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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

It's frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn't have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s population. But

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ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

Another of the Institutes’ bionic research pavilions, the structure investigates the structural performance of protective shells of beetles. These have proven to be a suitable role model for highly

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World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

Recently, prolific Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and civil engineering firm Heijmans nabbed headlines by installing the world's first glow-in-the-dark road in the Netherlands. The futuristic road is

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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Recycled Cork Surfboards from Richpeoplethings: Respecting Both Earth and Ocean

Recycled Cork Surfboards from Richpeoplethings: Respecting Both Earth and Ocean

Richpeoplethings is a social enterprise located in Murcia, Spain, that was born from the idea of suggesting creative alternatives to an otherwise difficult current situation. "Connecting the corks" is an

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World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

We’ve showcased several attempts at creating the ultimate invisibility cloak - but the “Anti-Shark” Wetsuit is the world’s first design that renders divers and surfers invisible to sharks!

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INTERVIEW: Eric Maundu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

INTERVIEW: Eric Maundu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

Inhabitat: So tell me about your work here at American Steel Studios. ERIC: I build gardens like these. This is the smallest one I’ve ever done with an aquarium on the bottom and a garden on

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

Scientists at the Imperial College London have developed the world’s first flying 3D printer. Using small, preprogrammed drones, Dr. Mirko Kovac and his team from the Aerial Robotics Laboratory have

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The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

In this utopian superstructure offices, research labs, housing, and communal areas are interspersed between orchards, farms, and production rooms. Plant and animal farming is arranged throughout the

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

It's a scientific fact that there's nothing cuter than a baby sloth in a bucket. But even if Facebook 'likes' turn out not to correlate with biological fitness, sloths are a runaway success by any

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

You know bats and dolphins 'echolocate' to find their prey, sending out blips of squeaky SONAR-like sound waves that bounce off fish or moths in the dark. And people do it, too, using expensive equipment.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks?

Cephalopods are the undisputed masters of camouflage. While their relatives, the clams, stayed brainless and safe on the seabeds-of-old, the ancient nautilus (think squid-in-a-shell) made a daring foray

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Ingo Arndt’s Amazing Book Reveals the Wonderful World of Animal Architecture

Ingo Arndt’s Amazing Book Reveals the Wonderful World of Animal Architecture

The Indonesian vogelkop bowerbird build intricate stick tower nests to attract mates. They decorate them with flowers, fruits, mushrooms, and even trash left in the forest by tourists. Australian

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13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

The three story home features an open plan kitchen and dining room, along with a large living room and countless other interaction spaces. Various staircases interlink the different platforms, which not

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Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

The metal structure of the 2,000 square meter plaza echoes the verticality of the surrounding logs. Reused wooden railway ties serve as blinds that help control daylighting and indoor temperature. The

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Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Baobed’s oval shape was inspired by exotic fruit that dangles from the branches of baobab trees, known as the “tree of life,” characteristic of African landscapes. Related: Cocoon Tree Is A

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Festo Uses Biomimicry to Design an Energy Efficient Bouncing Bionic Kangaroo

Festo Uses Biomimicry to Design an Energy Efficient Bouncing Bionic Kangaroo

The prospect of a bouncing robotic kangaroo may seem crazy, but German-based engineering company Festo discovered that basing robot motion on the kangaroo’s hop is incredibly energy efficient. Known for

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Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Windmills offer a great way to harness renewable energy, and they’ve been around for almost two centuries - but who says that’s the only way you can catch the wind? Festo, a supplier of automation

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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Planet 3 Studios Weaves Amazing Nest-Like Meeting Room From Recycled Pine Wood Strips

Planet 3 Studios Weaves Amazing Nest-Like Meeting Room From Recycled Pine Wood Strips

The project was inspired by Baya weaver birds known for making complex nests, and its sculptural, fluid form evokes those designs. It twists and turns in an engaging manner and fulfils the programmatic

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

The platypus is a funny little mammal found in Eastern Australia and Tasmania. Aside from echidnas (the also-very-weird Australian spiny anteaters) they are the only living mammals that lay eggs. This

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Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

The Leapfrog Project is an initiative to rebuild the city of Tacloban, Philipines, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Initiated by Atelier Lira Luis, the project seeks to set up ten

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and fish school,

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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New Study Shows Parasite Found in Cats May Cause Dementia in Senior Citizens

New Study Shows Parasite Found in Cats May Cause Dementia in Senior Citizens

According to a new study in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, your cuddly cat companion might pose some serious health risks, especially to senior citizens. Previous research has shown that cats can spread a

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Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World’s Oceans?

Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World’s Oceans?

London-based Exploration Architecture creates cutting-edge projects that explore truly sustainable concepts. Their designs are inspired by natural forms ranging from sea urchins to coral reefs, and they

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Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Israeli industrial designer Shlomi Mir has created a tumbleweed-inspired robot that uses wind power to study desertification and help scientists better understand the phenomenon. The round robot uses an

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