biomimicry

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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Nervous System’s Ethereal 3D-Printed LED Leaf Lamps Shine Light on Natural Design

Nervous System’s Ethereal 3D-Printed LED Leaf Lamps Shine Light on Natural Design

Nervous System is a "generative design studio" that harnesses cutting-edge technology to create art, jewelry, and housewares modeled after processes found in nature. They develop computer programs that

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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 of

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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 heat recovery, and

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Cocoon_FS: Pohl Architects Unveils Prefab Plankton-Inspired Pod Building in Germany

Cocoon_FS: Pohl Architects Unveils Prefab Plankton-Inspired Pod Building in Germany

The illustrious Cocoon_FS pavilion was constructed from leaf-like panels of fiber-reinforced polymer. Fifteen original base modules were designed and a total of 220 modules were

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HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it has selected HOK as an official design partner for Project Haiti - a building designed to LEED Platinum principles that will replace a

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Bioluminescent Bacteria Combat Pollution in Fragile Florida Ecosystem

Bioluminescent Bacteria Combat Pollution in Fragile Florida Ecosystem

Bioluminescence is an ability shared by creatures around the planet that allows them to generate light - in fact, 90% of life in the world's oceans possess this characteristic. Whereas most animals use it

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LED ‘Living Light’ Springs into Bloom When People Enter a Room

LED ‘Living Light’ Springs into Bloom When People Enter a Room

Designed by Joon & Jung Studio 'The Living Light' is a LED pendant lamp that blossoms and expands when people are nearby. Using a programmed microchip, this human-centered design 'magically' gets

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Brilliant Cement Making Technology Mimics Coral While Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere

Brilliant Cement Making Technology Mimics Coral While Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a novel way to create a new form of carbon neutral cement by studying the formation of coral reefs and applying the principles at work. Coral takes in

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DARPA’S Nano Robot Spy Hummingbird Moves Just Like a Real Bird!

DARPA’S Nano Robot Spy Hummingbird Moves Just Like a Real Bird!

AeroVironment has created a tiny, mechanical, flying bird that borrows from the natural movements of the hummingbird. The Nano Hummingbird is a flying robot created through a program sponsored by DARPA

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Researchers Developing Cyborg Insects that Draw Energy From Their Own Wings

Researchers Developing Cyborg Insects that Draw Energy From Their Own Wings

Researchers at the University of Michigan are currently working on a line of cyborg insects that would use the energy generated from their own wing motion to power sensors installed in tiny insect

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World’s Largest Chunk of Manmade Ice to Cool Mongolia’s Capital City!

World’s Largest Chunk of Manmade Ice to Cool Mongolia’s Capital City!

Image: "L.A. Ice" by Victor Hadjikyriacou, produced for Unit 11 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, part of last year's Landscape Futures Super-Workshop via BLDGBLOG Mongolia seems like the last

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Airdrop Irrigation System Wins 2011 James Dyson Award Top Prize

Airdrop Irrigation System Wins 2011 James Dyson Award Top Prize

Linacre was inspired to create his design because of the effects of climate change on his native Australia. Droughts have plagued the country recently and he was looking to mitigate the loss of ecosystems

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Amazing Bionic Research Pavilion Explores the Sand Dollar’s Skeleton Morphology

Amazing Bionic Research Pavilion Explores the Sand Dollar’s Skeleton Morphology

For its second year in a row, the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion is a chance to explore architecture through computational design. This year, inspiration for the temporary pavilion came from sea urchins and

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Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Makes Snakeskin-Like Couture from Recycled Wood Chips

Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Makes Snakeskin-Like Couture from Recycled Wood Chips

You may not want to throw out the scraps from your latest home improvement project too quickly - you may find inspiration in the "trash".  Stefanie Nieuwenhuys, inspired by seeing leftover woodchips on a

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SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

Marine infrastructures create severe stress on natural ecosystems, namely through shoreline degradation and erosion near coastal population centers. The shifting and blocking of land masses at the

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IDEO and Lim Lab Want to Use 3-D Printers to Create Consumer Goods from Bacteria

IDEO and Lim Lab Want to Use 3-D Printers to Create Consumer Goods from Bacteria

3-D printers have been popping up a lot lately, printing food, furniture, and glass -- you can even buy your very own home-use printer from a market in Brooklyn! While nature has been generating 3-D

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13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

// While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees

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Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

What do you do with a "severely impaired" body of water and an unsightly shoreline park that is riddled with invasive species?  Launch a series of luscious floating islands!  In an effort to improve

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