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Scientists look to octopi to rethink robots

March 16th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, News Feed|Sectors: , |

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Scientists look to octopi to rethink robots

A common challenge in biomimetic design is our own limitations in materiality compared to that observed in the natural world. Nature has recently published a paper from robotics scientists making new leaps in the ability to mimic the soft-bodied articulation of octopi by rethinking typically rigid aspects of robotic construction, such as batteries.

Curated by Erin Rovalo

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

DNA may hold key to building super computers of the future

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

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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.

Curated by Janine Benyus

Lightweighting like nature: A futuristic concept no longer

March 9th, 2017|Categories: Materials, News Feed, Structures|Sectors: , , |

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Lightweighting like nature: A futuristic concept no longer

On the heels of our webinar series on Lightweighting Inspired by Nature with Janine Benyus, Nature Nanotechnology has just published new findings on how we might mimic nature’s ability to build lightweight materials with hierarchical nano-, micro-, and macro-structures that self assemble. Lightweighting like nature is a futuristic concept, but these new findings shed new light on how it will be possible.

Curated by Erin Rovalo

Mussels’ ‘waterproof glue’ relies on multi-molecular technology

March 4th, 2017|Categories: Materials, News Feed, Product Design|Sectors: , , |

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Seagrasses wave goodbye to pathogens

March 3rd, 2017|Categories: News Feed, Water, Wellness|Sectors: , , |

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Examining biomimicry’s ‘significant potential’ in architecture

March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Architecture, News Feed, Product Design|Sectors: |

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Monkey pod tree inspires locally attuned functionality

February 26th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Energy Efficiency, News Feed|Sectors: |

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What happens when you compress the age of the Earth into 12 months?

February 25th, 2017|Categories: Announcements, Life's Principles, News Feed, Resilience|Sectors: |

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Honeybee hexagons and the 100x factor

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

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