biomimicry

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

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Siemens Develops More Efficient Wind Turbine Blades Based on Dinosaurs!

Siemens Develops More Efficient Wind Turbine Blades Based on Dinosaurs!

In the past we've seen biomimetic wind turbines inspired by whale fins and species of trees, however now designers are looking to extinct animal species to create next-generation turbines. Engineering

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Chun Qing Li’s Sustainable Wooden Kreod Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival

Chun Qing Li’s Sustainable Wooden Kreod Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival

Chun Qing Li, Managing Director of Pavilion Architecture and Greenwich University's Proffesor, told us that he designed KREOD pavilion to resemble three giant seeds. Measuring 215 square foot each pod,

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Scary Deep Sea Angler Lamp Combines Recycling and Energy-Efficient Lighting

Scary Deep Sea Angler Lamp Combines Recycling and Energy-Efficient Lighting

With a lantern suspended inches above its razor-sharp gnashers, the Deep Sea Angler Fish is a lamp that'll make you think twice before turning the light on. The five-foot-tall lighting fixture, designed

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Lobster-Inspired GasPod Airfoils Could Give Cars a Fuel Efficiency Boost

Lobster-Inspired GasPod Airfoils Could Give Cars a Fuel Efficiency Boost

Bob Evans, an industrial designer and master RF mold maker has designed these unique GasPod airfoils to help drivers make their cars more aerodynamic, and thereby more fuel efficient. Reportedly inspired

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DARPA’s Robot Cheetah Can Now Run Faster Than Usain Bolt!

DARPA’s Robot Cheetah Can Now Run Faster Than Usain Bolt!

In March, we reported that Boston Dynamics and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Cheetah bot had shattered the world speed record for legged robots with a running speed of 18 mph. At

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Singapore’s Armadillo House Blocks Out Noise Pollution with a Unique Shell

Singapore’s Armadillo House Blocks Out Noise Pollution with a Unique Shell

The two-and-a-half-story corner terrace house is located just across the street from a busy expressway. From the beginning of its design, both the family and the architects were worried about noise,

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Develops Solar System Inspired by Sunflowers

University of Wisconsin-Madison Develops Solar System Inspired by Sunflowers

In January, Inhabitat reported that scientists at MIT and RWTH Aachen University were revolutionizing the effectiveness of concentrated solar plants by emulating the pattern found on a sunflower known in

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Fungus-Infused Superplants Could Survive Forthcoming US Droughts

Fungus-Infused Superplants Could Survive Forthcoming US Droughts

A group of scientists from the University of Washington in Seattle and New Mexico State University believe they have found the key in making plants robust enough to endure extreme drought conditions, like

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Flexible Robot Meshworm Can Inch its Way Into the Tightest Spaces

Flexible Robot Meshworm Can Inch its Way Into the Tightest Spaces

Taking inspiration from the creepy crawly movements of the earthworm, scientists at MIT have developed a high-tech robot that can squeeze its way into virtually any space. Called the Meshworm, the wire

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Korean Scientists Have Made Artificial Skin From ‘Nanohair’ Fibers

Korean Scientists Have Made Artificial Skin From ‘Nanohair’ Fibers

A team of South Korean researchers have created a synthetic equivalent to human skin that is able to detect pressure as well as stresses and forces being applied to it, such as pinching. This artificial

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Mantabot: University of Virginia Engineers Build a Robot that Looks and Swims Like a Ray

Mantabot: University of Virginia Engineers Build a Robot that Looks and Swims Like a Ray

There are few more graceful swimmers in the ocean than the ray - ”batiod” rays, such as mantas and stingrays, are quick, agile, and energy-efficient.  Engineers are using these fascinating

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Caltech and Harvard Scientists Create Artificial Jellyfish From Rat Cells

Caltech and Harvard Scientists Create Artificial Jellyfish From Rat Cells

Scientists from Caltech and Harvard University have created Medusoid, a free swimming artificial jellyfish created from the heart muscle cells of a rat. The successful experiment suggests that it could be

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