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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

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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Interface, Inc.’s vision of a factory as a forest

February 18th, 2017|Categories: Circular Economy, News Feed, Resilience|Sectors: |

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Breast milk study shows urgency in need to find nature-inspired chemical alternatives

January 14th, 2017|Categories: News Feed, Resilience, Wellness|Sectors: , , , , , , |

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Cybersecurity solutions: Threats and attacks aren’t new in nature

January 7th, 2017|Categories: News Feed, Organizations, Resilience, Technology|Sectors: |

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Learning from rapid evolution to help minimize industrial chemical effects

December 22nd, 2016|Categories: News Feed, Resilience, Waste|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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Plant ‘revival’ adaptation could spur innovation in multiple sectors

December 1st, 2016|Categories: News Feed, Packaging, Resilience|Sectors: , |

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Habitecture’ brings balance to buildings, ecosystems

October 29th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, News Feed, Resilience, Waste|Sectors: |

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Looking to insect societies to increase infrastructure efficiencies

October 15th, 2016|Categories: Life's Principles, News Feed, Resilience|Sectors: , , , |

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