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Fluid wood instead of plastic for incredible structures

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Fluid wood instead of plastic for incredible structures

Arboform acts a lot like any other petroleum-based plastic to a manufacturer. It can be injection-molded as a heated liquid to form any shape. But Arboform is not made of petroleum. Instead, it is made of “Lignin, combined with resins, flax and other natural fibers” as described in this article:

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Alligator Blood for Antibiotics

September 13, 2015 | self service | Comments (0)

Alligator Blood for Antibiotics

Many American alligators live in stagnant, polluted waters. Their diet includes diseased, infected, and injured animals. In addition, fierce battles with prey often lead to wounds. Nevertheless, the alligators tend to remain healthy. Technical application: Bionic application:  

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eye-lens camera contact lens and monitoring your body for health purposes

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

eye-lens camera contact lens and monitoring your body for health purposes

First watch the video below! Cameras have long mimicked  the optics of the eye. Both collect and focus light with a convex outer lens. However, cameras have a shortcoming: They typically focus the image onto a flat surface. Whether this surface is covered with film or a digital sensor, distortio

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use liana or an air-beam to conquer long distances

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

use liana or an air-beam to conquer long distances

Tensairity® is a revolutionary light weight beam element developed by Airlight Ldt. The synergetic combination of an airbeam, cables and struts leads to this extraordinary light weight structure, using very low internal pressure but with the load bearing capacity of conventional steel girders.

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Snail - Robotics

September 13, 2015 | wet instead of dry | Comments (0)

Snail - Robotics

The snail is probably one of the most picked-on creatures in the world. How could this small, slow animal possibly benefit anyone, other than on the French menu as escargot? However, researchers are now copying the design of the snail when making small robots. Technical application: Bio

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porcupines inspire for medical applications and wound healing

September 13, 2015 | shape | Comments (0)

porcupines inspire for medical applications and wound healing

North American porcupines are well known for their unusual defense. An adult is coated with perhaps 30,000 needle-like hairs. An unfortunate dog that gets too close may find its nose resembling a pin cushion. Furthermore, the needles are not easy to remove. They are coated with microscopic, flexibl

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shoals of fish will offer their secret for windfarms

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

shoals of fish will offer their secret for windfarms

Wind turbines are the Colossus of the modern landscape, their blades sweeping circles more than a football field in diameter. Critics call them unsightly and say that the rotating blades clobber unsuspecting birds. John Dabiri of Caltech found a solution underwater. He built an experimental wind

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Sand fish might help rescue teams

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Sand fish might help rescue teams

The sandfish is a species of skink that burrows into the sand and swims through it.   Technical application: reduce friction, might help rescue teams to "dive" into collapsed buildings Bionic application: Further description: Physical effects applied: Video: Cont

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Shark Skin as an bacteria barrier

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Shark Skin as an bacteria barrier

In the sea, a whale’s skin is home to barnacles, algae, and bacteria. In contrast, shark skin is squeaky clean. Parasites appear unable to attach to the shark skin. It is thought that the many small ridges and bumps on the shark’s skin surface discourage attachment. Bacteria prefer to colonize a

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early bionic inspiration: the study of leg bones leads to the Eiffel Tower

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

early bionic inspiration: the study of leg bones leads to the Eiffel Tower

An international exhibition took place in Paris in 1889, the early counterpart of today’s World’s Fairs. During the planning stage there was competition between architects for new structures to commemorate the grand event. One French engineer, Gustave (Gustavo) Eiffel (1832-1923), went to an unu

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Leaves learn us how to produce electricity and harvest water

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Leaves learn us how to produce electricity and harvest water

Transpiration is the evaporation of water from the leaves of plants and trees. The undersides of leaves are dotted with hundreds of tiny openings called stoma. Carbon dioxide enters the leaf through these pores, and water escapes.  A mature tree may evaporate hundreds of gallons of water on a warm,

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Manta Ray goes beyond air

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Manta Ray goes beyond air

Air-ray, modelled on the manta ray, is a remote-controlled hybrid construction consisting of a helium-filled ballonet and a beating wing drive. Its lightweight design enables it to “swim” in the sea of air using the lift from the helium in a similar way to the manta ray in water.   &n

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Termites nest for ventilating skyscrapers

September 13, 2015 | temperature | Comments (0)

Termites nest for ventilating skyscrapers

Termits use a smart way to ventilate their nest.             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 f

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Self healing materials

September 13, 2015 | self service | Comments (0)

Self healing materials

Many processes in organisms based on the self-organization of biological components. For materials scientists, such substances are a dream: you react autonomously to their environment and can adapt to this different conditions. At the U.S. MIT researchers aim to produce such wonders molecules artifi

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Salt-Nano wire for high speed data transfer

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

Salt-Nano wire for high speed data transfer

We are all familiar with table salt, or sodium chloride (NaCl). This essential, common compound is ordinarily crystalline and brittle in nature. However, many materials behave strangely on the scale of minute quantities, and salt is no exception. Researchers at Boston College have explored tiny sal

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ultra-small lab equipment based on Bladderworts roots

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

ultra-small lab equipment  based on Bladderworts roots

One of the smallest traps in the world is inspiring physicists in studies of fluids. Bladderworts are a type of plant that grows in standing water or wet soil, and sometimes in very rough conditions. A unique aspect of this plant is its underwater roots which include many microscopic bladder-like t

[ read more ]

shoals of fish will offer their secret for windfarms

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

shoals of fish will offer their secret for windfarms

Wind turbines are the Colossus of the modern landscape, their blades sweeping circles more than a football field in diameter. Critics call them unsightly and say that the rotating blades clobber unsuspecting birds. John Dabiri of Caltech found a solution underwater. He built an experimental wind

[ read more ]

Leave inspire for more flexible robots, grabbers and operation tools

September 13, 2015 | shape | Comments (0)

Leave inspire for more flexible robots, grabbers and operation tools

Many plant blossoms open and close on a daily schedule and slowly follow the sun across the sky. Other plants display more vigorous behavior. The small leaves fold inward in just seconds and then slowly reopen. The active plant grows worldwide and the Latin term pudica  means shy, bashful, or shrin

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Wild animals (macrosystem) show the same behavior like electrons (microsystem)

September 13, 2015 | flexible cover | Comments (0)

Wild animals (macrosystem) show the same behavior like electrons (microsystem)

The search for a solution led McRae, now a biologist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, to his past life as an electrical engineer. He had a hunch that the way animals travel through a landscape might be similar to how electricity moves across circuits. If that were the c

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Salt-Nano wire for high speed data transfer

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

Salt-Nano wire for high speed data transfer

We are all familiar with table salt, or sodium chloride (NaCl). This essential, common compound is ordinarily crystalline and brittle in nature. However, many materials behave strangely on the scale of minute quantities, and salt is no exception. Researchers at Boston College have explored tiny sal

[ read more ]

walefin for optimized turbines

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

walefin for optimized turbines

The humpback whale has pronounced bumps or tubercles along the leading edge of its pectoral flippers (above left). A idealized model of the flipper (above upper right), which was tested in a wind tunnel, demonstrated that the tubercles enhanced hydrodynamic performance... Technical application:

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Building based on mechanical stiffness of sea-sponges

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Building based on mechanical stiffness of sea-sponges

The Euplectella aspergillum is a cylindrical sponge that lives intropical waters. It has a height of 45 cm. Its exoskeleton consists of hydrated, amorphous silicon dioxide organized into a complexnetwork of spicules that supports the structure. These fibres, whichare 5-10 cm long and as thin as a

[ read more ]

Manta Ray goes beyond air

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Manta Ray goes beyond air

Air-ray, modelled on the manta ray, is a remote-controlled hybrid construction consisting of a helium-filled ballonet and a beating wing drive. Its lightweight design enables it to “swim” in the sea of air using the lift from the helium in a similar way to the manta ray in water.   &n

[ read more ]

inspired by a tree: bypassing problems will make complex systems more fail-safe

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

inspired by a tree: bypassing problems will make complex systems more fail-safe

Look closely at many tree and plant leaves and you will see an intricate network of veins. Besides the channels branching outward from a central stem, you may also notice many smaller veins in random directions, connecting with each other in closed loops. This complex arrangement is unlike the simpl

[ read more ]

eye-lens camera contact lens and monitoring your body for health purposes

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

eye-lens camera contact lens and monitoring your body for health purposes

First watch the video below! Cameras have long mimicked  the optics of the eye. Both collect and focus light with a convex outer lens. However, cameras have a shortcoming: They typically focus the image onto a flat surface. Whether this surface is covered with film or a digital sensor, distortio

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your phone, inspired by yourself

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

your phone, inspired by yourself

The eardrum is a marvel of engineering. As thin as tissue paper, it vibrates in response to the slightest changes in air pressure. If the eardrum surface moves inward a distance equal to the diameter of a single atom, one hundred millionth of a centimeter, a distinct sound is perceived. Clearly, a

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Miracle Tree helps to get clean Water for a cheap price

September 13, 2015 | self service | Comments (0)

Miracle Tree helps to get clean Water for a cheap price

In today’s world more than one billion people lack access to clean drinking water. This leads to untold suffering and death from dysentery, typhoid, and other diseases associated with contaminated water sources. Children are especially victims of unsafe water. One solution to this serious problem

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Thorny Devil Lizard as Water Collector

September 13, 2015 | rough instead of smooth | Comments (0)

Thorny Devil Lizard as Water Collector

The thorny devil lizard, or thorny dragon, lives in the desert areas of central Australia. This lizard, just 4-6 inches long, looks ferocious with a body completely covered with thorny spines. Two additional large pointed scales on its head resemble curved horns. How does this animal survive in

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Building based on mechanical stiffness of sea-sponges

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Building based on mechanical stiffness of sea-sponges

The Euplectella aspergillum is a cylindrical sponge that lives intropical waters. It has a height of 45 cm. Its exoskeleton consists of hydrated, amorphous silicon dioxide organized into a complexnetwork of spicules that supports the structure. These fibres, whichare 5-10 cm long and as thin as a

[ read more ]

Human climbing with efficiently scaled gecko-inspired dry adhesives

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Human climbing with efficiently scaled gecko-inspired dry adhesives

We present a mechanical concept which improves upon the gecko's non-uniform load-sharing and results in a nearly even load distribution over multiple patches of gecko-inspired adhesive. Since the discovery of the mechanism of adhesion in geckos, many synthetic dry adhesives have been developed wi

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lizard tail for stabilizers

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

lizard tail for stabilizers

Lizards are some of the most versatile animals on the planet. Geckoes for example can climb straight up walls, even across glass ceilings upside down. Their feet have been studied to learn how to make better adhesives. Now, lizards are the subject of a new investigation which includes the dinosaurs.

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Razor Clam - Anchor

September 13, 2015 | wet instead of dry | Comments (0)

Razor Clam - Anchor

The razor clam has a long narrow shell, somewhat resembling an old-fashioned straight razor.  The shells also have a sharp edge. The clam is hunted for food in exposed mudflats along the ocean shoreline. Its defense against people and predators is an impressive ability to burrow underground rapidly

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Leaves learn us how to produce electricity and harvest water

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Leaves learn us how to produce electricity and harvest water

Transpiration is the evaporation of water from the leaves of plants and trees. The undersides of leaves are dotted with hundreds of tiny openings called stoma. Carbon dioxide enters the leaf through these pores, and water escapes.  A mature tree may evaporate hundreds of gallons of water on a warm,

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beaver teeths for sharp cutting-tools

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

beaver teeths for sharp cutting-tools

German engineers have applied the tooth sharpening ability of rodents to cutting tools. Beavers, rats, rabbits and similar rodents depend on their teeth for survival. They are experts at gnawing, and their teeth are designed with a self-sharpening ability. Unlike our own, rodent teeth are covered

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airtight and flexible, the Arampaima skin

September 13, 2015 | tension | Comments (0)

airtight and flexible, the Arampaima skin

Brazil's Amazon waterways are home to the feared piranha. The razor-like teeth of these aggressive fish make quick work of most prey. However, large Arapaima fish share space with piranha, even in crowded ponds. Arapaima are one of the largest freshwater fish, reaching 300 pounds and a length of 8 f

[ read more ]

bionic penguin as diving robot

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

bionic penguin as diving robot

‘Nature demonstrates how maximum performance can be achieved with minimum energy consumption,’ a Festo spokesman said. “The life-size bionic birds are hydrodynamic and can turn like real penguins because of the flexible glass fibre rods that control their heads. Technical application: su

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our brain inspires for supercomputers

September 13, 2015 | swarm intelligence | Comments (0)

our brain inspires for supercomputers

Computers have come a long way but they still primitive compared with our own brainpower. Our brains can handle much more information and processing than any supercomputer yet developed. The brain is so far superior to current computers that scientists seek ways to mimic its “wiring” in modern c

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bionic penguin as diving robot

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

bionic penguin as diving robot

‘Nature demonstrates how maximum performance can be achieved with minimum energy consumption,’ a Festo spokesman said. “The life-size bionic birds are hydrodynamic and can turn like real penguins because of the flexible glass fibre rods that control their heads. Technical application: su

[ read more ]

Building based on mechanical stiffness of sea-sponges

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Building based on mechanical stiffness of sea-sponges

The Euplectella aspergillum is a cylindrical sponge that lives intropical waters. It has a height of 45 cm. Its exoskeleton consists of hydrated, amorphous silicon dioxide organized into a complexnetwork of spicules that supports the structure. These fibres, whichare 5-10 cm long and as thin as a

[ read more ]

leaf-solar collector; make your own hydrogen

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

leaf-solar collector; make your own hydrogen

Solar energy is a popular topic today, and plants provide us with ideas for efficient collection of sunshine energy. During photosynthesis, sunlight converts carbon dioxide into water and sugars which nourish the plant. Worldwide, the daily rate of solar energy absorption by vegetation is six times

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stegosaurus plates for innovative wind-turbines

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

stegosaurus plates for innovative wind-turbines

Thousands of wind turbines have been installed worldwide in recent years for the production of clean electric energy. Efforts continue to make the large turbines efficient and quiet. One successful modification of existing turbine blades is inspired by the stegosaur.   Technical applicat

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Use algae to create meachanical nano gears

September 13, 2015 | tension | Comments (0)

Use algae to create meachanical nano gears

Diatoms are microscopic, single-celled algae. They are typically a few microns in diameter, ten times smaller than the width of a human hair. There are many thousands of distinct diatom species known, in both plant and animal varieties. They exist in countless numbers in the sea and are the base of

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lizard tail for stabilizers

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

lizard tail for stabilizers

Lizards are some of the most versatile animals on the planet. Geckoes for example can climb straight up walls, even across glass ceilings upside down. Their feet have been studied to learn how to make better adhesives. Now, lizards are the subject of a new investigation which includes the dinosaurs.

[ read more ]

sea-mouse inspired wire for micro circuits

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

sea-mouse inspired wire for micro circuits

The sea mouse lives at the bottom of northern seas. Actually a worm, the creature’s name results from its furry appearance. The size of a thumb, the sea mouse is covered with many thousands of crystalline fibers called setae. These strands shimmer with iridescent colors as they reflect sunlight wh

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future glass will withstand the impact of a baseball

September 13, 2015 | stability | Comments (0)

future glass will withstand the impact of a baseball

How do sea shells stay in one piece as they are buffeted constantly by strong currents and waves? After all, most shells consist of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) which is a brittle and relatively weak material. Calcium carbonate takes many forms including marble, limestone, and chalk. One secret of s

[ read more ]

bio-inspired spring to reach your tall targets

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

bio-inspired spring to reach your tall targets

It has long been known that many climbing plants produce unusual tendrils for grasping and climbing. When stretched tightly, the spiral-shaped fibers do not unwind to a flat ribbon like a typical spring shape such as a telephone cord. Instead, when stretched, sections of the fiber coil further in t

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Fluid wood instead of plastic for incredible structures

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Fluid wood instead of plastic for incredible structures

Arboform acts a lot like any other petroleum-based plastic to a manufacturer. It can be injection-molded as a heated liquid to form any shape. But Arboform is not made of petroleum. Instead, it is made of “Lignin, combined with resins, flax and other natural fibers” as described in this article:

[ read more ]

Use water as a memory storage for computers?

September 13, 2015 | shape | Comments (0)

Use water as a memory storage for computers?

At first, we strenuously observed crystals of tap water, river water, and lake water. From the tap water we could not get any beautiful crystals. We could not get any beautiful ones from rivers and lakes near big cities, either. Technical application: memory storage, health care applications

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mimic the chameleons tongue will offer new robot arms

September 13, 2015 | rough instead of smooth | Comments (0)

mimic the chameleons tongue will offer new robot arms

Chameleons display many design features including changing skin color and stereoscopic eyesight. Another feature is their ability to capture insects with an extended tongue. Upon sighting fresh prey, the chameleon quickly extends its tongue to twice its body length. The tongue moves outward at ten m

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bio-inspired spring to reach your tall targets

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

bio-inspired spring to reach your tall targets

It has long been known that many climbing plants produce unusual tendrils for grasping and climbing. When stretched tightly, the spiral-shaped fibers do not unwind to a flat ribbon like a typical spring shape such as a telephone cord. Instead, when stretched, sections of the fiber coil further in t

[ read more ]

Termites nest for ventilating skyscrapers

September 13, 2015 | temperature | Comments (0)

Termites nest for ventilating skyscrapers

Termits use a smart way to ventilate their nest.             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 f

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osmose-driven powerplants on every river delta offers gigantic energy

September 13, 2015 | power | Comments (0)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5VBIYNBaDk

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Sand fish might help rescue teams

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Sand fish might help rescue teams

The sandfish is a species of skink that burrows into the sand and swims through it.   Technical application: reduce friction, might help rescue teams to "dive" into collapsed buildings Bionic application: Further description: Physical effects applied: Video: Cont

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Hook fastener with up to 35 tonns / m²

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

Hook fastener with up to 35 tonns / m²

Hook and loop fasteners have become commonplace features of both industry and households.   These fasteners are resistant to chemicals and can withstand a tensile load of up to 35 tonnes per square meter at temperatures as high as 800°C. Technical application: Metaklett is basi

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mimic the dragon fish; put chlorophyll into your eye for higher night vison sensitivity

September 13, 2015 | use colors | Comments (0)

mimic the dragon fish; put chlorophyll into your eye for higher night vison sensitivity

Many marine creatures produce chemical light in a process called bioluminescence. The typical color produced is blue. One group of deep-sea fish, however, called the Malacosteid family, produce an unusual red color. They are also called dragon-fish or loose-jaws. Other fish cannot see or detect the

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inspired by a tree: bypassing problems will make complex systems more fail-safe

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

inspired by a tree: bypassing problems will make complex systems more fail-safe

Look closely at many tree and plant leaves and you will see an intricate network of veins. Besides the channels branching outward from a central stem, you may also notice many smaller veins in random directions, connecting with each other in closed loops. This complex arrangement is unlike the simpl

[ read more ]

gecko feet sticks by the force of electricity

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

gecko feet sticks by the force of electricity

Electronic circuits typically constructed on very thin silicon surfaces. Now, suppose that we want to transfer such a circuit unto a non-flat surface such as cloth or leather. Circuits are fragile and any surface contact during movement can be destructive. Researchers at Northwestern University and

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Snail - Robotics

September 13, 2015 | wet instead of dry | Comments (0)

Snail - Robotics

The snail is probably one of the most picked-on creatures in the world. How could this small, slow animal possibly benefit anyone, other than on the French menu as escargot? However, researchers are now copying the design of the snail when making small robots. Technical application: Bio

[ read more ]

Manta Ray goes beyond air

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Manta Ray goes beyond air

Air-ray, modelled on the manta ray, is a remote-controlled hybrid construction consisting of a helium-filled ballonet and a beating wing drive. Its lightweight design enables it to “swim” in the sea of air using the lift from the helium in a similar way to the manta ray in water.   &n

[ read more ]

future glass will withstand the impact of a baseball

September 13, 2015 | stability | Comments (0)

future glass will withstand the impact of a baseball

How do sea shells stay in one piece as they are buffeted constantly by strong currents and waves? After all, most shells consist of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) which is a brittle and relatively weak material. Calcium carbonate takes many forms including marble, limestone, and chalk. One secret of s

[ read more ]

thermoelectric effect

September 13, 2015 | thermoelectric effect | Comments (0)

thermoelectric effect

The thermoelectric effect is the direct conversion of temperature differences to electric voltage and vice versa. A thermoelectric device creates voltage when there is a different temperature on each side. Conversely, when a voltage is applied to it, it creates a temperature difference. At the atomi

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sugar for Vaccines conservation

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

sugar for Vaccines conservation

Nova’s stabilisation platforms are based on a sugar-glass stabilization concept. The inspiration for this technology arose from observations of anhydrobiotic organisms, such as the Resurrection Plant (Selaginella lepidophylla), which can protect themselves from extreme desiccation. Such organisms

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Dolphin-Monofin

September 13, 2015 | speed | Comments (0)

Dolphin-Monofin

Many sea creatures including dolphins, porpoises, and whales have a tail structure that results in impressive bursts of speed. Their tail fin, called a fluke, is waved back and forth to provide forward motion. Meanwhile, the pectoral and dorsal fins provide directional stability. Dolphins reach spee

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Leave inspire for more flexible robots, grabbers and operation tools

September 13, 2015 | shape | Comments (0)

Leave inspire for more flexible robots, grabbers and operation tools

Many plant blossoms open and close on a daily schedule and slowly follow the sun across the sky. Other plants display more vigorous behavior. The small leaves fold inward in just seconds and then slowly reopen. The active plant grows worldwide and the Latin term pudica  means shy, bashful, or shrin

[ read more ]

leaf-solar collector; make your own hydrogen

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

leaf-solar collector; make your own hydrogen

Solar energy is a popular topic today, and plants provide us with ideas for efficient collection of sunshine energy. During photosynthesis, sunlight converts carbon dioxide into water and sugars which nourish the plant. Worldwide, the daily rate of solar energy absorption by vegetation is six times

[ read more ]

Zebrafish - Spine Repair

September 13, 2015 | self service | Comments (0)

Zebrafish - Spine Repair

Injuries to the spine are some of the most serious challenges in medicine. We are all familiar with the tragedy of paralysis which may result from spinal trauma.  In mammals, including people, a protective mechanism results in an unfavorable side effect to spinal trauma.  Following an injury, cell

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dandelion roots as substitute for common rubber

September 13, 2015 | speed | Comments (0)

dandelion roots as substitute for common rubber

Continental has at the Commercial Vehicle IAA his future version of the tire presents: Sustainable, and especially less dependent on price fluctuations than the usual natural rubber, is the tire manufacturer on the commodity dandelion. On Tuesday the first test tire rubber from dandelions was prese

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Alga drive hydrogen vehicles

September 13, 2015 | power | Comments (0)

Alga drive hydrogen vehicles

The biological hydrogen production with algae is a method of photobiological water splitting which is done in a closed photobioreactor based on the production of hydrogen as a solar fuel by algae. Technical application: propellent for cars Bionic application: Further description:

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Use water as a memory storage for computers?

September 13, 2015 | shape | Comments (0)

Use water as a memory storage for computers?

At first, we strenuously observed crystals of tap water, river water, and lake water. From the tap water we could not get any beautiful crystals. We could not get any beautiful ones from rivers and lakes near big cities, either. Technical application: memory storage, health care applications

[ read more ]

airtight and flexible, the Arampaima skin

September 13, 2015 | tension | Comments (0)

airtight and flexible, the Arampaima skin

Brazil's Amazon waterways are home to the feared piranha. The razor-like teeth of these aggressive fish make quick work of most prey. However, large Arapaima fish share space with piranha, even in crowded ponds. Arapaima are one of the largest freshwater fish, reaching 300 pounds and a length of 8 f

[ read more ]

ultrathin insulation for buildings inspired by the polar bear

September 13, 2015 | temperature | Comments (0)

ultrathin insulation for buildings inspired by the polar bear

Mimicking polar bear fur, which is able to insulate the animal's body to temperatures of 98.6° F (37° C) when outside temperatures get as low as -40° F (-40° C) could lead to better building insulation Technical application: ultrathin insulation   Bionic application: pol

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Bees manage the grid

September 13, 2015 | swarm intelligence | Comments (0)

Bees manage the grid

REGEN Energy is a technology company, founded on the basis of biomimicry, whose founders set out to transform the energy efficiency landscape and develop a sophisticated new energy management technology based on the communication patterns of honeybees. Technical application: organize com

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scorpion "skin" for more abrasion resistance

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

scorpion

A species of North African scorpion does not mind getting sand blasted or whipped by desert winds. While other desert creatures burrow downward for protection, the scorpion scurries in the open and withstands abrasion. Studies reveal that its surface is covered with many hardened, dome-shaped bumps

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the mystical movement of snakes

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

the mystical movement of snakes

Snakes have scales on their belly skin which help them move about. On a flat surface, the body weight is continuously redistributed for maximum friction, and the scales provide grip. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have made detailed studies of the movement of the milk snake. The

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ultra-small lab equipment based on Bladderworts roots

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

ultra-small lab equipment  based on Bladderworts roots

One of the smallest traps in the world is inspiring physicists in studies of fluids. Bladderworts are a type of plant that grows in standing water or wet soil, and sometimes in very rough conditions. A unique aspect of this plant is its underwater roots which include many microscopic bladder-like t

[ read more ]

bio-inspired spring to reach your tall targets

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

bio-inspired spring to reach your tall targets

It has long been known that many climbing plants produce unusual tendrils for grasping and climbing. When stretched tightly, the spiral-shaped fibers do not unwind to a flat ribbon like a typical spring shape such as a telephone cord. Instead, when stretched, sections of the fiber coil further in t

[ read more ]

shoals of fish will offer their secret for windfarms

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

shoals of fish will offer their secret for windfarms

Wind turbines are the Colossus of the modern landscape, their blades sweeping circles more than a football field in diameter. Critics call them unsightly and say that the rotating blades clobber unsuspecting birds. John Dabiri of Caltech found a solution underwater. He built an experimental wind

[ read more ]

bionic penguin as diving robot

September 13, 2015 | up/down lift | Comments (0)

bionic penguin as diving robot

‘Nature demonstrates how maximum performance can be achieved with minimum energy consumption,’ a Festo spokesman said. “The life-size bionic birds are hydrodynamic and can turn like real penguins because of the flexible glass fibre rods that control their heads. Technical application: su

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Home, family, society of the future?

September 13, 2015 | Post Growth Economy | Comments (0)

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tree frog climb wet and dirty surfaces as well as upside down surfaces without falling

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

tree frog climb wet and dirty surfaces as well as upside down surfaces without falling

Here is an activity to try with a length of adhesive tape. Press the tape against a dusty surface several times. As expected, the tape quickly loses its holding strength as dust particles collect and coat the sticky side. In contrast, consider tree frogs which thrive in dusty, wet, or muddy surround

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Morpho butterfly; color without pigments

September 13, 2015 | use colors | Comments (0)

Morpho butterfly; color without pigments

Many 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 la

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Dolphin-Monofin

September 13, 2015 | speed | Comments (0)

Dolphin-Monofin

Many sea creatures including dolphins, porpoises, and whales have a tail structure that results in impressive bursts of speed. Their tail fin, called a fluke, is waved back and forth to provide forward motion. Meanwhile, the pectoral and dorsal fins provide directional stability. Dolphins reach spee

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Sea Urchin inspires for Self-sharpening Tools

September 13, 2015 | stability | Comments (0)

Sea Urchin inspires for Self-sharpening Tools

The sea urchin is well known for its many outward-pointing spines. However, five symmetric teeth at the center of its body are even more impressive than the spines. These teeth are able to chew through solid rock, making a cavity in which the sea urchin hides and withstands the surge of water curre

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Pilot Whale for a Self-cleaning Ship Hull and safe of fuel costs

September 13, 2015 | wet instead of dry | Comments (0)

Pilot Whale for a Self-cleaning Ship Hull and safe of fuel costs

Long-finned pilot whales swim in cool regions of the oceans. They grow to 12-16 feet in length and weigh several tons. The whales are characterized by an enlarged forehead and a swimming behavior similar to dolphins. The creatures are found to have highly-specialized apparatus for maintaining smoot

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Sea Cucumber-Brain Implant

September 13, 2015 | occurs when necessary | Comments (0)

Sea Cucumber-Brain Implant

Sea cucumbers are found on the floor of all the world’s oceans. Their tubular shape resembles a cucumber taken from the garden. The animals frequent shallow coastal waters and are also found in the deepest ocean. Sea cucumbers, also called sea slugs, are colorful occupants of many salt water aquar

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gecko feet sticks by the force of electricity

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

gecko feet sticks by the force of electricity

Electronic circuits typically constructed on very thin silicon surfaces. Now, suppose that we want to transfer such a circuit unto a non-flat surface such as cloth or leather. Circuits are fragile and any surface contact during movement can be destructive. Researchers at Northwestern University and

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capillary action

September 13, 2015 | Capillary action | Comments (0)

capillary action

Capillary action (sometimes capillarity, capillary motion, or wicking) is the ability of a liquid to flow in narrow spaces without the assistance of, and in opposition to, external forces like gravity. The effect can be seen in the drawing up of liquids between the hairs of a paint-brush, in a thin

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Shark Skin as an bacteria barrier

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Shark Skin as an bacteria barrier

In the sea, a whale’s skin is home to barnacles, algae, and bacteria. In contrast, shark skin is squeaky clean. Parasites appear unable to attach to the shark skin. It is thought that the many small ridges and bumps on the shark’s skin surface discourage attachment. Bacteria prefer to colonize a

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early bionic inspiration: the study of leg bones leads to the Eiffel Tower

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

early bionic inspiration: the study of leg bones leads to the Eiffel Tower

An international exhibition took place in Paris in 1889, the early counterpart of today’s World’s Fairs. During the planning stage there was competition between architects for new structures to commemorate the grand event. One French engineer, Gustave (Gustavo) Eiffel (1832-1923), went to an unu

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Hook fastener with up to 35 tonns / m²

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

Hook fastener with up to 35 tonns / m²

Hook and loop fasteners have become commonplace features of both industry and households.   These fasteners are resistant to chemicals and can withstand a tensile load of up to 35 tonnes per square meter at temperatures as high as 800°C. Technical application: Metaklett is basi

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inspired by a tree: bypassing problems will make complex systems more fail-safe

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

inspired by a tree: bypassing problems will make complex systems more fail-safe

Look closely at many tree and plant leaves and you will see an intricate network of veins. Besides the channels branching outward from a central stem, you may also notice many smaller veins in random directions, connecting with each other in closed loops. This complex arrangement is unlike the simpl

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the mystical movement of snakes

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

the mystical movement of snakes

Snakes have scales on their belly skin which help them move about. On a flat surface, the body weight is continuously redistributed for maximum friction, and the scales provide grip. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have made detailed studies of the movement of the milk snake. The

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a much more efficient impellent for submarines

September 13, 2015 | speed | Comments (0)

a much more efficient impellent for submarines

A researcher at Caltech is developing new ways to power submarines and windmills using the lowly jellyfish. Jellyfish have a unique method of swimming through ocean water. Rather than using fins and flippers, they “pump” their body to produce ring-shaped pulses of water called vortex rings. Thes

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Fluid wood instead of plastic for incredible structures

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Fluid wood instead of plastic for incredible structures

Arboform acts a lot like any other petroleum-based plastic to a manufacturer. It can be injection-molded as a heated liquid to form any shape. But Arboform is not made of petroleum. Instead, it is made of “Lignin, combined with resins, flax and other natural fibers” as described in this article:

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flexible eye lens focused by a fluid

September 13, 2015 | volume | Comments (0)

flexible eye lens focused by a fluid

The lens in our eye has a special designed feature called accommodation. That is, the lens changes shape, curvature, or focal length to bring images into focus. When we look at a far distant object the lens becomes thinner. For nearby objects the lens thickens and becomes rounder for clear vision.

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Leaves learn us how to produce electricity and harvest water

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Leaves learn us how to produce electricity and harvest water

Transpiration is the evaporation of water from the leaves of plants and trees. The undersides of leaves are dotted with hundreds of tiny openings called stoma. Carbon dioxide enters the leaf through these pores, and water escapes.  A mature tree may evaporate hundreds of gallons of water on a warm,

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"Killer Whales" inspire for Undersea Hydrophone

September 13, 2015 | periodical action | Comments (0)

Sound is always produced and heard as a vibration, whether a violin string, vocal chords, or an ear drum. Sound vibrations in our hearing range vary between 20 and 20,000 cycles per second. Sound waves travel in air as vibrating air molecules, and also through water as pressure waves. Underwater mic

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sugar for Vaccines conservation

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

sugar for Vaccines conservation

Nova’s stabilisation platforms are based on a sugar-glass stabilization concept. The inspiration for this technology arose from observations of anhydrobiotic organisms, such as the Resurrection Plant (Selaginella lepidophylla), which can protect themselves from extreme desiccation. Such organisms

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Gecko feet for car tires

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Gecko feet for car tires

Using design principles inspired by the nanoscopic hairs on the gecko, UC Berkeley researchers and colleagues have created a novel microfiber array which has very high friction but is not ``sticky''.   Technical application: car tires, drive on solar panels   Bionic

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Use water as a memory storage for computers?

September 13, 2015 | shape | Comments (0)

Use water as a memory storage for computers?

At first, we strenuously observed crystals of tap water, river water, and lake water. From the tap water we could not get any beautiful crystals. We could not get any beautiful ones from rivers and lakes near big cities, either. Technical application: memory storage, health care applications

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shoals of fish will offer their secret for windfarms

fishsoal windfarmWind turbines are the Colossus of the modern landscape, their blades sweeping circles more than a football field in diameter. Critics call them unsightly and say that the rotating blades clobber unsuspecting birds.

John Dabiri of Caltech found a solution underwater. He built an experimental wind farm — the Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy (FLOWE) — in which the location of turbines relative to each other takes advantage of the air flow among them.

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