biomimicry

Johan Scherft Creates Amazingly Realistic Birds From Paper

Johan Scherft Creates Amazingly Realistic Birds From Paper

Scherft started making his papercraft birds at 14 and coloring the models with colored pencil. His works earned him admission to the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague where he studied painting, graphic

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

Last week we reported on the groundbreaking new media platform Earth 2 Hub which aims to create a space for the world's most creative artists, designers, scientists, and storytellers to explore and share

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Folding Lotus Mobile Solar Array Provides Pop-Up Power Generation

Folding Lotus Mobile Solar Array Provides Pop-Up Power Generation

Arizona-based Monarch Power has unveiled a folding, flower-shaped solar array that creator Joseph Hui hopes will take solar power from being "strapped down" to being "light, personal and portable." While

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Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

3D printing is already capable of fabricating a beak for an injured bald eagle and three-quarters of a prosthetic human skull. Now, scientists at the University of Notre Dame have successfully recreated

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Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes

Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes

Scientists from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Research Center on Animal Cognition have used robot technology to shed light on how ants forage and navigate. By creating sugar cube-sized

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Cryo: Virginia Tech Creates Giant 170-Pound Jellyfish Robot!

Cryo: Virginia Tech Creates Giant 170-Pound Jellyfish Robot!

When you imagine a high-stakes Navy spy mission, you might think of something like a shark with laser beam on its head, a swift and graceful manta ray, or even some sort of mechanical fish. Instead,

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Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

When you think of bacteria, the last word that might come to mind is "clean." However, researchers at the University of East Anglia have made a breakthrough in battery technology that will allow microbes

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MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Silkworm-Inspired Pavilion Using a Robotic Arm

MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Silkworm-Inspired Pavilion Using a Robotic Arm

Photo via Shutterstock MIT has unveiled plans to 3D print a pavilion inspired by the technique that silkworms use to build their cocoons. Data that tracks the movement of a silkworm as it makes its

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Amphibious Robot Salamander Could Aid Medical Reseach in Switzerland

Amphibious Robot Salamander Could Aid Medical Reseach in Switzerland

Over the past few years, many scientists have looked to nature for inspiration and brought us robotic animals ranging from fish to cheetahs, fleas and even bees. The Swiss Federal Institute of

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Urban Earth Worm Skyscraper Roots Out Urban Soil and Air Pollution

Urban Earth Worm Skyscraper Roots Out Urban Soil and Air Pollution

There's no denying that Seungsoo's skyscraper concept mimics the earthworm's shape as well as its personality. The narrow, cylindrical structure swoops and curves, extending horizontally throughout the

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pH Conditioner: Floating Jellyfish Skyscrapers Combat Air Pollution While Producing Fresh Water

pH Conditioner: Floating Jellyfish Skyscrapers Combat Air Pollution While Producing Fresh Water

Hao Tian, Huang Haiyang, and Shi Jianwei's PH Conditioner Skyscrapers received an honorable mention in the2013 eVolo Skyscraper competition. The fantastical proposal soaks up damaging acidic pollutants

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The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand Can Now Tie Shoelaces, Peel Vegetables and Even Touch Type

The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand Can Now Tie Shoelaces, Peel Vegetables and Even Touch Type

An upgrade to the high-tech BeBionic3 prosthetic hand is enabling one man to perform incredibly sophisticated operations such as dealing cards, tying his own shoelaces and touch typing on a computer

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Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline

Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline

Honey bee populations around the world are in decline due to causes ranging from 'super mites' to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and even cell phones - and if the insects disappear completely the planet's

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Man Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced with a 3D-Printed Implant

Man Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced with a 3D-Printed Implant

Feel like you have lost your head? No problem, simply print yourself another. An unnamed man from the US was able to do just that, courtesy of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) in Connecticut. He had his

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MIT’s Cheetah Robot Could Soon Match its Real-Life Counterpart in Efficiency

MIT’s Cheetah Robot Could Soon Match its Real-Life Counterpart in Efficiency

Last year, we reported that MIT's cheetah robot broke the speed record for four-legged robots by running at 18mph. Now, MIT researchers say that their robotic version of the wild cat may soon outpace its

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Boston Dynamics Equips BigDog Robot With an Arm Strong Enough to Throw Cinder Blocks

Boston Dynamics Equips BigDog Robot With an Arm Strong Enough to Throw Cinder Blocks

Over the years, robotics company Boston Dynamics has developed a number of robots that take inspiration from nature such as the Cheetah, PETMAN and Rise. Among the most famous of their designs is BigDog,

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Tim Van Cromvoirt’s Trippy Thermophores Change Color with Heat

Tim Van Cromvoirt’s Trippy Thermophores Change Color with Heat

Dutch designer Tim Van Cromvoirt wanted to create a wall application that would look organic and act like living organism. So he used his final year at the ST. Joost Academy, in Breda to experiment

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3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

If the Tin Man were looking for a modern heart instead of an oversized pocket watch, it might look a little something like this. Scientists at the University of West England in Bristol have fabricated a

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Biopesticides Grown From Mushrooms Offer Non-Toxic Way to Protect Crops From Unwanted Guests

Biopesticides Grown From Mushrooms Offer Non-Toxic Way to Protect Crops From Unwanted Guests

Locust on barley photo from Shutterstock Feeding seven billion hungry humans is no easy task - especially when crop-killing insects are competing for first dibs on agriculture. Deadly chemical

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Sea Urchins’ Nickel Nanoparticles Could Hold the Key to Carbon Capture

Sea Urchins’ Nickel Nanoparticles Could Hold the Key to Carbon Capture

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists at Newcastle University have discovered a way of capturing carbon dioxide inspired by the technique sea urchins use to grow their shell. The creatures absorb carbon

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Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL pipeline has some big competition, and it is coming from a number of very small challengers. Scientists at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA are working under a

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The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjet

The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjet

With large companies such as Organovo and Autodesk teaming up to fabricate living tissue, you might think that bioprinting is out of the scope of the average DIYer. But when it comes to technology, human

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Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, nothing can quite compare to leaves. Using chlorophyll to convert light into usable chemical energy, photosynthesis has long been a source of inspiration

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Grace: The Robotic Fish That Can Detect Water Pollution

Grace: The Robotic Fish That Can Detect Water Pollution

When it comes to swimming through the water with efficiency and ease, gliding is the best way to get around. A team of engineers led by Xiaobo Tan from Michigan State University have refined their

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A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum

A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum

When there is an earthquake, we may feel as though the world has been thrown into a state of chaos. Yet even the most violent of shifts in the earth's crust have a sort of rhythm and order. On February

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Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to Help Combat Climate Change

Like death and taxes, we once thought that the weather was out of our control - however technology could one day enable us to manipulate the skies above. The Cloud Machine, created by interdisciplinary

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VelociRoACH: A Tiny, Super-Fast Robot Cockroach Made from Cardboard That Can Save Lives

VelociRoACH: A Tiny, Super-Fast Robot Cockroach Made from Cardboard That Can Save Lives

It may not be able to survive a nuclear blast, but this tiny VelociRoACH robot is pretty darn impressive. Although it's just 4-inches long, the VelociRoACH can run so fast that it covers 27

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Maison Escalier is a Tree-Like Parisian Home Wrapped With a Leafy Sun Shade

Maison Escalier is a Tree-Like Parisian Home Wrapped With a Leafy Sun Shade

The interior of Maison Escalier is creatively designed with stark white-painted walls that contrast with rich, warm black locust wood floors and ceilings. The black locust wood also covers the central

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Marc Sparfel Crafts a Menagerie of Animals From Discarded Furniture

Marc Sparfel Crafts a Menagerie of Animals From Discarded Furniture

In every old piece of furniture lies a personality waiting to emerge. Artist Marc Sparfel has the unique talent of seeing the souls trapped in table legs and chair backs and gives new life and value to

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Tim Van Cromvoirt’s Lungplant Lamps Breathe Just Like Living Organisms

Tim Van Cromvoirt’s Lungplant Lamps Breathe Just Like Living Organisms

We love objects that are interactive, move and change shape as if they were alive. An expert on the matter, designer Tim van Cromvoirt created a mesmerizing series of lamps called Lungplants. These

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