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Good things come in nano packages

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

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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: , , , , |

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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

Infographic: Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, News, Structures|Sectors: , , |

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Infographic: Lightweighting Principles Inspired by Nature

During her recent Synapse webinar, Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones, 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.  Go here to get the free download!

Curated by Erin Rovalo

‘Seedkit’ helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

March 18th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Planning, Policy, Structures, Water|Sectors: , , |

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'Seedkit' helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

It’s a remarkable (and 100% achievable!) vision: Imagining how nature’s genius can help transform design and create sustainable cities of the future. A new toolkit from Urban Greenprint is exploring how employing biomimicry can manage waterflow, drawing from strategies found in the rainy Pacific Northwest. The wonderfully-named Seedkit allows users to easily explore an awesome set of water management ideas–all inspired by nature.

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

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

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

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.

Curated by Janine Benyus

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.

Curated by Janine Benyus

Honeybee hexagons and the 100x factor

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

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Bacteria hitch on a ride on the fungal highway

February 11th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Structures|Sectors: , , |

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