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'Nanocamera' takes pictures at distances smaller than light's own wavelength'Nanocamera' takes pictures at distances smaller than light's own wavelength

The economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic groups is specified by flintThe economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic groups is specified by flint

Flower development in 3D: Timing is the keyFlower development in 3D: Timing is the key

Wisconsin scientists find genetic recipe to turn stem cells to bloodWisconsin scientists find genetic recipe to turn stem cells to blood

PIWI proteins and piRNAs regulate genes in the germline and beyondPIWI proteins and piRNAs regulate genes in the germline and beyond

Potent spider toxin 'electrocutes' German, not American, cockroachesPotent spider toxin 'electrocutes' German, not American, cockroaches

Speedy computation enables scientists to reconstruct an animal's development cell by cellSpeedy computation enables scientists to reconstruct an animal's development cell by cell

Large twin study suggests that language delay due more to nature than nurtureLarge twin study suggests that language delay due more to nature than nurture

NRL reveals new meteorological insight into mid-level cloudsNRL reveals new meteorological insight into mid-level clouds

Ancient genetic material from caries bacterium obtained for the first timeAncient genetic material from caries bacterium obtained for the first time

Law of physics governs airplane evolutionLaw of physics governs airplane evolution

Running for life: How speed restricts evolutionary change of the vertebral columnRunning for life: How speed restricts evolutionary change of the vertebral column

Brain waves show learning to read does not end in 4th grade, contrary to popular theory

Asteroid Vesta to reshape theories of planet formationAsteroid Vesta to reshape theories of planet formation

Is the universe a bubble? Let's checkIs the universe a bubble? Let's check

Postcards from the photosynthetic edgePostcards from the photosynthetic edge

Getting a grip on robotic graspGetting a grip on robotic grasp

The bend in the Appalachian mountain chain is finally explainedThe bend in the Appalachian mountain chain is finally explained

Sophisticated radiation detector designed for broad public useSophisticated radiation detector designed for broad public use

Cooperation among humans, a question of ageCooperation among humans, a question of age

Protein's 'hands' enable bacteria to establish infection, research findsProtein's 'hands' enable bacteria to establish infection, research finds

Less exercise, not more calories, responsible for expanding waistlinesLess exercise, not more calories, responsible for expanding waistlines

High earners in a stock market game have brain patterns that can predict market bubblesHigh earners in a stock market game have brain patterns that can predict market bubbles

Platonic solids generate their 4-dimensional analoguesPlatonic solids generate their 4-dimensional analogues

A healthy lifestyle adds years to lifeA healthy lifestyle adds years to life

Do probiotics help kids with stomach bugs?Do probiotics help kids with stomach bugs?

Strict diet suspends development, doubles lifespan of wormsStrict diet suspends development, doubles lifespan of worms

Identified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonationIdentified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonation

Copied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithmsCopied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithms

Biomimicry News & Research

Squid sucker ring teeth material could aid reconstructive surgery, serve as eco-packaging (7/10/2014)

Squid tentacles are loaded with hundreds of suction cups, or suckers, and each sucker has a ring of razor-sharp 'teeth' that help these mighty predators latch onto and take down prey. In a study published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers report that the proteins in these teeth could form the basis for a new generation of strong, but malleable, materials that could someday be used for reconstructive surgery, eco-friendly packaging and many other applications. ...> Full Article


Study of animal urination could lead to better-engineered products (7/9/2014)

Study of animal urination could lead to better-engineered productsA new Georgia Institute of Technology study investigated how quickly 32 animals urinate. It turns out that it's all about the same. Even though an elephant's bladder is 3,600 times larger than a cat's (18 liters vs. 5 milliliters), both animals relieve themselves in about 20 seconds. ...> Full Article


Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa wood (7/7/2014)

Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa woodMaterials scientists at Harvard SEAS have developed cellular composite materials of unprecedented light weight and stiffness. ...> Full Article


Collecting light with artificial moth eyes (6/23/2014)

Collecting light with artificial moth eyesAll over the world researchers are investigating solar cells which imitate plant photosynthesis, using sunlight and water to create synthetic fuels such as hydrogen. Empa researchers have developed such a photoelectrochemical cell, recreating a moth's eye to drastically increase its light collecting efficiency. The cell is made of cheap raw materials -- iron and tungsten oxide. ...> Full Article


Researchers use living systems as a guide to develop advanced technologies (6/10/2014)

Researchers use living systems as a guide to develop advanced technologiesBiologically driven design leads to the development of novel multi-functional materials, miniaturized electromechanical systems, and reliable living tissues as a more sustainable solution to pressing technological problems facing the human race. ...> Full Article


Tiny muscles help bats fine-tune flight, stiffen wing skin (5/28/2014)

Bats appear to use a network of hair-thin muscles in their wing skin to control the stiffness and shape of their wings as they fly, according to a new study. The finding provides new insight about the aerodynamic fine-tuning of membrane wings, both natural and man-made. ...> Full Article


Nature inspires drones of the future (5/27/2014)

Nature inspires drones of the futureResearchers have been taking tips from nature to build the next generation of flying robots. ...> Full Article


Scientists study biomechanics behind amazing ant strength (5/21/2014)

Scientists study biomechanics behind amazing ant strengthA recent study into the biomechanics of the necks of ants -- a common insect that can amazingly lift objects many times heavier than its own body -- might unlock one of nature's little mysteries and, quite possibly, open the door to advancements in robotic engineering. Ohio State University engineers combined laboratory testing and computational modeling conducted at the Ohio Supercomputer Center to determine the relationship between mechanical function, structural design and material properties of ant necks. ...> Full Article


How octopuses don't tie themselves in knots revealed (5/20/2014)

How octopuses don't tie themselves in knots revealedHebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have discovered how octopuses avoid getting tangled up in themselves. Their results suggest that a chemical signal in octopus' skin inhibits sucker grabbing so that octopuses don't grab onto themselves. The researchers hope their findings will lead to new classes of robots and control systems, and are sharing their findings with European Commission project STIFF-FLOP, which aims to develop a flexible surgical manipulator in the shape of an octopus arm. ...> Full Article


Spiders spin possible solution to 'sticky' problems (5/19/2014)

Spiders spin possible solution to 'sticky' problemsUniversity of Akron scientists created synthetic duplicates of the super-sticky, silk 'attachment discs' that spiders use to attach their webs to surfaces. ...> Full Article


Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings (5/16/2014)

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearingsThe mechanical properties of natural joints are considered unrivalled. Cartilage is coated with a special polymer layer allowing joints to move virtually friction-free, even under high pressure. Using simulations on Jülich's supercomputers, scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the University of Twente have developed a new process that technologically imitates biological lubrication and even improves it using two different types of polymers. The results will be published in the science journal Nature Communications. ...> Full Article


Manmade artificial shark skin boosts swimming (5/15/2014)

People have thought for decades that the rough skin of sharks may give them a swimming boost and now scientists from Harvard University, USA, have made the first ever realistic simulated shark skin. They also measured that the fish's sharp scales boost swimming by up to 6.6 percent while reducing the energy cost. ...> Full Article


Which has a more efficient 'engine': A tuna or a whale? (5/13/2014)

A large whale and a much smaller tuna each propels itself through water. Which is the more efficient swimmer? It has been difficult to compare propulsion efficiencies of animals of different sizes, but now Northwestern University researchers have developed a metric to measure individual energy consumption efficiency and make such a comparison possible. (The two are almost equally efficient.) The new metric could help in the design of cars and underwater vehicles as efficient and agile as real fish. ...> Full Article


Mantis shrimp stronger than airplanes (4/23/2014)

Mantis shrimp stronger than airplanesInspired by the fist-like club of a mantis shrimp, a team of researchers led by University of California, Riverside, in collaboration with University of Southern California and Purdue University, have developed a design structure for composite materials that is more impact resistant and tougher than the standard used in airplanes. ...> Full Article


New material coating technology mimics nature's lotus effect (4/22/2014)

A unique and low cost method to coat materials is the subject of a pending international patent. Ranga Pitchumani of Virginia Tech's Mechanical Engineering Department and Atieh Haghdoost, a recent doctoral graduate from Pitchumani's Advanced Materials and Technologies Laboratory developed the process. ...> Full Article

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Squid sucker ring teeth material could aid reconstructive surgery, serve as eco-packaging

Study of animal urination could lead to better-engineered productsStudy of animal urination could lead to better-engineered products

Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa woodCarbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa wood

Collecting light with artificial moth eyesCollecting light with artificial moth eyes

Researchers use living systems as a guide to develop advanced technologiesResearchers use living systems as a guide to develop advanced technologies

Tiny muscles help bats fine-tune flight, stiffen wing skin

Nature inspires drones of the futureNature inspires drones of the future

Scientists study biomechanics behind amazing ant strengthScientists study biomechanics behind amazing ant strength

How octopuses don't tie themselves in knots revealedHow octopuses don't tie themselves in knots revealed

Spiders spin possible solution to 'sticky' problemsSpiders spin possible solution to 'sticky' problems

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearingsUsing nature as a model for low-friction bearings

Manmade artificial shark skin boosts swimming

Which has a more efficient 'engine': A tuna or a whale?

Mantis shrimp stronger than airplanesMantis shrimp stronger than airplanes

New material coating technology mimics nature's lotus effect



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