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How a coconut can save your cellphone

April 21st, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Packaging, Product Design|Sectors: , , , |

How a coconut can save your cellphone

Functional gradients are one of the patterns observed in the natural world as a tactic for lightweighting. Recent research published by IOP Science describes how coconuts exhibit functional gradients through the arrangement of fibers leading to greater impact resistance. Might this inspire, say, lightweight + impact resistant cellphone cases?

Curated by Erin Rovalo

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

Network discounts available for major conferences

April 12th, 2017|Categories: Announcements|Sectors: , , , , |

Network discounts available for major conferences

It’s going to be a busy spring for our curators, who along with providing the latest biomimicry intel here, travel the world to share the latest in biomimicry innovations at events and conferences. Want to join them? There are four upcoming events that have shared discount codes for our network. International Living Future Institute (10% discount with code BIOMIMICRY10), SHINE at Harvard (10% discount with code BIOMIMICRY), Sustainable Brands (20% discount with code nwSPEAKsb17d), and USCCF Circular Economy Conference (20% discount through April 28 by registering here).

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

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

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

Nature is Alive with Chemistry

March 10th, 2017|Categories: Life's Principles, Materials, Webinar|Sectors: , , , , |

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Nature is Alive with Chemistry

In this pre-recorded webinar available on demand, Biomimicry 3.8 chemist Mark Dorfman unpacks the complexity of chemical science as he takes us on an illuminating tour of nature’s chemistry-based adaptations, including a deep dive into how we can “use life-friendly chemistry”–one of Life’s Principles that represent the main strategies and deep design lessons Life has evolved over 3.8 billion years in order to survive and thrive.

Curated by Mark Dorfman

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.

Curated by Janine Benyus

Researchers identify missing link in spider silk emulation

February 17th, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Materials, Textiles|Sectors: , , , , , , , , , , |

Researchers identify missing link in spider silk emulation

The limitation to emulating the super properties of spider silk for the last decade has not been the chemistry, but rather the method of extrusion. Turns out the amazing dynamics of spider silk rely critically on how the silk itself is spun through the spider’s spinnerets. The technology detailed in this Seeker article will open up possibilities for silk emulation for applications far beyond the suggested nerve repair opportunity.

Dayna-01Curated by Dayna Baumeister

Dolphins help solve tricky design challenge

February 10th, 2017|Categories: Materials, Product Design, Structures|Sectors: , , , |

Dolphins help solve tricky design challenge

The challenge: Design a micro, hyper-efficient laptop fan. The solution? In this case, computer manufacturing company Lenovo turned to one of our favorite sea mammals, the dolphin. By designing the fan to mimic the shape and design of a dolphin body, they were able to solve a sticky problem and create a high-performance fan for their laptops. Learn more in this Great Big Story video.

Jenna-01Curated by Jenna Cederberg

A Peek into Biomimicry at Kimberly-Clark

February 9th, 2017|Categories: Collaboration, Materials, Textiles|Sectors: |

A Peek into Biomimicry at Kimberly-Clark

Marsha Forthofer, a Biomimicry Professional at Kimberly Clark, and Dr. Michael Helms of Georgia Tech share a inside look at a biomimicry project they worked on in collaboration in this free recorded webinar. Great insight into some tools to support problem definition on a biomimicry project as well as “biological readiness level” (BRL) of research findings. Great stuff!

Erin-01Curated by Erin Rovalo