biomimicry

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Pompeii Worm Teach Us About Heat and Chemical Resistance?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Pompeii Worm Teach Us About Heat and Chemical Resistance?

'Biomimicry' is a way of designing that asks "How would nature do it?". Other creatures on Earth have spent millions of years perfecting their craft in ways that are inherently sustainable. The ones that

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Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Image via Shutterstock Plants convert sunlight into energy every day - and researchers have long studied ways to replicate the process to develop renewable sources of fuel. Nate Lewis is a Chemistry

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Jakob + MacFarlane’s Tubular Prefab FRAC Center Opens in France

Jakob + MacFarlane’s Tubular Prefab FRAC Center Opens in France

The project, named “The Turbulences,” is made as a twisting prefabricated structure covered with an anodized aluminum shell. The building will house a permanent art collection, along with temporary

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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Photo via Shutterstock When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team looked to the trees. Their

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Honeycomb Vase Designer Claims Dewar’s Whiskey Campaign Exploits His Work

Honeycomb Vase Designer Claims Dewar’s Whiskey Campaign Exploits His Work

Slovakian designer Tomáš Libertíny claims that a creative agency from New York is exploiting two of his trademark projects -- 2007 Honeycomb Vase which is part of the MOMA collection, and The

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3D-Printed T8 Robotic Spider Makes Eerily Realistic Movements With 26 Motors

3D-Printed T8 Robotic Spider Makes Eerily Realistic Movements With 26 Motors

Depending on your level of comfort with technology and arachnids, the T8 robotic spider is either the gadget of dreams or nightmares. The eight-legged machine is made by Robugtix and uses 26 servo motors

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CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish

CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish

Wind turbine designs have improved significantly in recent years, but wind farms are still pretty inefficient. That's because traditional wind turbines -- the ones with three huge blades -- interfere with

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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German Researchers Create a Robo-Ape for Work in Space

German Researchers Create a Robo-Ape for Work in Space

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence has created a robotic system based on an ape that aims to improve the locomotion and mobility characteristics of robots. It is the latest

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Biomimicry 3.8 Founder Janine Benyus Says Biomimicry is the Key to a Green 3D Printing Revolution

Biomimicry 3.8 Founder Janine Benyus Says Biomimicry is the Key to a Green 3D Printing Revolution

Sunflower photo from Shutterstock 3D printing is one of today's most exciting emerging technologies - few other developments have as much potential to shape the way we make things and the world as we

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Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

People have been turning to nature for inspiration to help them solve problems for millions of years. From buildings and bridges to materials and medicine - examining the design of nature has aided in the

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Sea Creatures and Dinosaurs Inspire a Virtually Indestructible Home in Berkeley, California

Sea Creatures and Dinosaurs Inspire a Virtually Indestructible Home in Berkeley, California

People who live in Berkeley, California are certainly used to seeing some strange things on the streets of their city. But those who live in the neighborhood near 2747 Matthews Street may point out a

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Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Crystalline Harpa Concert Hall Wins the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Crystalline Harpa Concert Hall Wins the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

The waterfront façade of the Harpa Concert Hall is made of individual polygonal glass frames resembling sparkly fish scales, which reflect water and light, creating a kaleidoscope of luminous colors.

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

Last week we reported on the groundbreaking new media platform Earth 2 Hub which aims to create a space for the world's most creative artists, designers, scientists, and storytellers to explore and share

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Energetic Energies: Panasonic and Akihisa Hirata Unveil Solar-Powered Cityscape at Milan Design Week

Energetic Energies: Panasonic and Akihisa Hirata Unveil Solar-Powered Cityscape at Milan Design Week

The "Energetic Energies" installation continues to reexamine the way solar panels are deployed, drawing from last year's "Photosynthesis" exhibit, also designed in collaboration between Panasonic and

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Roskilde Plywood Dome is a Large Geodesic Structure Inspired by a C240 Molecule

Roskilde Plywood Dome is a Large Geodesic Structure Inspired by a C240 Molecule

The first version of the dome was designed in 2011, as a structure that could be used as the festival’s facility in subsequent years. It was a modular, easily-assembled structure that functioned as a

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The Invisible City: Temporary High-Tech Treehouses Could Transform London’s Parks

The Invisible City: Temporary High-Tech Treehouses Could Transform London’s Parks

Instead of experiencing parks as patches of urban greenery that act as oases detached from the city, Invisible Works hopes to introduce a whole new set of structures that would help transform the way city

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MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Silkworm-Inspired Pavilion Using a Robotic Arm

MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Silkworm-Inspired Pavilion Using a Robotic Arm

Photo via Shutterstock MIT has unveiled plans to 3D print a pavilion inspired by the technique that silkworms use to build their cocoons. Data that tracks the movement of a silkworm as it makes its

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The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand Can Now Tie Shoelaces, Peel Vegetables and Even Touch Type

The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand Can Now Tie Shoelaces, Peel Vegetables and Even Touch Type

An upgrade to the high-tech BeBionic3 prosthetic hand is enabling one man to perform incredibly sophisticated operations such as dealing cards, tying his own shoelaces and touch typing on a computer

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Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline

Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline

Honey bee populations around the world are in decline due to causes ranging from 'super mites' to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and even cell phones - and if the insects disappear completely the planet's

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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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Biopesticides Grown From Mushrooms Offer Non-Toxic Way to Protect Crops From Unwanted Guests

Biopesticides Grown From Mushrooms Offer Non-Toxic Way to Protect Crops From Unwanted Guests

Locust on barley photo from Shutterstock Feeding seven billion hungry humans is no easy task - especially when crop-killing insects are competing for first dibs on agriculture. Deadly chemical

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Sea Urchins’ Nickel Nanoparticles Could Hold the Key to Carbon Capture

Sea Urchins’ Nickel Nanoparticles Could Hold the Key to Carbon Capture

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists at Newcastle University have discovered a way of capturing carbon dioxide inspired by the technique sea urchins use to grow their shell. The creatures absorb carbon

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Maison Escalier is a Tree-Like Parisian Home Wrapped With a Leafy Sun Shade

Maison Escalier is a Tree-Like Parisian Home Wrapped With a Leafy Sun Shade

The interior of Maison Escalier is creatively designed with stark white-painted walls that contrast with rich, warm black locust wood floors and ceilings. The black locust wood also covers the central

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Tim Van Cromvoirt’s Lungplant Lamps Breathe Just Like Living Organisms

Tim Van Cromvoirt’s Lungplant Lamps Breathe Just Like Living Organisms

We love objects that are interactive, move and change shape as if they were alive. An expert on the matter, designer Tim van Cromvoirt created a mesmerizing series of lamps called Lungplants. These

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LAST CHANCE: Get a Competitive Design Edge with This FREE Intro to Biomimicry Online Course ($99 Value)

LAST CHANCE: Get a Competitive Design Edge with This FREE Intro to Biomimicry Online Course ($99 Value)

LAST DAY to win this FREE Intro to Biomimicry course to shake up your design career! It's no secret that design and architecture are highly competitive fields, and those in the industry often pay

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How Biomimicry Can Help Designers and Architects Find Inspiration To Solve Problems

How Biomimicry Can Help Designers and Architects Find Inspiration To Solve Problems

This robotic spy plane that mimics the shape and function of a bat in flight is one example of biomimicry. One way to unlock the elucidation biomimicry can offer is by simply getting into nature and

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Studio DRIFT’s Interactive Shylights Mimic How Flowers Attract and Repel Bees

Studio DRIFT’s Interactive Shylights Mimic How Flowers Attract and Repel Bees

Studio DRIFT’s interactive Shylights gracefully move up and down, opening and closing, similar to the way flowers attract and repel pollinating bees. Made from stainless steel, recyclable aluminum,

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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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