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Dr. Dayna Baumeister is the Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8

Mimicking tooth enamel to create the next super material

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

Insect wing flexibility principle adds major turbine oomph

March 11th, 2017|Categories: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, News Feed, Structures|Sectors: |

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Insect wing flexibility principle adds major turbine oomph

Lessons from nature don’t always have to be complex. The simple principle of “add flexibility rather than rigidity” helped researchers at Paris-Sorbonne University demonstrate the potential to yield 35% more power from wind turbines. While the challenge now lies in scaling the prototypes, abstracting the simple design principle opened up new ways of thinking about blades.

Curated by Dayna Baumeister

Honeybee hexagons and the 100x factor

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Structures|Sectors: , , |

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Researchers identify missing link in spider silk emulation

February 17th, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Materials, News Feed, Textiles|Sectors: , , , , , , , , , , |

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New technology could help us emulate nature’s brilliant shapes

February 4th, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Architecture, Carbon, Energy Efficiency, Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Product Design, Structures, Textiles, Water|Sectors: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Important evolutionary lessons from giraffe necks

December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Product Design, Resilience, Structures|Sectors: , , , , , |

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Inspiration from the blue tarantula could create major sustainability win

November 7th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Packaging, Product Design, Structures, Textiles|Sectors: , , , , , , , |

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Learning from birds’ songs to adapt to climate change

August 28th, 2016|Categories: Business Models, Climate Change, News Feed, Organizations, Resilience, Social Innovation, Wellness|Sectors: , , , , , , , |

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Accidental discovery mimics nature’s water capture systems

June 24th, 2016|Categories: News Feed, Structures, Water|Sectors: , , , , , , |

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Human insights worth mimicking come with conditions

June 12th, 2016|Categories: News Feed, Policy, Social Innovation|Sectors: , , , |

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