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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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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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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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eMotionSpheres like a jellyfish swarm

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

eMotionSpheres like a jellyfish swarm

With the eMotionSpheres, Festo shows how several flying objects can move in a coordinated manner and within a defined space. Whether individually or collectively – even in chaotic situations, there are no collisions as the spheres move out of each other’s way.       T

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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

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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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cavitation

September 13, 2015 | Cavitation | Comments (0)

cavitation

Cavitation is the formation of vapour cavities in a liquid – i.e. small liquid-free zones ("bubbles" or "voids") – that are the consequence of forces acting upon the liquid. It usually occurs when a liquid is subjected to rapid changes of pressure that cause the formation of cavities where the p

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dog paw inspires for shoes

September 13, 2015 | segmentation | Comments (0)

dog paw inspires for shoes

In 1935, inventor Paul Sperry sought a solution to a problem encountered in his hobby of sailing off the shore of New England. Whenever the boat deck became wet, it was slippery and dangerous. One winter day during a walk, he noticed that his cocker spaniel remained surefooted, even on slippery side

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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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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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From micro to macro, a great journey

September 13, 2015 | brainwave | Comments (0)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsc40u4kHGo

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CO2 gas could be converted to concret

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

CO2 gas could be converted to concret

Cement is made from limestone and other ingredients in a high temperature kiln process above 1300°C. One by product of the cement preparation is a large amount of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas which is not friendly to the environment when in excess amounts. Scientists at Stanford University, le

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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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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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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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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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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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evaporation engine

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=291&v=Vj2kuZm-aCA

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Phase transitions

September 13, 2015 | phase transitions | Comments (0)

Phase transitions

A phase transition is the transformation of a thermodynamic system from one phase or state of matter to another one by heat transfer. The term is most commonly used to describe transitions between solid, liquid and gaseous states of matter, and, in rare cases, plasma.     http://e

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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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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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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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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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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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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 ]

Zebrafish hearing can inspire to heal hearing disorders at humans

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

The 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 ce

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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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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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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:  

[ 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 ]

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 ]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Squid - Arresting device

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

Squid - Arresting device

Law 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 technologi

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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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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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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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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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Home, family, society of the future?

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

https://vimeo.com/151048885

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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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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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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,

[ 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 ]

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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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

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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 ]

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 ]

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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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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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

[ read more ]

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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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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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 ]

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 ]

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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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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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

[ 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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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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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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"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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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

[ read more ]

Harvest gold out of plants - Phytomining

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

Harvest gold out of plants - Phytomining

The technique of phytomining involves growing a crop of a metal-hyperaccumulating 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. Technical application:

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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 ]

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 ]

electric eel inspires for medical implant

September 13, 2015 | power | Comments (0)

electric eel inspires for medical implant

The 650 volts of electricity and one ampere of current is sufficient to stun large sea creatures within about two meters distance. The electric eel's ability comes from 5000-6000 internal layers of cells or electroplaques, stacked in a series circuit like the cells of a car battery.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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eMotionSpheres like a jellyfish swarm

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

eMotionSpheres like a jellyfish swarm

With the eMotionSpheres, Festo shows how several flying objects can move in a coordinated manner and within a defined space. Whether individually or collectively – even in chaotic situations, there are no collisions as the spheres move out of each other’s way.       T

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will our lungs help to reduce carbon dioxid emissions on our planet?

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

will our lungs help to reduce carbon dioxid emissions on our planet?

Our hard-working lungs clearly show intelligent planning. Within our lungs, countless tiny air sacks called alveoli exchange gases from the bloodstream, supplying fresh oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. The component membranes which allow separation and passage of the gases are about one thousand

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Scientists Mimic Fireflies to Make Brighter LEDs

September 13, 2015 | power | Comments (0)

Scientists Mimic Fireflies to Make Brighter LEDs

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

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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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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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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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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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