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Butterfly posturing helps solar panels boost efficiency

By mimicking the v-shaped posture of cabbage white, or small white, butterflies, researchers say they can boost solar panel efficiency. Squeezing more from less is essential to making renewable energy technologies economically viable. Now, winged insects are chipping in to … Continue reading

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Biomimicry Tools to Inspire Designers

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Rainforest epiphyte leaf formation / Reforestation.me “Biomimicry is about learning from nature to inspire design solutions for human problems,” said Gretchen Hooker with the Biomimicry Institute at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas. To enable the…

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How seashells inspired ‘unbreakable’ glass

Researchers at McGill’s department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a new technique that increases the toughness of glass by a factor of 200. Led by Francois Barthelat and current postdoctoral researcher Mohammad Mirkhalaf, the research was inspired by seashells. Seashells are apparently the … Continue reading

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Six Key Steps for Biomimicry & Design

Biomimicry is still unheard of in many walks of life. By looking at these six steps, all of which are already present in other scientific and business development models, will help Biomimicry to deliver more ideas across many new subjects in the future. The … Continue reading

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Using nature’s genius in architecture

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from … Continue reading

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A glass window that mimics spider webs, surely not?

Well actually yes there is and it’s used to prevent bird collisions. Hundreds of millions of birds die every year from collisions with buildings windows, you may have even experienced this at home. Well scientists have identified a solution from … Continue reading

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Shark inspired car

In the 1960’s the then head of styling and design at General Motors was Bill Mitchell who, having returned from a fishing trip having landed a mako shark, mounted his prize in his office and set out to build a concept car … Continue reading

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Underwater acoustic modems based on Dolphin communications

Having led the surveying team that positioned many of  the sub-sea structures in Shells Gannet Field (an oil field constructed in the late 1980’s) using highly accurate sonar arrays, you might imagine my enthusiasm for a new invention I came … Continue reading

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Why Toucans have a high beak-to-body ratio?

The flashy beak of the playfully over-sized toco toucan, according to the thewritingengineer.com, has a unique ability to regulate blood flow as a solar heat collector during cool periods and as a thermal release mechanism to prevent overheating during hot weather. The dark-colored collector … Continue reading

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How Termites created air conditioning before we did

Termites discovered how to keep their internal nest temperature in a range of 1 degree Celsius even though external temperatures can change by as much as 39 degrees Celsius. By looking at how the Termite mounds are created, the design … Continue reading

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