biomimicry

Researchers Develop Plant Inspired Structures That Can Move and Adapt Their Shape

Researchers Develop Plant Inspired Structures That Can Move and Adapt Their Shape

Researchers at the University of Michigan are studying plants that move in an attempt to use their natural hydraulic motion to build new structures that can change and adapt their shape on their own. This

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Amazing Natural Packaging Design: Human Skin!

Amazing Natural Packaging Design: Human Skin!

Many of us don't give our skin much thought -- except when it seems to betray us. Teenage acne, painful sunburns, scratchy winter dryness and mosquito bites alert us whenever our body's largest organ is

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TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

Trees naturally filter and clean our air, but in today’s heavily polluted world, it's just too huge of a task to expect Mother Nature to take care of herself. Taking this into account, designers Mario

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Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

This stunning seaside structure bursts free from the all-too-frequently stale stock of public housing projects with its dynamic array of brightly shaded cells. Taking its cues from the modular honeycomb

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“Pollinator Frocks” Are Wearable Gardens That Attract Hungry Bees

“Pollinator Frocks” Are Wearable Gardens That Attract Hungry Bees

The dwindling population of bees is no secret, and this mysterious phenomenon holds a considerable threat to our global food system. In order to aid in the pollination of plants all over the world, artist

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Billabong Natural Swimming Pools Employ Mother Nature to Keep Water Clean

Billabong Natural Swimming Pools Employ Mother Nature to Keep Water Clean

Would you love an ever-so-stylish swimming pool in your backyard, but hesitate due to the water and energy requirements? Well you're in luck! Award winning Australian landscape designer Phillip Johnson,

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Organic Solar Cells Inspired by Wasp Exoskeletons

Organic Solar Cells Inspired by Wasp Exoskeletons

Ever wonder why wasps are more numerous and active during the summer? It's because their bodies absorb sunlight and convert it into energy. With this fact in mind, Israeli and UK scientists have begun

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A Gorgeous Green Roofed Building for Kyaoi Garden University

A Gorgeous Green Roofed Building for Kyaoi Garden University

The new academic building is Bakoko's latest submission to a competition calling for architects to submit a new design for Kyaoi Garden University's existing amenity space. Rather than starting from

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Spider Silk Produced from Metabolically Engineered Bacteria

Spider Silk Produced from Metabolically Engineered Bacteria

Stronger than steel, yet thinner than a human hair, spider silk is an incredible material created by nature that has amazing potential in real-world application. Unfortunately, accumulating enough of this

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The Coconut Provides Inspiration for Green Packaging Alternatives

The Coconut Provides Inspiration for Green Packaging Alternatives

One of the most delicious designs nature has to offer, the coconut exemplifies how Mother Nature is one of the best designers around. The coconut shell is a natural packaging design solution that can

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Natural Packaging: The Coconut Husk Solves Shipping Problems!

Natural Packaging: The Coconut Husk Solves Shipping Problems!

Today we're thrilled to kick off a brand new series that explores a greener future for packaging design, brought to you by Eco Chick founder and green journalist Starre Vartan! Each year households

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“Morphotex” Fabric Mimics Butterfly Wing Shimmer Without Dyes

“Morphotex” Fabric Mimics Butterfly Wing Shimmer Without Dyes

It's the season for summery dresses, and here’s a beautiful design from Sydney based Donna Sgro that will add a lot a shimmer to your already sunny days! A trick of the light played on your unassuming

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Design Inspired by Nature – Biomimicry For a Better Planet

Design Inspired by Nature – Biomimicry For a Better Planet

Taking inspiration from Mother Nature isn’t a bad idea – afterall, she’s managed to create a complex self-sustaining system of life supporting millions of species over billions of years. There is a

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In Vitro Habitat: a House Made of Meat!

In Vitro Habitat: a House Made of Meat!

We've waxed lyrical about botanical walls, green roofs and living treehouses on Inhabitat for years - is the next logical step a home made from animal tissue? Mitchell Joachim from Terreform thinks

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Beetle-Inspired Bottle Harvests Drinking Water From Thin Air

Beetle-Inspired Bottle Harvests Drinking Water From Thin Air

For over one hundred years, scientists and engineers have been studying ways to effectively harvest fog as a source of water in arid regions. Although some of these man-made systems have proved useful,

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LIFE BOX – Brilliant, Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Packaging!

LIFE BOX – Brilliant, Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Packaging!

If you ever engage in online shopping (or even if you don't), you probably recognize how ubiquitous and space-cluttering cardboard packaging is. But what if every cardboard box you got from Amazon came

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German Airports Use Bees to Monitor Air Quality

German Airports Use Bees to Monitor Air Quality

Green design isn't all about the shiniest new technology. Although we love our gadgets here at Inhabitat, we believe that sometimes using nature's proven ingenuity to assist the modern world is a better

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Living, Breathing “Lung Chip” Provides Alternative to Animal Testing

Living, Breathing “Lung Chip” Provides Alternative to Animal Testing

Imagine if all the debate over which chemicals were safe and unsafe for humans were suddenly settled. We'd know which products to buy and which to ban. Class action lawsuits filed by communities exposed

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Human-Scale Spider Web Made from 700 Rolls of Clear Packing Tape

Human-Scale Spider Web Made from 700 Rolls of Clear Packing Tape

Design team Numen/For Use transformed 700 rolls of clear packing tape into an incredible human-size inhabitable spider web at DMY Belin 2010. The weaving took place over four consecutive days inside of

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Robotic Fish Could Lead Real Fish Away From Danger

Robotic Fish Could Lead Real Fish Away From Danger

What if robots could lead fish away from major danger zones like, say, a massive oil spill off the Gulf Coast? It might be possible with the launch of Maurizio Porfiri's remote-controlled fish-like

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Transgenic Spider-Goat Hybrids Produce Tougher-Than-Steel Silk

Transgenic Spider-Goat Hybrids Produce Tougher-Than-Steel Silk

Spider silk is known for its tough as nails strength and pliable nature, making it an ideal material for application in items ranging from bulletproof vests to even artificial ligaments and tendons.

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Temporary Dutch Parking Garage Is as Green As It Looks

Temporary Dutch Parking Garage Is as Green As It Looks

Here in the United States, we're only starting to kick the habit of designing cities around cars. But in Leiden, Netherlands, designers were asked to build a parking garage that would last between 10 and

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Scientists Unlock Secret of Super Strong Spider Silk Material

Scientists Unlock Secret of Super Strong Spider Silk Material

Photo by Luc Viatour Spider silk may seem fragile, but it actually has a tensile strength that is a whopping five times more than steel! Scientists have been trying to replicate and harness the

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BIO-INSPIRED: Pratt Student Designs a Table Inspired by Insects

BIO-INSPIRED: Pratt Student Designs a Table Inspired by Insects

Industrial Design student, Alvaro Uribe of Pratt Institute, wowed us last weekend at BKLYN Designs with his sleek Mantis Table. Inspired by insect body parts and adding a light and elegant touch to any

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New Photosensitive Smart Skin Could Cut Buildings’ Energy Use

New Photosensitive Smart Skin Could Cut Buildings’ Energy Use

Photo by Wonderlane University of California engineer Luke Lee and architect Maria-Paz Gutierrez are developing an advanced "skin" for buildings that would regulate temperature and humidity through the

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High-Flying Algae Airships are Self-Sufficient Airborne Cities

High-Flying Algae Airships are Self-Sufficient Airborne Cities

Architect Vincent Callebaut recently unveiled a blue-sky plan for a high-flying fleet of self-sufficient aircraft that are one part zeppelin cities and one part hydrogen-generating floating farms. Dubbed

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Vein-Like Piezoelectric Shower Harvests Kinetic Energy to Heat Water

Vein-Like Piezoelectric Shower Harvests Kinetic Energy to Heat Water

This incredible concept for a self-heating piezoelectric shower combines inspiration from the human body’s circulatory system with technological innovations in piezoelectricity. The fluid web of piping

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Bionic Humidifier: A Flower that Helps You Breathe Easier

Bionic Humidifier: A Flower that Helps You Breathe Easier

Nature, nurture and design come together in Gonglue Jiang's Bionic Humidifier -- a clever appliance masquerading as a potted plant that also functions as an indoor humidifier. Jiang’s artificial

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Grass Loveseat ‘Mow Chair’ Debuts in Milan

Grass Loveseat ‘Mow Chair’ Debuts in Milan

Fadi Sarieddine's awesome new grass-covered sofa, cleverly dubbed The Mow Chair aims to bring the great outdoors inside. Designed by Lebanese architect Fadi Sarieddine, this charming 'living' piece of

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Underwater Ocean City for a Future Australia

Underwater Ocean City for a Future Australia

Ocean City by Arup Biomimetics Forty years from now, Australia, as well as the rest of the world, could look dramatically different -- possibly even underwater, like this 'Ocean City' concept by Arup

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