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Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8

Filaments modeled after Earth’s fastest falcon

April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Energy Efficiency, Engineering|Sectors: , , , , |

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.

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How polar bears can lower our heating bills

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Materials|Sectors: , , , |

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

Could ecosystems as economies help Bitcoin go mainstream?

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

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.

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DNA may hold key to building super computers of the future

March 10th, 2017|Categories: Product Design|Sectors: , , , , |

DNA may hold key to building super computers of the future

One of the most complex, essential, and amazing components of life that holds the key to genetic codes throughout nature, DNA is now being touted as a key to building faster and more efficient computers. This Edgy Labs article details research to mimic DNA’s self-replicating properties to create a computer system that grow as it computes. Looking to nature could create “exponentially” faster computers.

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Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones

March 8th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Materials, Structures, Webinar|Sectors: , |

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Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones

In this recorded webinar, biomimicry expert and author Janine Benyus shares untapped insights from the natural world on structural optimization. She reveals some of nature’s shapes, surfaces, and interior architectures that could lead to new innovations in structural design and manufacturing techniques, such as additive manufacturing.

Available to view on-demand | 60 minute recorded webinar

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Lightweighting Steel and Aluminum

March 8th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Materials, Structures, Webinar|Sectors: , |

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Lightweighting Steel and Aluminum

If we designed like nature, and optimized strength like trees and bones, how many national forest could we save? In this recorded webinar, world renowned biomimicry expert Janine Benyus takes us on a tour of biomimetic opportunities to lightweight two of the most commonly utilized materials by our species, steel and aluminum, and the impact that doing more with less has on global climate change.

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Breakthrough sets stage for synthetic spider silk production

January 20th, 2017|Categories: Materials|Sectors: , |

Breakthrough sets stage for synthetic spider silk production

It’s always exciting to see biomimetic innovations evolve and take steps toward commercialization. In this case, scientists have taken the first steps to producing synthetic spider silk–no easy task as you can read in this Daily Mail article. Long know to be stronger than steel, while also being lightweight and biodegradable, synthetic spider silk could revolutionize the materials world.

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How spider silk can help deter collisions

January 6th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Materials, 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.

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Preventing barnacle buildup by mimicking human skin

October 30th, 2016|Categories: Materials, Product Design|Sectors: |

Preventing barnacle buildup by mimicking human skin

The toxic solutions sailors have used for decades to help stop barnacle buildup on ship hulls may be on the way out thanks to a nontoxic, nature-inspired replacement. The new hydrogel that stretches like the human skin system. This New Atlas article details the approach that mimics skin’s ability to stretch, stay strong, and resist drying out.

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It’s happening: Furniture made from air pollution

October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Carbon, Circular Economy, Climate Change, Materials, Product Design|Sectors: , |

It’s happening: Furniture made from air pollution

It’s an attention-grabbing headline: The notion that furniture mad by a global manufacturer like Ikea could use plastic that’s “made of air pollution.” But, it’s not science fiction. I’ve talked about many ways we can look to nature, which uses carbon as a feedstock, to help reverse climate change. This Design + Innovation article details how the California-based Newlight Technologies is using carbon and methane to make it’s AirCarbon plastic.

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