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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

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

Examining biomimicry’s ‘significant potential’ in architecture

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

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

January 7th, 2017|Categories: News Feed, Organizations, Resilience, Technology|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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Pulling energy form indirect ‘sunlight’

November 11th, 2016|Categories: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, News Feed|Sectors: , |

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