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April 22nd, 2017|

Filaments modeled after Earth's fastest falcon

The peregrine falcon is delivering some “real innovation and benefits” to aeronautics researchers in England, where they’re copying the bird’s feathers to 3D print filaments that mimic its ability to sense airflow changes, according to this 3D Printing Industry article. It could help create safer, more aerodynamic, and fuel efficient airplanes.

Curated by Janine Benyus

April 21st, 2017|

How a coconut can save your cellphone

Functional gradients are one of the patterns observed in the natural world as a tactic for lightweighting. Recent research published by IOP Science describes how coconuts exhibit functional gradients through the arrangement of fibers leading to greater impact resistance. Might this inspire, say, lightweight + impact resistant cellphone cases?

Curated by Erin Rovalo

April 20th, 2017|

Molecular movement of plants reveal amazing mechanics

While members of the plant kingdom may appear to move only when acted upon by an outside force, time lapse photography of twisting vines, unfurling flowers, or popping seed pods betrays the programed movement of plants. Underlying such dynamics are the juxtaposition of clockwise and counterclockwise “twisted” molecules. According to this My Paper article, scientists in Europe have begun to mimic this principle with exciting potential applications in robotics, medicine, and more.

Curated by Mark Dorfman

April 14th, 2017|

How polar bears can lower our heating bills

It makes sense: Want to design the ultimate insulation? Look to the polar bear. That’s what a student at the Royal Academy of Art did to create Plyskin, according to this Materia article. The three-layered material mimics the makeup of a bear’s skin and, most importantly, is being developed biobased and recyclable materials.

Curated by Janine Benyus

April 13th, 2017|

How a spider spins key to fabric breakthroughs

This bio-assisted, rather than biomimicked technology, is an honorable testament to the amazing qualities of spider silk. Using GMO yeast might help Dan Widmaier of Bolt produce a bio-based fiber, the mesmerizing functions of spider silk lie not in the molecular make-up of the silk, but rather the method of extrusion through spider spinnerets, according to this New Yorker article. Combining the chemistry (achievable without GMOs) with the mechanics is the holy grail for truly emulating the spider’s genius.

Curated by Dayna Baumeister

April 12th, 2017|

Network discounts available for major conferences

It’s going to be a busy spring for our curators, who along with providing the latest biomimicry intel here, travel the world to share the latest in biomimicry innovations at events and conferences. Want to join them? There are four upcoming events that have shared discount codes for our network. International Living Future Institute (10% discount with code BIOMIMICRY10), SHINE at Harvard (10% discount with code BIOMIMICRY), Sustainable Brands (20% discount with code nwSPEAKsb17d), and USCCF Circular Economy Conference (20% discount through April 28 by registering here).

Curated by Jenna Cederberg
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