biomimicry

New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

The big challenges standing in the way of a full frontal assault on petroleum by the clean energy industry are the cost of production and a dearth of ways to store the energy after its produced. But

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Eduardo Catalano’s iconic 65-foot metal flower blooms again in Buenos Aires

Eduardo Catalano’s iconic 65-foot metal flower blooms again in Buenos Aires

Catalano's Floralis Generica stands at Plaza de las Naciones Unidas (United Nations Park), at one of Buenos Aires most affluent neibourghs, Recoleta. The 65 foot high flower emerges from an

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Lexus shows off the world’s first car with a human heartbeat

Lexus shows off the world’s first car with a human heartbeat

Sports car designs are notorious for having two main goals: look good and go fast. It’s a pretty simple one-size-fits-all formula that has worked well to sell cars for a long time. Lexus is turning that

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The passive MOS Museum of Outdoor Arts can expand in a Fibonacci sequence

The passive MOS Museum of Outdoor Arts can expand in a Fibonacci sequence

Visionaries Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample from MOS are very keen on modular architecture as it allows them to make a project naturally grow just like a living organism's pattern. Their MOA and

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Curious home has ‘eyes’ pointed in different directions, just like a chameleon

Curious home has ‘eyes’ pointed in different directions, just like a chameleon

The skin of the house was covered in a semi-glossy coat that reflects the colors of its surroundings like an amphibian. The living room faces the apple tree, the master bedroom looks onto a cherry tree,

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Astonishing water-sensitive building material acts just like pine cones

Astonishing water-sensitive building material acts just like pine cones

Royal College of Art design student Chao Chen has developed a revolutionary new building material that responds to the presence of water.

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Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

These multi-functional pavilions look like a floating village in Songyang County in China. The cluster of open-plan structures was built in only eight weeks using locally sourced bamboo topped with

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New self-healing material could repair airplanes in mid-flight

New self-healing material could repair airplanes in mid-flight

First there were video phones and the along came self-driving cars. Now, it looks like another sci-fi cliche, self-healing technology, is set to become a part of everyday life. Scientists at the

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MIT develops advanced fog harvesting material that pulls 5x more water from thin air

MIT develops advanced fog harvesting material that pulls 5x more water from thin air

Fog photo from Shutterstock Plants and certain animals like the fog beetle can survive in very arid regions because they've developed ways of absorbing minute amounts of water from the atmosphere.

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Could humans make their own sunscreen like many animals do?

Could humans make their own sunscreen like many animals do?

Ever wondered how your backyard chicken can cluck around all day in summer without roasting, or how fish swim in sun-drenched waters to no apparent ill-effect? A team of researchers from Oregon State

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Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

Those little seashells loitering on your bathroom shelf are hiding quite a secret—their teeth are—according to a new study from the University of Portsmouth—the strongest material found in nature.

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Artificial leaf can make oxygen in space with water and light

Artificial leaf can make oxygen in space with water and light

It seems like we are constantly getting a little bit closer to being able to live in outer space, but one teeny-tiny little detail keeps holding us back: oxygen. Plants just don’t like zero gravity

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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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Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions

Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions

It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt - however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to simply grow

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Biomimicry in buildings: 6 animal-shaped architectural wonders

Biomimicry in buildings: 6 animal-shaped architectural wonders

Sea shells have influenced the form of buildings in Japan, Monte Carlo, and Mexico, to name a few. This nautilus-shaped home in Mexico City, imagined by Javier Senosiain, was inspired by Gaudi and Frank

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ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry

ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry

Biomimicry, a discipline that draws inspiration from nature to create solutions to real world problems, is relatively new as an academic study path. In an effort to lead the way, Arizona State University

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can parasites teach us about zombies?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can parasites teach us about zombies?

Halloween is tomorrow, and this young girl's fancies are turning to, what else? Zombies! Yes, we all secretly worry about the coming zombie apocalypse, though not enough to assemble the

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Colorful ice teepees provide temporary frozen flora shelter for Canadian hikers

Colorful ice teepees provide temporary frozen flora shelter for Canadian hikers

The architects wanted to create a design that would use a limited set of tools and rely mostly on the site's natural conditions. They chose reinforced ice, refined with organic materials gathered from six

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Tim Van Cromvoirt’s trippy thermophores change color with heat

Tim Van Cromvoirt’s trippy thermophores change color with heat

Dutch designer Tim Van Cromvoirt wanted to create a wall application that would look organic and act like living organism. So he used his final year at the ST. Joost Academy, in Breda to experiment

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Evolving robots help scientists understand how we got a backbone

Evolving robots help scientists understand how we got a backbone

Sometimes it is the simplest questions that are the hardest to answer. A team of scientists led by Vassar College's John Long wanted to figure out why vertebrates have a backbone, but had no way to

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Mischer’traxler unveils blooming kinetic installation at Design Miami

Mischer’traxler unveils blooming kinetic installation at Design Miami

The Viennese designers find inspiration from vegetables and other plants. Their latest project included two mirrors with Art Nouveau-inspired botanical forms around their perimeter and trailing across

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Gecko-inspired adhesives could enable humans to climb walls Mission: Impossible style!

Gecko-inspired adhesives could enable humans to climb walls Mission: Impossible style!

If you've ever watched with envy as Spider-Man or Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt scale structures with ease, then this could be your lucky day. According to the MIT Technology Review, a team from Stanford

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MIT’s Robotic Cheetah Runs and Jumps Outdoors!

MIT’s Robotic Cheetah Runs and Jumps Outdoors!

We've reported before on the robotic cheetah developed by MIT's Biomimetic Robotics Lab, and the team just unleashed it from the lab treadmill and let it run around campus. The team demonstrated that

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

  When I think of monkeys, I don’t think of them living in the desert, namely because primates love trees, water, big juicy leaves, and fruit. In fact, only two primates have even

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Can Biomimicry Inspire Smarter Companies? Help Kickstart This Book!

Can Biomimicry Inspire Smarter Companies? Help Kickstart This Book!

Regular Inhabitat readers will know and love Inhabitat's Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker, who writes the incredible Biomimicry Manual series. Dr. Woolley-Barker has been writing a bio-inspired book all about

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Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

We love a good collaborative project as much as we love a good bit of biomimicry. That makes us happy to report that biology and computer science students and professors at Wake Forest University have

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Help Make This Fascinating Biomimicry Book a Reality and Get Cool Perks

Help Make This Fascinating Biomimicry Book a Reality and Get Cool Perks

If you've been following Inhabitat for a while, you're probably familiar with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker's brilliant biomimicry articles. For the past year and a half, Tamsin has been pouring her heart

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A Simple Change in Lighting Could Be the Secret to Beating the Monday Blues

A Simple Change in Lighting Could Be the Secret to Beating the Monday Blues

Have a case of the Mondays? Philips thinks they just might have the solution: the company issued a report today showing that the secret to beating the Monday blues could be as easy as adjusting your

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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

Nest Beds A bed is certainly the most obvious human adaptation of a bird’s nest. Many designers have attempted this concept and the results include both hanging and floor-supported models.  O*GE

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New Wetsuit Helps Prevent Shark Attacks by Deterring Sharks and Hiding Swimmers

New Wetsuit Helps Prevent Shark Attacks by Deterring Sharks and Hiding Swimmers

If you like swimming in the ocean, but you aren’t so fond of shark attacks, get your beach gear ready. Scientists in Australia have created shark-deterrent wetsuits that keep the sharks at bay. One is a

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