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Molecular movement of plants reveal amazing mechanics

April 20th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, Structures|Sectors: , , |

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

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

How a spider spins key to fabric breakthroughs

April 13th, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Materials, Packaging, Structures|Sectors: |

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

Innovation Edges in Biomimetic Chemistry

April 11th, 2017|Categories: Infographic, Materials|Sectors: , , , , , , |

Innovation Edges in Biomimetic Chemistry

During his Synapse webinar, Cutting Edge Green Chemistry, Biomimicry 3.8’s Mark Dorfman outlined seven exciting threads of research in bioinspired chemistry that will drive innovations in the chemical and materials manufacturing sectors. Now, we’ve turned that into an infographic as a quick and easy reference to jump start thinking on applying these exciting research findings.

Curated by Mark Dorfman

Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

April 11th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Infographic, Materials, Structures|Sectors: , |

Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

During her Synapse webinar, Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones, Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder and author 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.

Curated by Janine Benyus

Fern fractals inspire fast flow that saves energy

April 8th, 2017|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Materials, Structures|Sectors: , , |

Fern fractals inspire fast flow that saves energy

Solving the challenge of creating smaller, more efficient batteries enables greater use and application of renewable energy systems. Inspired by the microgeometry of fern leaves, scientists created electrodes that can store more power per unit area while reducing the path that electrons have to follow to complete a circuit, according to this Nature article. Small geometries not only increase efficiency, but are amenable to powering small, wearable devices, or large, regional systems.

Curated by Mark Dorfman

Innovation ideas from the super strength of sandworm jaws

April 1st, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, Textiles|Sectors: , |

Innovation ideas from the super strength of sandworm jaws

Sandworms use their powerful jaws to catch prey. Additionally, these tough but flexible jaws can adapt to different pH conditions. This MIT article shows that researchers found that the material that makes up their jaws can strengthen with the addition of zinc ions, and metal crosslinks in the material’s molecular structure make it more flexible and dynamic. Sensors and soft robotics could benefit from studying the sandworm jaw.

Curated by Robyn Klein

Cutting Edge Green Chemistry

March 30th, 2017|Categories: Materials, Webinar|Sectors: , , , , , , |

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Cutting Edge Green Chemistry

In this recorded webinar, Biomimicry 3.8 chemist Mark Dorfman details how innovation inspired by nature can help you gain the performance and sustainability edge in the chemical manufacturing and materials industries through an exploration of the opportunities life-friendly chemistry offers.

Curated by Mark Dorfman

Good things come in nano packages

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

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

Engineering, biomimicry fusion creates pavilion that grows

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

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