Stronger than Standard Glass

Abalone Shell photo from Shutterstock Cracked smartphone screens and shattered windows may be a thing of the past. Scientists at McGill University in Montreal have created a new type of glass that is

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Superhydrophobic Coatings Could Prevent Wind Turbines from Becoming Giant Icicles During Cold Winter Months

Superhydrophobic Coatings Could Prevent Wind Turbines from Becoming Giant Icicles During Cold Winter Months

GE is developing new superhydrophobic coatings that allow turbines to keep pumping out energy in sub-zero temperatures. As Arctic temperatures again begin to engulf nearly every corner of the United

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NYU Researchers Create a Super Light, Flying Jellyfish Drone that Flaps into the Air

NYU Researchers Create a Super Light, Flying Jellyfish Drone that Flaps into the Air

Researchers at New York University’s Applied Math Lab unveiled a new drone inspired by nature that mimics the movement of a jellyfish. While it might sound like something destined for an aquatic life,

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

In business, innovation is non-negotiable. Stay fresh, rot, or go stale. That’s never been truer than today, with volatile prices, weather, regulations, supply chains, and public sentiment. You don’t

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Orproject’s Shimmering Vana LED Installation Grows Like a Tree

Orproject’s Shimmering Vana LED Installation Grows Like a Tree

Orproject's Vana installation consists of four columns that stretch up to the gallery ceiling. The geometric perforations are controlled by a tensile system that bends and compresses the panels to create

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Dutch Willowman Creates Whimsical Sculptures in Enchanted Forest Settings

Dutch Willowman Creates Whimsical Sculptures in Enchanted Forest Settings

Will Beckers (known as The Willowman) creates stunning, ephemeral, site-specific sculptures made from re-used local materials. He started out working with clay but now incorporates a variety of natural

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Turtle-Inspired Robot Helps Archaeologists Explore Shipwrecks

Turtle-Inspired Robot Helps Archaeologists Explore Shipwrecks

The U-CAT, an adorable turtle-shaped robot designed to explore underwater wrecks, debuts today in the Robot Safari exhibit at the London Science Museum. The robot has been specially designed to maneuver

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can Parasites Teach us About Zombies?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can Parasites Teach us About Zombies?

Halloween is tomorrow, and this young girl's fancies are turning to, what else? Zombies! Yes, we all secretly worry about the coming zombie apocalypse, though not enough to assemble the

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Colorful Ice Teepees Provide Temporary Frozen Flora Shelter for Canadian Hikers

Colorful Ice Teepees Provide Temporary Frozen Flora Shelter for Canadian Hikers

The architects wanted to create a design that would use a limited set of tools and rely mostly on the site's natural conditions. They chose reinforced ice, refined with organic materials gathered from six

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can Vultures Teach Us About Sterilization and Specialization?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can Vultures Teach Us About Sterilization and Specialization?

Did you know a coven of vultures swirling overhead is called a 'kettle?' I love that. It makes me think of a fortune teller's black magic tea-leaves, steeping in her stove-top cauldron. And of course, we

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Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

I’m fascinated by creatures that create new ways of life for others. Ecologists talk about ‘keystone species,’ ones which support entire ecosystems, like the central stone in a renaissance archway.

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

It's frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn't have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s population. But

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Nutcracker Teach Us About Farming and Regeneration?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Nutcracker Teach Us About Farming and Regeneration?

This morning I awoke to a blanket of soft white icing on the mountains around my Montana cabin, sweetly pink in the first light of day. Winter has breathed its first chill sigh here, and the lodge is

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

In my last column for The Biomimicry Manual, I mentioned the way the sea snake keeps herself clean of barnacles and algae by shedding her skin. Keeping surfaces clean is a huge challenge and a big

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