biomimicry

LAST CHANCE: Get a Competitive Design Edge with This FREE Intro to Biomimicry Online Course ($99 Value)

LAST CHANCE: Get a Competitive Design Edge with This FREE Intro to Biomimicry Online Course ($99 Value)

LAST DAY to win this FREE Intro to Biomimicry course to shake up your design career! It's no secret that design and architecture are highly competitive fields, and those in the industry often pay

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How Biomimicry Can Help Designers and Architects Find Inspiration To Solve Problems

How Biomimicry Can Help Designers and Architects Find Inspiration To Solve Problems

This robotic spy plane that mimics the shape and function of a bat in flight is one example of biomimicry. One way to unlock the elucidation biomimicry can offer is by simply getting into nature and

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Studio DRIFT’s Interactive Shylights Mimic How Flowers Attract and Repel Bees

Studio DRIFT’s Interactive Shylights Mimic How Flowers Attract and Repel Bees

Studio DRIFT’s interactive Shylights gracefully move up and down, opening and closing, similar to the way flowers attract and repel pollinating bees. Made from stainless steel, recyclable aluminum,

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Kim Preston Morphs Plastic Trash Into Living Sea Creatures

Kim Preston Morphs Plastic Trash Into Living Sea Creatures

Human beings produce and toss so much plastic out into the ocean that we have created the Pacific Trash Vortex, also known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Gyres swirl this floating rubbish heap

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Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

Transforming robots are not be the exclusive property of cartoons and sci-fi blockbusters anymore. Engineers from MIT have created a tiny device that is capable of folding itself into almost any desirable

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MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

Porcupine quills might seem more hurtful than helpful - but researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are examining the structure of the spines for use in the medical field. For the first

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Coral Reef-Inspired ColoniaTecne Pavilion Spies on Visitors With an LED Display

Coral Reef-Inspired ColoniaTecne Pavilion Spies on Visitors With an LED Display

BIOS Design Collective was inspired by the stealthy communication network of coral reefs when dreaming up their pavilion. Biomimicry uses the lessons learned in nature to create new and sophisticated

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Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse

Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse

The makers of Trotify ask, "Why the long face? Do you have the need for steed?" Now, you can turn your humble pony into a galloping stallion with Trotify, a simple wooden device that fits on your front

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Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

These aren't your grandmother's shag carpets - Alexandra Kehayoglou creates incredible rugs that look like miniature pastures and meadows. Each hand-tufted piece is a tribute to the landscape of the

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Researchers Develop Technique for 3D-Printing Cartilage Implants

Researchers Develop Technique for 3D-Printing Cartilage Implants

Researchers from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. have developed a technique for 3D printing cartilage implants that could be used in the future to repair damaged cartilage in humans. The new

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BIOMIMETIC ARCHITECTURE: Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

BIOMIMETIC ARCHITECTURE: Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

Biomimicry's Cool Alternative: Eastgate Centre in Zimbabwe The Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, typifies the best of green architecture and ecologically sensitive adaptation. The country's largest

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Ernie Button Creates Delicious Desert Landscapes from Breakfast Cereal

Ernie Button Creates Delicious Desert Landscapes from Breakfast Cereal

Who hasn't been tempted to make their own fields from Frosted Flakes or garden from granola? In Button's  collection of photographs titled "Cerealism", the artist constructs scenes from breakfast cereal.

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Azuma Makoto’s Pixelated Bonsai is Made from LEGOs

Azuma Makoto’s Pixelated Bonsai is Made from LEGOs

Botanical artist Azuma Makoto’s latest masterpiece wasn’t crafted from branches and blooms, but instead from LEGOs! The artist has built a life-like bonsai from the popular children’s blocks. The

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Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

Bonsai-Inspired Electree+ Solar Charger Launches on Kickstarter!

From nanoflower solar cells to plant-based computer interfaces, modern technology often looks to nature for design inspiration. The Electree+ designed by Vivien Muller is a bonsai tree-shaped solar

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Nebula 12 Light Fixture Predicts The Weather and Then Brings It Inside!

Nebula 12 Light Fixture Predicts The Weather and Then Brings It Inside!

Do you ever lie in bed for just a minute after opening your eyes, trying to guess what kind of weather you'll see when you look out the window? The Nebula 12 is a concept light fixture that can bring the

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Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Like the opening scene from a science fiction movie, a figure walks into a dimly lit 17th-century church only to discover a giant, 7-foot-tall shining silver dome. As they reach to touch the futuristic

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The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

Welcome to the 21st century where the phones are smart, the computers are tiny, and the limbs are bionic. RSL Steeper's new bebionic3 hand is the newest incarnation of the company's prosthetic. Capable

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New Korean LED Lighting System Is Inspired By The Bioluminescence of Fireflies

New Korean LED Lighting System Is Inspired By The Bioluminescence of Fireflies

In another fantastic example of biomimicry, a team of South Korean scientists is studying fireflies in an effort to develop a better, less expensive LED lens. The team's research sees them essentially

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Datagrove is a Vibrant LED Art Installation that Spouts Twitter Feeds

Datagrove is a Vibrant LED Art Installation that Spouts Twitter Feeds

The installation was commissioned for the ZERO1 “Seeking Silicon Valley’ Biennial in San Jose, California, and will be on view until December 8, 2012. Located in the courtyard of San Jose’s

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Mika Aoki Crafts Hauntingly Beautiful Glass Sculptures Inspired by Microscopic Life

Mika Aoki Crafts Hauntingly Beautiful Glass Sculptures Inspired by Microscopic Life

Taking a cue from nature, glass artist Mika Aoki transforms tiny grains of sand into flowing, organic forms reminiscent of spores, sperm, and viruses. For her pieces, Aoki frequently travels to labs for

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Bruce Munro to Turn a UK Hill Into a Giant Glowing Breast to Raise Awareness for Cancer

Bruce Munro to Turn a UK Hill Into a Giant Glowing Breast to Raise Awareness for Cancer

If you want to raise awareness for breast cancer, there may be no better way to shine a little light on the subject than to build a 12-foot-tall glowing nipple at the top of a 228 meter hill. Staying true

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Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings

Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings

Butterflies are beautiful, delicate marvels of nature. While their lovely appearance may be inspiring, there's nothing a butterfly can teach us about renewable energy - or is there? An ambitious

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BIOSwimmer Robofish to be Launched in US Port to Detect Security Threats

BIOSwimmer Robofish to be Launched in US Port to Detect Security Threats

Boston Engineering has designed a robotic tuna fish called the BIOSwimmer that is capable of detecting weapons and contraband stowed away in ports and harbors. The unique swimming vehicle utilizes Boston

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Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk!

Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk!

Spider Web photo from Shutterstock Spiders are capable of some amazing things - not the least of which is weaving strong-as-steel webs from silk. Now, scientists at the Institut de Physique de Rennes

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Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cells and Ultra High-Density Energy Storage

Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cells and Ultra High-Density Energy Storage

When it comes to capturing the energy of the sun, what better model is there than photosynthetic plants? Researchers at North Carolina State University have cultivated a beautiful crop of germanium

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Andrew MacNair’s Egg Chapel Was Handrafted by Shipbuilders and Assembled by a Local Family in South Korea

Andrew MacNair’s Egg Chapel Was Handrafted by Shipbuilders and Assembled by a Local Family in South Korea

The wood parts were handcrafted by boat builders in Rhode Island and New York, and then shipped in 12 vertical sections to Inchon in South Korea. The Chapel is 30 feet high, 14 feet wide at the floor and

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Swiss Researchers Develop a Roof that “Sweats” to Passively Cool Buildings

Swiss Researchers Develop a Roof that “Sweats” to Passively Cool Buildings

Mammals have the unique ability to moderate their body temperature through perspiration— evaporation on the surface of our skin that helps to keep us from overheating. But if sweating works so well for

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UK Scientists Developing Autonomous Flying Honey Bee Robots!

UK Scientists Developing Autonomous Flying Honey Bee Robots!

Honey Bee Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the UK Universities of Sheffield and Sussex have been collaborating on an ambitious project to produce the first accurate computer models of a honey bee

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Vita’s Gorgeous Flat-Pack Lamps Can be Mixed and Matched to Create Fresh New Designs

Vita’s Gorgeous Flat-Pack Lamps Can be Mixed and Matched to Create Fresh New Designs

We spotted this gorgeous collection of DIY flat-pack lamps by the Danish company Vita at 100% Design during this year's London Design Festival. Interchangeable "petals" made from polypropylene,

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