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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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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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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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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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An exciting view on bionic engineering

September 13, 2015 | multifunctionality | Comments (0)

http://www.ted.com/talks/hugh_herr_the_new_bionics_that_let_us_run_climb_and_dance

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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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Thorny Devil Lizard as Water Collector

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

Thorny Devil Lizard as Water Collector

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

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osmose-driven powerplants on every river delta offers gigantic energy

September 13, 2015 | power | Comments (0)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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convert airpollution to ink for your desktop-printer?

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqOplj2HSdE

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scorpion "skin" for more abrasion resistance

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

scorpion

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

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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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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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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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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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horestail as logarithm-chart

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

horestail as logarithm-chart

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

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Salt-Nano wire for high speed data transfer

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

Salt-Nano wire for high speed data transfer

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

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curie point

September 13, 2015 | Uncategorized | Comments (0)

curie point

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Flying with Algae

September 13, 2015 | power | Comments (0)

Flying with Algae

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

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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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Sea Urchin inspires for Self-sharpening Tools

September 13, 2015 | stability | Comments (0)

Sea Urchin inspires for Self-sharpening Tools

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

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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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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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porcupines inspire for medical applications and wound healing

September 13, 2015 | shape | Comments (0)

porcupines inspire for medical applications and wound healing

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

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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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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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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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ultra-small lab equipment based on Bladderworts roots

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

ultra-small lab equipment  based on Bladderworts roots

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

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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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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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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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your phone, inspired by yourself

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

your phone, inspired by yourself

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

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

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

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

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

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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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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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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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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

[ read more ]

Dog inspired drying machines

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

Dog inspired drying machines

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

[ read more ]

An exciting view on bionic engineering

September 13, 2015 | multifunctionality | Comments (0)

http://www.ted.com/talks/hugh_herr_the_new_bionics_that_let_us_run_climb_and_dance

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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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An exciting view on bionic engineering

September 13, 2015 | multifunctionality | Comments (0)

http://www.ted.com/talks/hugh_herr_the_new_bionics_that_let_us_run_climb_and_dance

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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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Shrimp Eye could inspire for a new storage format

September 13, 2015 | oscillation, vibration | Comments (0)

Shrimp Eye could inspire for a new storage format

The peacock mantis shrimp lives in southern seas, growing from one to seven inches long.  It is a colorful animal, yet fearsome to its prey. The shrimp’s club-like appendages readily crack and break open shells for food. The striking movement has been clocked at an impressive 50 miles/hour. The

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Salt-Nano wire for high speed data transfer

September 13, 2015 | transmitter | Comments (0)

Salt-Nano wire for high speed data transfer

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

[ read more ]

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 ]

lizard tail for stabilizers

September 13, 2015 | weight | Comments (0)

lizard tail for stabilizers

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

[ read more ]

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

[ read more ]

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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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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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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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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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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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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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:

[ 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 ]

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 ]

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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Human climbing with efficiently scaled gecko-inspired dry adhesives

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

Human climbing with efficiently scaled gecko-inspired dry adhesives

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

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beaver teeths for sharp cutting-tools

September 13, 2015 | surface | Comments (0)

beaver teeths for sharp cutting-tools

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

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

September 13, 2015 | separating | Comments (0)

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

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

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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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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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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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thermoelectric effect

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

thermoelectric effect

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

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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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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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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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