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MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architects won an international competition to design the towers, which is part of a larger 5 tower development project in the downtown area of Mississauga. The project was aimed to provide important

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MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

Porcupine quills might seem more hurtful than helpful - but researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are examining the structure of the spines for use in the medical field. For the first

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Coral Reef-Inspired ColoniaTecne Pavilion Spies on Visitors With an LED Display

Coral Reef-Inspired ColoniaTecne Pavilion Spies on Visitors With an LED Display

BIOS Design Collective was inspired by the stealthy communication network of coral reefs when dreaming up their pavilion. Biomimicry uses the lessons learned in nature to create new and sophisticated

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BIOMIMETIC ARCHITECTURE: Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

BIOMIMETIC ARCHITECTURE: Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

Biomimicry's Cool Alternative: Eastgate Centre in Zimbabwe The Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, typifies the best of green architecture and ecologically sensitive adaptation. The country's largest

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Top 6 Cabins for a Green Retreat this Winter

Top 6 Cabins for a Green Retreat this Winter

Intrinsik Architecture's Montana Modern Prefab Cabin This 800-square-foot prefabricated cabin, located above Paradise Valley, Montana at 8,600 feet, is a smart, efficient, and sustainable retreat for any

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Serenity is a Smart ‘Home OS’ That Helps Monitor Residential Energy Consumption

Serenity is a Smart ‘Home OS’ That Helps Monitor Residential Energy Consumption

Designed by Artefact, Serenity is a concept for a smart monitor that presents clear information through elegant, minimal wall-mounted e-ink tablets. The networked tablets are described as a “Home

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New Korean LED Lighting System Is Inspired By The Bioluminescence of Fireflies

New Korean LED Lighting System Is Inspired By The Bioluminescence of Fireflies

In another fantastic example of biomimicry, a team of South Korean scientists is studying fireflies in an effort to develop a better, less expensive LED lens. The team's research sees them essentially

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Vita’s Gorgeous Flat-Pack Lamps Can be Mixed and Matched to Create Fresh New Designs

Vita’s Gorgeous Flat-Pack Lamps Can be Mixed and Matched to Create Fresh New Designs

We spotted this gorgeous collection of DIY flat-pack lamps by the Danish company Vita at 100% Design during this year’s London Design Festival. Interchangeable “petals” made

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Siemens Develops More Efficient Wind Turbine Blades Based on Dinosaurs!

Siemens Develops More Efficient Wind Turbine Blades Based on Dinosaurs!

In the past we've seen biomimetic wind turbines inspired by whale fins and species of trees, however now designers are looking to extinct animal species to create next-generation turbines. Engineering

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Siemens To Reduce Its US Wind Energy Taskforce By 38% Over Concerns About Federal Tax Credit

Siemens To Reduce Its US Wind Energy Taskforce By 38% Over Concerns About Federal Tax Credit

Photo via Shutterstock Wind turbine producer Siemens has announced that it will reduce its US wind energy workforce by 38% due to adverse market conditions caused by the uncertain future of the wind

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Scary Deep Sea Angler Lamp Combines Recycling and Energy-Efficient Lighting

Scary Deep Sea Angler Lamp Combines Recycling and Energy-Efficient Lighting

With a lantern suspended inches above its razor-sharp gnashers, the Deep Sea Angler Fish is a lamp that'll make you think twice before turning the light on. The five-foot-tall lighting fixture, designed

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Grüningen Botanical Garden Greenhouse Nurtures Bananas and Papayas in Switzerland

Grüningen Botanical Garden Greenhouse Nurtures Bananas and Papayas in Switzerland

The four trees designed by Buehrer Wuest arch into a steel canopy topped with a geometric roof that resembles the shapes created in cell division. The greenhouse as a whole is specifically designed to

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Coralbots: Swarms of Coral-Repairing Robots Could Save Scotland’s Reefs

Coralbots: Swarms of Coral-Repairing Robots Could Save Scotland’s Reefs

A team of researchers at Heriot-Watt University is developing a swarm of intelligent robots that are designed to help save coral reefs around the world, starting with reefs in Scotland. The robots,

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Singapore’s Armadillo House Blocks Out Noise Pollution with a Unique Shell

Singapore’s Armadillo House Blocks Out Noise Pollution with a Unique Shell

The two-and-a-half-story corner terrace house is located just across the street from a busy expressway. From the beginning of its design, both the family and the architects were worried about noise,

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MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

An associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT has designed a penny-sized rocket thruster that could be used to power the smallest satellites in space. Paulo Lozano's device aims to replace

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Harvard Scientists Take Inspiration From Starfish To Create Robots That Disguise Themselves!

Harvard Scientists Take Inspiration From Starfish To Create Robots That Disguise Themselves!

A team of researchers from Harvard University led by George Whitesides have developed innovative, soft, silicone-based robots that have the ability to disguise themselves or change their color depending

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Develops Solar System Inspired by Sunflowers

University of Wisconsin-Madison Develops Solar System Inspired by Sunflowers

In January, Inhabitat reported that scientists at MIT and RWTH Aachen University were revolutionizing the effectiveness of concentrated solar plants by emulating the pattern found on a sunflower known in

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3D Printed Symphony Shells Amplify iPhone Tunes Naturally

3D Printed Symphony Shells Amplify iPhone Tunes Naturally

Symphony Shells are Simply Amplified’s new concept for a line of 3D-printed iPhone speakers. Free from cables or batteries, Symphony Shells can be ported around with ease and placed just about

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NASA’s New Z-1 Spacesuit Cools Astronauts Using the Same Principle as Sweating

NASA’s New Z-1 Spacesuit Cools Astronauts Using the Same Principle as Sweating

NASA has developed a brand-new spacesuit to replace their current version, which has been in use since 1992. The Z-1 spacesuit is currently a prototype, but it is hoped that it will play a key role in the

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Japan Builds First Swimming Robot To Create ‘Swumanoid’ Robo-Lifeguards

Japan Builds First Swimming Robot To Create ‘Swumanoid’ Robo-Lifeguards

The Tokyo University of Technology have created the Swumanoid, a human-like swimming robot that they believe could one day be used to patrol beaches and save swimmers in distress (think of it as part

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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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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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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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Swirling Tropical Garden Blooms Within Ljubljana’s Chamber of Commerce

Swirling Tropical Garden Blooms Within Ljubljana’s Chamber of Commerce

The renovated green space measures nearly 2,100 square-feet and is filled with lush tropical greenery. With a concrete green ribbon flowing throughout the interior space, the air is cleaner and the

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Finnish Scientists Create Optical Displays Made of Nothing But Air And Water

Finnish Scientists Create Optical Displays Made of Nothing But Air And Water

Optical displays have been getting smaller, slimmer, and more advanced by the second, but we doubt any are as pared down as the ones created by Finnish scientists from nothing but air and water. Based out

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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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10 Eco-Fashion Garments Inspired by Biomimicry and Nature

10 Eco-Fashion Garments Inspired by Biomimicry and Nature

Some of the greatest human innovations have been inspired by natural occurrences, so it only makes sense that what we wear would follow suit. From leaf-like tops to outerwear that transpires like trees,

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Biomimicry: 10 Eco-Friendly Fashions That Are Inspired by Nature

Biomimicry: 10 Eco-Friendly Fashions That Are Inspired by Nature

With millions of years of testing and refining her creations, Mother Nature is the best designer there is. But that doesn't mean we can't cherry-pick and copy some of nature's best

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