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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

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

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

Researchers identify missing link in spider silk emulation

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

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Dolphins help solve tricky design challenge

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

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New technology could help us emulate nature’s brilliant shapes

February 4th, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Architecture, Carbon, Energy Efficiency, Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Product Design, Structures, Textiles, Water|Sectors: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Looking to nature for self-shaping ceramics

January 28th, 2017|Categories: Materials, News Feed, Structures|Sectors: , , , |

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Understanding the complex signaling of chemistry could change the way we innovate

December 31st, 2016|Categories: Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Wellness|Sectors: , , , , |

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Super-powered batteries modeled after human gut

December 17th, 2016|Categories: Energy Efficiency, News Feed|Sectors: , |

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