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Saliva a wound-healing elixier

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

Saliva a wound-healing elixier

This example of a practical design in nature may lack appeal but it is vitally important to our health. A common phrase is to “lick one’s own wounds.” This saying expresses the effort to care for one’s own needs and generally look out for oneself. However, there is a more practical applicati

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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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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

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Insect´s eye for gigapixel cameras

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

Insect´s eye for gigapixel cameras

Insects have a wide field of view and are acutely sensitive to motion, as anyone who has tried chasing a housefly knows. Researchers have now created a digital camera that mimics the curved, compound structure of an insect eye. These cameras could be used where wide viewing angles are important and

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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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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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Insect´s eye for gigapixel cameras

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

Insect´s eye for gigapixel cameras

Insects have a wide field of view and are acutely sensitive to motion, as anyone who has tried chasing a housefly knows. Researchers have now created a digital camera that mimics the curved, compound structure of an insect eye. These cameras could be used where wide viewing angles are important and

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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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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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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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Shark´s skin make us faster

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Shark´s skin make us faster

          Technical application: swim suit, clean surfaces, glue this foil on airplanes, small riffles will cause turbulance and degrease friction. Bionic application: shark skin, plankton, insects wing Further description: Electron micr

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Festo´s world of bionic solutions

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

Festo´s world of bionic solutions

Festo has been working intensively on the topic of bionics since the early 90s. In 2006, the Bionic Learning Network was launched – an association of renowned universities, institutes and development companies. Since this time, Festo has been developing and supporting projects and test objects who

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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

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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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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

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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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Saliva a wound-healing elixier

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

Saliva a wound-healing elixier

This example of a practical design in nature may lack appeal but it is vitally important to our health. A common phrase is to “lick one’s own wounds.” This saying expresses the effort to care for one’s own needs and generally look out for oneself. However, there is a more practical applicati

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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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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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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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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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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 ]

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

[ read more ]

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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Flying with Algae

September 13, 2015 | power | Comments (0)

Flying with Algae

Jülich, 16 May 2014 – A global society and a functioning world economy would not be conceivable without mobility. An important role is played by the aviation industry, which needs solutions for sustainable fuel in the near future. The AUFWIND project investigates algae production and conversion t

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Intestine - Fuel Tank

September 13, 2015 | shape | Comments (0)

Intestine - Fuel Tank

This is an unusual example of practical designs found in nature. Automobiles have several new options for fuel including batteries, hydrogen gas, and natural gas. Natural gas is especially attractive because it is in good supply in the U.S., and emits only half the carbon dioxide of conventional fos

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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 ]

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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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

[ read more ]

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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Honeycomb for stiff constructions

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Honeycomb for stiff constructions

Honeycomb 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 Bionic applicatio

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curie point

September 13, 2015 | Uncategorized | Comments (0)

curie point

In physics and materials science, the Curie temperature (Tc), or Curie point, is the temperature where a material's permanent magnetism changes to induced magnetism. The force of magnetism is determined by magnetic moments. The Curie temperature is the critical point where a material's intrinsic

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Seashells are harder than ceramics and can be printed by your desktop 3D printer?

September 13, 2015 | tension | Comments (0)

Seashells are harder than ceramics and can be printed by your desktop 3D printer?

For example, an abalone shell is stronger than high-tech ceramics because of its internal structure. Diatom shells are made of silica (glass), but they are extremely strong because of their stress-distributing pattern of holes. Like nature, 3-D printers can excel at building complex structures fr

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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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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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Amazing and inspiring bionic projects already tured to reality

September 13, 2015 | brainwave | Comments (0)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh1Jtv5d5FM&feature=youtu.be

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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

[ read more ]

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

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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

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horestail as logarithm-chart

September 13, 2015 | measuring and detection | Comments (0)

horestail as logarithm-chart

Perhaps you recall seeing a reed-like plant growing near a pond or wetland. The plant stem has several telescoping sections which can be pulled apart and reconnected.  It is commonly called horsetail, snake grass, or puzzlegrass. Named Equisetum, this is the only living member of a family of plants

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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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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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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

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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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Seashells are harder than ceramics and can be printed by your desktop 3D printer?

September 13, 2015 | tension | Comments (0)

Seashells are harder than ceramics and can be printed by your desktop 3D printer?

For example, an abalone shell is stronger than high-tech ceramics because of its internal structure. Diatom shells are made of silica (glass), but they are extremely strong because of their stress-distributing pattern of holes. Like nature, 3-D printers can excel at building complex structures fr

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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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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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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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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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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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Shark´s skin make us faster

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Shark´s skin make us faster

          Technical application: swim suit, clean surfaces, glue this foil on airplanes, small riffles will cause turbulance and degrease friction. Bionic application: shark skin, plankton, insects wing Further description: Electron micr

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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 ]

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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sea anemone inspires for drug injection and medical needles

September 13, 2015 | material quantity | Comments (0)

sea anemone inspires for drug injection and medical needles

A sea anemone looks like an underwater flower with its colorful tentacles. However, this stinging "flower" must be handled with care. The tentacles are armed with tiny harpoon-like structures which can be fired outward. After they strike a passing fish, poison is pumped through an attached hollow th

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Dromedary inspires for seawater-salt removal

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Dromedary inspires for seawater-salt removal

The dromedary camel is at home in the hot Sahara Desert where temperatures can exceed 170°F (77°C). Special features of the camel’s nose allow it conserve precious moisture with each breath.       Technical application: seawater-salt removal, desert greening

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The design of trees helps to reduce plastic waste

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

The design of trees helps to reduce plastic waste

Many trees do not have vertical capillary tubes for transporting water upward. Instead, a spiral network of capillaries and fibers extend the entire length of the tree. This helical geometry strengthens the tree, allowing a greater flexibility or bending motion in high wind or during heavy weight lo

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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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Desert beatle help us to harvest water

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

Desert beatle help us to harvest water

To drink water, the S. gracilipes stands on a small ridge of sand using its long, spindly legs. Technical application: water bottles, tents for refugees, Steam Power Condensers, Refrigeration, Atmospheric Water Generation Bionic application: Further description: Physical effec

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NEW VDI-guideline for bionic structure optimization in the context of a holistic product development process

September 13, 2015 | brainwave | Comments (0)

There are several VDI guidelines about bionic related topics on the VDI-webpage. The Papers are: VDI 6220 Blatt 1 Biomimetics - Conception and strategy - Differences between biomimetic and conventional methods/products VDI 6221 Blatt 1 Biomimetics - Biomimetic surfaces VDI 6222 Bla

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Intestine - Fuel Tank

September 13, 2015 | shape | Comments (0)

Intestine - Fuel Tank

This is an unusual example of practical designs found in nature. Automobiles have several new options for fuel including batteries, hydrogen gas, and natural gas. Natural gas is especially attractive because it is in good supply in the U.S., and emits only half the carbon dioxide of conventional fos

[ read more ]

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

[ read more ]

Dog inspired drying machines

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Dog inspired drying machines

Perhaps you have stood near a wet dog as it dries by shaking its fur. Watch out! An impressive amount of water is thrown off in all directions. The shaking technique for furry creatures including mice, dogs, and bears is studied by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. They

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increadible ways to get energy and solve some of our biggest challenges!

September 13, 2015 | power | Comments (0)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghhgUmGBjX8&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs

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Nature's Water Filter

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

Nature's Water Filter

The 2003 Nobel Prize was awarded in part to Peter Agre of Johns Hopkins for his discovery, around 1990, of a membrane protein that allows water to pass through cell walls. The discovery of aquaporin solved a longtime problem in biochemistry. Technical application: water filters Bionic a

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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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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

[ read more ]

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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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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Honeycomb for stiff constructions

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Honeycomb for stiff constructions

Honeycomb 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 Bionic applicatio

[ read more ]

Seashells are harder than ceramics and can be printed by your desktop 3D printer?

September 13, 2015 | tension | Comments (0)

Seashells are harder than ceramics and can be printed by your desktop 3D printer?

For example, an abalone shell is stronger than high-tech ceramics because of its internal structure. Diatom shells are made of silica (glass), but they are extremely strong because of their stress-distributing pattern of holes. Like nature, 3-D printers can excel at building complex structures fr

[ read more ]

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 ]

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 ]

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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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 ]

Seashells are harder than ceramics and can be printed by your desktop 3D printer?

September 13, 2015 | tension | Comments (0)

Seashells are harder than ceramics and can be printed by your desktop 3D printer?

For example, an abalone shell is stronger than high-tech ceramics because of its internal structure. Diatom shells are made of silica (glass), but they are extremely strong because of their stress-distributing pattern of holes. Like nature, 3-D printers can excel at building complex structures fr

[ read more ]

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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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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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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Termite-inspired robots build structures without central command

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

Termite-inspired robots build structures without central command

BUILDER BOT:  This building robot uses a forklift-style arm to hoist foam bricks onto its back and three-pronged wheel-legs to trek around a construction site. An onboard computer “brain” helps the bot navigate and make building decisions independently. Technical application: climb steps,

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osmosis

September 13, 2015 | osmosis | Comments (0)

osmosis

Osmosis is the spontaneous net movement of solvent molecules through a partially permeable membrane into a region of higher solute concentration, in the direction that tends to equalize the solute concentrations on the two sides. It may also be used to describe a physical process in which any solven

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Spider Web Glass

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

Spider Web Glass

Certain spiders protect their delicately crafted insect nets with a special silk rope that reflects ultraviolet rays. Birds can see the ultraviolet rays and recognize the webs as obstacles they should avoid. If engineers can reproduce the effect, it might save birds from their occasional acci

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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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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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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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Cellulose with 7500N/mm² is stronger than Kevlar (R)

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Cellulose with 7500N/mm² is stronger than Kevlar (R)

The Forest Products Laboratory of the US Forest Service has opened a US$1.7 million pilot plant for the production of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from wood by-products materials such as wood chips and sawdust. Technical application: substitute for steel or kevlar   Bionic appli

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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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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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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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Ice-free roads caused by sugar?

September 13, 2015 | pre drawing effect | Comments (0)

Ice-free roads caused by sugar?

Sugar beets provide 30 percent of the world’s sugar. At refineries, the sugar is extracted and a liquid residue remains. In the upper Midwest, it was noticed that this residue, placed in holding ponds, did not freeze under wintry conditions. Chemical studies reveal a natural antifreeze chemical i

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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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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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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

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human eye as a model for better wiping systems

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

human eye as a model for better wiping systems

Engineer and inventor Robert Kearns (1929-2005) lived in Detroit, a region surrounded by the auto industry. One misty, rainy day he drove his Ford Galaxie across town. He was irritated by the constant scraping and vibration of the windshield wipers on the semi-dry windshield. At this time, most wip

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Flying with Algae

September 13, 2015 | power | Comments (0)

Flying with Algae

Jülich, 16 May 2014 – A global society and a functioning world economy would not be conceivable without mobility. An important role is played by the aviation industry, which needs solutions for sustainable fuel in the near future. The AUFWIND project investigates algae production and conversion t

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curie point

September 13, 2015 | Uncategorized | Comments (0)

curie point

In physics and materials science, the Curie temperature (Tc), or Curie point, is the temperature where a material's permanent magnetism changes to induced magnetism. The force of magnetism is determined by magnetic moments. The Curie temperature is the critical point where a material's intrinsic

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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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The design of trees helps to reduce plastic waste

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

The design of trees helps to reduce plastic waste

Many trees do not have vertical capillary tubes for transporting water upward. Instead, a spiral network of capillaries and fibers extend the entire length of the tree. This helical geometry strengthens the tree, allowing a greater flexibility or bending motion in high wind or during heavy weight lo

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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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Harvest gold out of plants – Phytomining

The technique of phytomining involves growing a crop of a metal-phyto-mining-300x250hyperaccumulating plant species, harvesting the
biomass and burning it to produce a bio-ore. In the first phytomining experiment, it was found that a yield of 100 kg/ha of sulphur-free Ni could be produced.

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The caterpillars Plage – new resistant animals and plants in Brazil’s agriculture. A faulty development of genetic engineering and natural solutions

A report by ö1.orf.at from Brazil

The Agricultural Research Authority ‘Embrapa’ enlightens about the new crawler plague caused by genetic modified plants.

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Zebrafish hearing can inspire to heal hearing disorders at humans

ZebrafishThe zebrafish lives in tropical waters and is a popular aquarium resident. This fish has clusters of hair cells spaced along its body. The hair follicles sense pressure changes and vibrations in water. This information helps the zebrafish navigate and avoid predators. The hairs are rooted in skin cells which have nerve connections with the brain. Studies show that when a hair cell is damaged, the zebrafish regenerates a replacement.
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Squid – Arresting device

squidandwhaleLaw enforcement faces the challenge of stopping fleeing vehicles. Non-violent methods include roadblocks and spike strips laid across the pavement. However, neither is entirely successful because drivers sometimes avoid the barriers.

The U.S. Department of Home Security is studying new technologies for stopping vehicles. One promising device is inspired by the squid.

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Shrimp Eye could inspire for a new storage format

Peacock-Mantis-Shrimp-Raj-009.jpg.w300h186 The peacock mantis shrimp lives in southern seas, growing from one to seven inches long.  It is a colorful animal, yet fearsome to its prey. The shrimp’s club-like appendages readily crack and break open shells for food. The striking movement has been clocked at an impressive 50 miles/hour. The shrimp easily can break glass, and therefore is sometimes kept in an acrylic aquarium.
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Along with its breaking ability, the shrimp’s eyesight is also very special. Its eyes are found to be sensitive to polarized light. Such light displays a complex alignment of vibrating waves. Many animals are found to utilize polarized light, unlike our own eyes. Electronic DVD and CD players also make use of polarized light, and this is where the mantis shrimp may provide help. Digital electronics typically is limited to certain portions of the light spectrum, often infrared wavelengths. Meanwhile, the mantis shrimp is sensitive to polarized light from all the colors of visible spectrum. Further understanding of the shrimp’s advanced optics may greatly improve our ability to store and process digital data. Scientists at Bristol University, England are probing the unusual eyesight of the peacock mantis shrimp.

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Shark Skin as an bacteria barrier

shark2.jpg.w300h225In 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 smooth surface; a textured surface many require too much energy. The shark skin does not kill bacteria but simply discourages their presence. As a result, there is little chance of bacteria overcoming their resistance to shark skin.

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In hospitals nursing call buttons, bed rails, and tray tables.

In restaurant door handles, especially in public restrooms

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Sea Urchin inspires for Self-sharpening Tools

800px-Sea_Urchin.jpg.w300h201 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 currents. Scientists have long wondered how sea urchin tee1004__400x300_sea-urchin-teeth.jpg.w300h225th can withstand grinding and scraping against rock surfaces. After all, the teeth are made of calcite (CaCO3) which is just average in mineral hardness.

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