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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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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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DNA will rule Mass-Data-Storage

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

DNA will rule Mass-Data-Storage

DNA is a complex biomolecule which is embedded in the cells of all living organisms.  DNA consists of two intertwined chains of simpler molecules. The arrangement of these units serves as a blueprint or recipe for the structure and internal activity of plants, animals, and people. Life is incredibl

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mussel-Inspired 'Glue' for Surgical Repair

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

Mussel-Inspired 'Glue' for Surgical Repair

When it comes to sticking power under wet conditions, marine mussels are hard to beat. They can adhere to virtually all inorganic and organic surfaces, sustaining their tenacious bonds in saltwater, including turbulent tidal environments. Technical application: unexpected high! Bionic appli

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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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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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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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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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flexible eye lens focused by a fluid

September 13, 2015 | volume | Comments (0)

flexible eye lens focused by a fluid

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

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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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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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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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Dolphines help to indicate tsunami

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

Dolphines help to indicate tsunami

A tsunami is an ocean disturbance resulting from seismic movement of the sea floor. A wave results and moves across the ocean surface at hundreds of miles per hour. In deep water the passing wave may be only a foot or less in height. Approaching the shallow shoreline, however, the wave becomes larg

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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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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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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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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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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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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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dandelion roots as substitute for common rubber

September 13, 2015 | speed | Comments (0)

dandelion roots as substitute for common rubber

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

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Idea TO Product, transfer your inspriation by the support of: ECODESIGN

September 13, 2015 | ecodesign | Comments (0)

Idea TO Product, transfer your inspriation by the support of: ECODESIGN

The central idea was to collect all interesting information and links about ECODESIGN and make it accessible to a broad audience. http://www.ecodesign.at/index.en.html The general introduction gives a short description and motivation for ECODESIGN. Environmental product design focus on the who

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

[ read more ]

flexible eye lens focused by a fluid

September 13, 2015 | volume | Comments (0)

flexible eye lens focused by a fluid

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

[ 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.

[ 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 ]

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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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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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 ]

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 ]

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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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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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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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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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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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

[ read more ]

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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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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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,

[ 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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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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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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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

[ read more ]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Snail - Robotics

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

Snail - Robotics

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

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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

[ read more ]

Dolphines help to indicate tsunami

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

Dolphines help to indicate tsunami

A tsunami is an ocean disturbance resulting from seismic movement of the sea floor. A wave results and moves across the ocean surface at hundreds of miles per hour. In deep water the passing wave may be only a foot or less in height. Approaching the shallow shoreline, however, the wave becomes larg

[ 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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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 ]

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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sorption

September 13, 2015 | sorption | Comments (0)

sorption

Sorption is a physical and chemical process by which one substance becomes attached to another. The picture shows Gas–liquid absorption (a) and liquid–solid adsorption (b) mechanism. Blue spheres are solute molecules. Specific cases of sorption are treated in the following articles: - 

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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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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 ]

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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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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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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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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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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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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Fuel-cell powered by rust?

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Fuel-cell powered by rust?

In the quest for the production of renewable and clean energy, photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) constitute a sort of a Holy Grail. Technical application: power train for cars or other vehicles Bionic application: Further description: Physical effects applied: Video: htt

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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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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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Cat's Claw - Safety Thumbtack

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

Cat's Claw - Safety Thumbtack

Many of us remember the misfortune of stepping on a thumbtack, sitting on a tack (!), or reaching into a box of thumbtacks and getting pricked. New York design engineer Toshi Fukaya has now found a simple solution to the painful problem.   Technical application: spike, tires, grip app

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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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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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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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synthetic cloud snows austria

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

synthetic cloud snows austria

The austrian scientist Michael Bacher presented at TMI before an artificial snow cloud. It produces 15 cubic meters of fresh snow out of one cubic meter of water. Lautenbacher says that the operation of the cloud is much cheaper and more efficient than conventional snow cannons. The cannons would ne

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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