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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.”
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By | January 14th, 2017|Categories: News Feed, Resilience, Wellness|Sectors: , , , , , , |

Learning from highly effective chemical filters that cleanse breast milk

A recent Australian study of pesticides in human breast milk (HBM), including DDT–a chemical banned since 1987–was shown to be transferred to nursing infants, but at lower actual doses than previously thought. Given that numerous studies find dozens, if not several hundred industrial chemicals in HBM, and that the health impacts of exposure to multiple synthetic chemicals remains largely unknown, it makes sense to seek inspiration from 3.8 billion years of biological chemistry to find effective, sophisticated, and life-friendly alternatives to conventional commercial chemicals.

Mark-01Curated by Mark Dorfman

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Carbon, Circular Economy, Climate Change, News Feed|Sectors: |

Turning waste on its head by commercializing carbon

A new carbon capture and utilization technology turns CO2 into baking soda and other useful compounds for commercialization. It’s estimated this could prevent the release of 60,000 tons of CO2 annually into the atmosphere–making a nice dent in global emissions, according to this BBC article. This type of closed loop innovation is aligned with ecological trophic cycles and demonstrates exciting opportunism when we flip the idea of waste on its head.

Erin-01Curated by Erin Rovalo

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, News Feed|Sectors: |

Flying squirrels far outperform airplanes

Flying squirrels have a furry wing membrane that spans from its neck to forelimbs and back to its hind legs. This loose skin helps flying squirrels to prolong jumps from tree to tree and allows for softer landings. Once thought to be passive gliding, scientists have discovered that a flying squirrel use a dozen separate flight-control techniques and aerodynamic modifications, according to this BioGraphic article. What’s more, they should be stalling at 60-degree angles, as a plane would. How these little furry creatures disregard basic aerodynamic constraints could lead to new kinds of flight control or flying vehicles.

Robyn-01Curated by Robyn Klein

By | January 7th, 2017|Categories: News Feed, Organizations, Resilience, Technology|Sectors: |

Cybersecurity solutions: Threats and attacks aren’t new in nature

The next generation of bioinspired cybersecurity research is emerging to adapt and evolve to new threats. Parasite-host interactions, the immune system, and predator-prey relationships are some ways that nature manages threats and attacks, according to this recently published paper. Symbiotic interactions and collaborative relationships, along with many other mechanisms in nature, suggest more ideas on how to stay sharp.

Robyn-01Curated by Robyn Klein

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Materials, News Feed, Product Design|Sectors: , |

How spider silk can help deter collisions

How can a spider help save thousands of birds? By inspiring an entirely new product line for the German glass manufacturer Arnold Glas. Ornilux, as described in this Graphisoft article, helps deter bird-glass collisions by mimicking UV reflective strands of silk spun into spider webs. The strands are invisible to humans but detected by birds.

Janine-01Curated by Janine Benyus

By | January 5th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, News Feed, Packaging, Product Design, Structures, Water|Sectors: , , , |

Design inspiration from movement without muscles

Plants move without muscles—how cool is that?! This recently published paper summarizes recent developments of plant-inspired adaptive structures and materials for morphing and actuation. Several amazing insights by the researchers include that plant motion is water-driven and integrates structure with actuators. These lessons could inspire the design of wide-ranging structural systems that demonstrate adaptive behaviors.

Erin-01Curated by Erin Rovalo

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