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March 25th, 2017|Categories: Business Models|Sectors: , , , , |

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Could ecosystems as economies help Bitcoin go mainstream?

Optimizing informational processes. Nature does it in many ways, and according to this The CoinTelegraph article, Bitcoin needs to as well. The authors highlight similarities between economies and ecosystems, and pose the question about how strategies borrowed from nature might just be what Bitcoin needs to solve its scaling challenges.

Curated by Janine Benyus

March 24th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, Structures|Sectors: , , |

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Good things come in nano packages

Scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have revealed deeper secrets about tiny compartments inside bacteria that enable them to manage chemicals and chemical processes while protecting the rest of the organism. These encapsulation systems could inspire more efficient and effective applications in chemical manufacturing, drug delivery, and material science.

Curated by Mark Dorfman

March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Life's Principles, Materials, Product Design, Structures|Sectors: , , , , |

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Engineering, biomimicry fusion creates pavilion that grows

The Elytra Filament Pavilion is now displaying in Germany. The pavilion, inspired by the hexagonal structures in beetle wings, is woven by a robot. This Inhabitat article mentions that real-time sensing data directs how the pavilion grows, opening the door for new thinking on how robots and engineering can help our designs evolve (as well as meet other Life’s Principles that seem incongruent with the built design).

Curated by Jamie Dwyer

March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, News, Structures|Sectors: , , |

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Infographic: Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

During her recent Synapse webinar, Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones, Janine Benyus reviewed a set of twelve lightweighting principles inspired by the natural world. Now, we’ve turned that into an infographic as a quick and easy reference to how nature uses materials efficiently and creatively without compromising functionality.  Go here to get the free download!

Curated by Erin Rovalo

March 18th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Planning, Policy, Structures, Water|Sectors: , , |

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'Seedkit' helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

It’s a remarkable (and 100% achievable!) vision: Imagining how nature’s genius can help transform design and create sustainable cities of the future. A new toolkit from Urban Greenprint is exploring how employing biomimicry can manage waterflow, drawing from strategies found in the rainy Pacific Northwest. The wonderfully-named Seedkit allows users to easily explore an awesome set of water management ideas–all inspired by nature.

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, Resilience|Sectors: , , |

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Mimicking tooth enamel to create the next super material

This is a perfect illustration of how abstracting the design principle from tooth enamel can lead to a novel material for plane hulls. Structural materials of most transportation devices have the same functional needs (e.g. strength, manage vibration, crack resistant) as tooth enamel, so abstracting the strategy helped a team at the University of Michigan emulate the tooth’s secret to success. According to this Gizmondo article, they used only using metal and polymer, rather than calcium and protein.

Curated by Dayna Baumeister
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In 2009, the Harvard Business Review called biomimicry one of the “top 20 breakthrough ideas in business.”
In 2012, biomimicry topped the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ annual list of “innovations that could change the way you manufacture.”
In 2013, Clean Edge named biomimicry one of “5 key trends that will impact clean-energy markets in the coming years.”