biomimicry

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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Web-Like Treetop Science Lab Floats High Above Brazil’s Rainforest Canopy

Web-Like Treetop Science Lab Floats High Above Brazil’s Rainforest Canopy

Yi Yvonne Weng's concept includes webbed mesh in three densities, the least dense of which contain metal rods for structural support. The mid-layer has a medium density so that birds may easily pass

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Researchers Create Clog-Free Printer Inspired by the Human Eye

Researchers Create Clog-Free Printer Inspired by the Human Eye

Biomimicry has inspired many unique creations over the years, such as clothing, machines and even armor. But now a team of University of Missouri engineers have used biomimicry to create a

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Solar and Wind-Powered Living Aleutian Home Resembles a Lobster Tail

Solar and Wind-Powered Living Aleutian Home Resembles a Lobster Tail

The 1,365 square foot design sits atop a concrete footing that is half that size. This has numerous functions for a project intended for the cold and icy north. First, it allows small integrated wind

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The Facade of China’s Zoomlion Headquarters Mimics Butterflies, Eagles and Frogs

The Facade of China’s Zoomlion Headquarters Mimics Butterflies, Eagles and Frogs

Either end of the new building has a transforming facade made of hinged steel and glass plates that are mounted on hydraulic arms. The northern end is designed to mimic the flight of butterflies and

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Emotioning Topography: A Solar Parking Canopy That Resembles a Billowing Green Hill

Emotioning Topography: A Solar Parking Canopy That Resembles a Billowing Green Hill

Pordenone, Italy is primarily a stretch of sprawling countryside, but a series of commercial warehouses to the east have given way to an unsightly effect on the lush land. ‘Emotioning

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Studio Bijan H Envisions Using Botanical Hybridization Techniques to Create a Plant Supported Structure

Studio Bijan H Envisions Using Botanical Hybridization Techniques to Create a Plant Supported Structure

Being Nature by Studio Bijan H envisions a nearsighted biotechnological future, which proposes the wielding of specific plants for the growth and re-articulation of architectural elements. The vivarium

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Stuart McMillen’s Insightful Green Cartoon Uncovers the Engineering Secrets Hidden in Trees

Stuart McMillen’s Insightful Green Cartoon Uncovers the Engineering Secrets Hidden in Trees

Trees essentially build themselves from thin air -- their trunks are made almost entirely from carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen - materials which drift past them in the breeze. Can we learn from them

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City in the Sky: Futuristic Flower Towers Soar Above Modern Metropolises

City in the Sky: Futuristic Flower Towers Soar Above Modern Metropolises

The City in the Sky features glass and steel structures that support reflective ponds and sprawling lawns. Groves of trees offer a calm respite from the chaos far below. But the bucolic yet sterile City

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Water Boatman Bug Inspires New Submarine Design That Could Skate On Top of the Ocean!

Water Boatman Bug Inspires New Submarine Design That Could Skate On Top of the Ocean!

A team from the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hexi University in China believe that by studying the superhydrophobicity of the water boatman's hind wings, they can design a submarine that

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Super-Strong Mantis Shrimp Could Inspire New, Tougher Body Armor

Super-Strong Mantis Shrimp Could Inspire New, Tougher Body Armor

The Harlequin (or Peacock) Mantis Shrimp has the fastest recorded punch of any living animal (over 50mph!) - it can even smash through the glass in aquarium tanks. In fact, the shrimp's tough little claws

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A Stunning Field of Origami Paper Flowers Blooms in Nagasaki, Japan

A Stunning Field of Origami Paper Flowers Blooms in Nagasaki, Japan

Commissioned by the Gardening World Cup, Anouk Vogel's Folding for Peace paper garden holds an array of flowers and leaves standing on a circular bed. It was awarded the Silver Medal and Judges' Special

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Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

Charlotte, NC recently showed its commitment to clean energy with the installation of two beautiful bright red solar power installations shaped like trees! Situated at the Discovery Place science museum,

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Soma Architecture’s Solar-Powered One Ocean Pavilion in South Korea Opens Tomorrow

Soma Architecture’s Solar-Powered One Ocean Pavilion in South Korea Opens Tomorrow

Tomorrow, One Ocean, the stunning solar-powered, naturally ventilated Thematic Pavilion designed by Vienna-based Soma Architecture will open in Yeosu, South Korea. The auditorium hails Yeosu’s

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Composer Cheryl Leonard Creates Musical Works from the Sounds of Nature

Composer Cheryl Leonard Creates Musical Works from the Sounds of Nature

It’s not easy to write about sound, so maybe it’s better to start with the objects that emit them. As part of a NSF program which invites artists and writers to explore Antarctica Cheryl spent 6 weeks

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Ukraine’s Unusual Friend House Hotel is Made From Clay, Reeds and Wood

Ukraine’s Unusual Friend House Hotel is Made From Clay, Reeds and Wood

Located near Orel's riverbank, 18-miles away from the city of Dnepropertrovsk, the Friend Hotel is steeped in a lush and green forest. Before its construction, Ryntovt Design did an extended ecological

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Bristol University Creates Artificial Muscles That Can Camouflage Themselves Like Squid

Bristol University Creates Artificial Muscles That Can Camouflage Themselves Like Squid

We love it when scientists look to the natural world for design inspiration - whether they are creating a robot based on the cheetah or vehicles that can jump like a sand flea. Inspired by the mimicry

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Brick Biotope at FABRIKAAT: Bricks That Double as Bird Habitats Showcased in Milan

Brick Biotope at FABRIKAAT: Bricks That Double as Bird Habitats Showcased in Milan

Compelled by the disappearance of house sparrows due to the depletion of their natural environment, students Micaela Nardella and Oana Tudose designed Brick Biotope, a set of bricks that doubles as a

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Floating Jellyfish Robot Propels Itself Through the Air Using Self-Inversion

Floating Jellyfish Robot Propels Itself Through the Air Using Self-Inversion

German automation company Festo has created an extraordinary helium-filled flying robot that propels itself through the air by repeatedly turning itself inside-out. The creation, known as the

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Brilliant Recycled Aluminium WineHive Expands to Hold More Bottles

Brilliant Recycled Aluminium WineHive Expands to Hold More Bottles

The WineHive is a brilliant, simple idea for an eco-friendly wine rack. Taking inspiration from a beehive’s honeycomb shape, the rack is constructed from modular components cut out of a single sheet

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Chinese Researchers Unlock Secret of Butterfly Wings to Make Efficient Solar Power

Chinese Researchers Unlock Secret of Butterfly Wings to Make Efficient Solar Power

Chinese material scientists have been studying the design of butterfly wings to unlock ways to make solar electricity more efficient. Inspired by the way that butterflies use their wings to collect solar

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Boston Dynamics’ Sand Flea Robot Can Jump 30 Feet Into the Air

Boston Dynamics’ Sand Flea Robot Can Jump 30 Feet Into the Air

The sand flea is one of the natural world's most astounding jumpers, capable of leaping huge distances in a single bound. Inspired this amazing insect, Boston Dynamics has created an 11 pound robot that

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Virginia Tech Team Creates a Self-Charging Robo-Jellyfish

Virginia Tech Team Creates a Self-Charging Robo-Jellyfish

A team from Virginia Tech has created the Robo-Jellyfish, a swimming robot that is powered by a hydrogen-based catalytic reaction. This robot has not only the ability to power itself indefinitely, but it

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Porky Hefer’s Cozy Human Nests Hang From the Treetops!

Porky Hefer’s Cozy Human Nests Hang From the Treetops!

Porky Hefer has been working as a creative consultant since 2007. His human nests are specially designed for each customer, context and needs. They can be hung from trees, posts, or even suspended

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HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s San Francisco office received a jury recognition award for their net-zero “Battery Park” design, which features a remarkable algae facade. A combination of load reduction, waste

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