biomimicry

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

Wang Yuyang’s Artificial Moon Installation Is Made from Thousands of CFL Light Bulbs

Wang Yuyang’s Artificial Moon Installation Is Made from Thousands of CFL Light Bulbs

  Designed by Chinese artist Wang Yuyang, 'Artificial Moon' is a spectacular lighting installation built from a thousand of energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. The piece is a metaphor for a

Read More >

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

Read More >

Pop-Up Bowooss Bionic Research Pavilion Inspired by Nature’s Efficiency

Pop-Up Bowooss Bionic Research Pavilion Inspired by Nature’s Efficiency

The shell-like structure is called Bowooss, which, roughly translated, stands for "bionic optimized wood shells with sustainability". The pavilion's perforated design resembles a bug's shell or

Read More >

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,

Read More >

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,

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

Mantabot: University of Virginia Engineers Build a Robot that Looks and Swims Like a Ray

Mantabot: University of Virginia Engineers Build a Robot that Looks and Swims Like a Ray

There are few more graceful swimmers in the ocean than the ray - "batiod" rays, such as mantas and stingrays, are quick, agile, and energy-efficient.  Engineers are using these fascinating creatures as

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

Solar and Wind-Powered Living Aleutian Home Resembles a Lobster Tail

Solar and Wind-Powered Living Aleutian Home Resembles a Lobster Tail

The 1,365 square foot design sits atop a concrete footing that is half that size. This has numerous functions for a project intended for the cold and icy north. First, it allows small integrated wind

Read More >

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

Read More >

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 Topography',

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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,

Read More >

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

Read More >

Energy Field: Enormous Field of LED Lights Springs Up at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea

Energy Field: Enormous Field of LED Lights Springs Up at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea

Each of the 380 blades in the Energy Field is 59 feet tall, and they tower over pedestrians and traffic on the adjacent street. The blades are made of artificial bamboo fiber, and they sway in the

Read More >

Super-Strong Mantis Shrimp Could Inspire New, Tougher Body Armor

Super-Strong Mantis Shrimp Could Inspire New, Tougher Body Armor

The Harlequin (or Peacock) Mantis Shrimp has the fastest recorded punch of any living animal (over 50mph!) - it can even smash through the glass in aquarium tanks. In fact, the shrimp's tough little claws

Read More >

Modular SPACEPLATES Greenhouse Mimics the Geometry of Sea Urchin Shells

Modular SPACEPLATES Greenhouse Mimics the Geometry of Sea Urchin Shells

Building on a concept first introduced by the late Danish engineer Ture Wester, the designers have created a minimalist modular system that is lightweight and self-supporting, expansive, and yet

Read More >

Nervous System’s Ethereal 3D-Printed LED Leaf Lamps Shine Light on Natural Design

Nervous System’s Ethereal 3D-Printed LED Leaf Lamps Shine Light on Natural Design

Nervous System is a "generative design studio" that harnesses cutting-edge technology to create art, jewelry, and housewares modeled after processes found in nature. They develop computer programs that

Read More >

Soma Architecture’s Solar-Powered One Ocean Pavilion in South Korea Opens Tomorrow

Soma Architecture’s Solar-Powered One Ocean Pavilion in South Korea Opens Tomorrow

Tomorrow, One Ocean, the stunning solar-powered, naturally ventilated Thematic Pavilion designed by Vienna-based Soma Architecture will open in Yeosu, South Korea. The auditorium hails Yeosu’s

Read More >

Ukraine’s Unusual Friend House Hotel is Made From Clay, Reeds and Wood

Ukraine’s Unusual Friend House Hotel is Made From Clay, Reeds and Wood

Located near Orel's riverbank, 18-miles away from the city of Dnepropertrovsk, the Friend Hotel is steeped in a lush and green forest. Before its construction, Ryntovt Design did an extended ecological

Read More >

Floating Jellyfish Robot Propels Itself Through the Air Using Self-Inversion

Floating Jellyfish Robot Propels Itself Through the Air Using Self-Inversion

German automation company Festo has created an extraordinary helium-filled flying robot that propels itself through the air by repeatedly turning itself inside-out. The creation, known as the

Read More >

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home