biomimicry

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 Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

We’ve showcased several attempts at creating the ultimate invisibility cloak - but the “Anti-Shark” Wetsuit is the world’s first design that renders divers and surfers invisible to sharks!

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Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

Electree Mini uses the same technology as its predecessor. It captures light through flexible mini solar panels held by the branches, mimicking the process of photosynthesis. The completely autonomous

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World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

Scientists at the Imperial College London have developed the world’s first flying 3D printer. Using small, preprogrammed drones, Dr. Mirko Kovac and his team from the Aerial Robotics Laboratory have

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The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

In this utopian superstructure offices, research labs, housing, and communal areas are interspersed between orchards, farms, and production rooms. Plant and animal farming is arranged throughout the

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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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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

It's a scientific fact that there's nothing cuter than a baby sloth in a bucket. But even if Facebook 'likes' turn out not to correlate with biological fitness, sloths are a runaway success by any

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

You know bats and dolphins 'echolocate' to find their prey, sending out blips of squeaky SONAR-like sound waves that bounce off fish or moths in the dark. And people do it, too, using expensive equipment.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks?

Cephalopods are the undisputed masters of camouflage. While their relatives, the clams, stayed brainless and safe on the seabeds-of-old, the ancient nautilus (think squid-in-a-shell) made a daring foray

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Ingo Arndt’s Amazing Book Reveals the Wonderful World of Animal Architecture

Ingo Arndt’s Amazing Book Reveals the Wonderful World of Animal Architecture

The Indonesian vogelkop bowerbird build intricate stick tower nests to attract mates. They decorate them with flowers, fruits, mushrooms, and even trash left in the forest by tourists. Australian

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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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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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