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Bees manage the grid

bee_swarm REGEN Energy is a technology company, founded on the basis of biomimicry, whose founders set out to
powergrid transform the energy efficiency landscape and develop a sophisticated new energy management technology

based on the communication patterns of honeybees.

Technical application:

organize complex power grids

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Morpho butterfly; color without pigments

morphoMany morpho butterflies are colored in metallic, shimmering shades of blues and greens. These colors are not a result of pigmentation but are an example of iridescence through structural coloration: the microscopic scales covering the Morpho’s wings reflect incident light repeatedly at successive layers, leading to interference effects that depend on both wavelength and angle of incidence/observance.

Technical application:

“painting” without pigments, thermal sensors

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Scientists Mimic Fireflies to Make Brighter LEDs

led_fly The nighttime twinkling of fireflies has inspired scientists to modify a light-emitting diode (LED) so it is more than one and a half times as efficient as ledthe original. Researchers from Belgium, France, and Canada studied the internal structure of firefly lanterns, the organs on the bioluminescent insects’ abdomens that flash to attract mates.

 

Technical application:

Better LED technology

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Honeycomb for stiff constructions

honeycombHoneycomb structures are natural or man-made structures that have the geometry of a honeycomb to allow the minimization of the amount of used material to reach minimal weight and minimal material cost.

Technical application:

composit materials, low weight constructions

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Termites nest for ventilating skyscrapers

Termits use a smart way to ventilate their nest.

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A team of mechanical and civil engineers at Loughborough University, UK, hopes to construct buildings that can create comfortable living conditions by extending our use of renewable forms of energy. How so? By unlocking a few of the mysteries found in the termite mounds on the plains of Namibia, Africa.

Technical application:

Shanghai Tower

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