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Improvements in fuel cell designImprovements in fuel cell design

Rediscovering Venus to find faraway earthsRediscovering Venus to find faraway earths

Archaeologists discover bronze remains of Iron Age chariotArchaeologists discover bronze remains of Iron Age chariot

Researchers resolve the Karakoram glacier anomaly, a cold case of climate scienceResearchers resolve the Karakoram glacier anomaly, a cold case of climate science

Fish tale: New study evaluates antibiotic content in farm-raised fishFish tale: New study evaluates antibiotic content in farm-raised fish

New 3-D display technology promises greater energy efficiencyNew 3-D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

Researchers break nano barrier to engineer the first protein microfiberResearchers break nano barrier to engineer the first protein microfiber

Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny waysMagnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways

Structure of an iron-transport protein revealedStructure of an iron-transport protein revealed

First step: From human cells to tissue-engineered esophagusFirst step: From human cells to tissue-engineered esophagus

Lift weights, improve your memoryLift weights, improve your memory

Spiders: Survival of the fittest groupSpiders: Survival of the fittest group

Autophagy helps fast track stem cell activationAutophagy helps fast track stem cell activation

Myelin vital for learning new practical skillsMyelin vital for learning new practical skills

More physical activity improved school performanceMore physical activity improved school performance

Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red foxAround the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox

Engineering new vehicle powertrainsEngineering new vehicle powertrains

Active aging is much more than exerciseActive aging is much more than exercise

Study: New device can slow, reverse heart failureStudy: New device can slow, reverse heart failure

Are the world's religions ready for ET?Are the world's religions ready for ET?

Gut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intoleranceGut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance

Recreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networksRecreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networks

Laying the groundwork for data-driven scienceLaying the groundwork for data-driven science

Hold on, tiger momHold on, tiger mom

Missing piece found to help solve concussion puzzleMissing piece found to help solve concussion puzzle

Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'

Geography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economyGeography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economy

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

Unraveling the light of fireflies (12/18/2014)

Unraveling the light of firefliesHow do fireflies produce those mesmerizing light flashes? Using cutting-edge imaging techniques, scientists from Switzerland and Taiwan have unraveled the firefly's intricate light-producing system for the first time. ...> Full Article


Biomimetic dew harvesters (12/14/2014)

Insects are full of marvels -- and this is certainly the case with a beetle from the Tenebrionind family, found in the extreme conditions of the Namib desert. Now, a team of scientists has demonstrated that such insects can collect dew on their backs -- and not just fog as previously thought. This is made possible by the wax nanostructure on the surface of the beetle's elytra. These findings were recently published in EPJ E. ...> Full Article


How the hummingbird achieves its aerobatic feats (11/28/2014)

Although hummingbirds are much larger and stir up the air more violently as they move, the way that they fly is more closely related to flying insects than it is to other birds. ...> Full Article


Bio-inspired bleeding control (11/17/2014)

Bio-inspired bleeding controlStanching the free flow of blood from an injury remains a holy grail of clinical medicine. Controlling blood flow is a primary concern and first line of defense for patients and medical staff in many situations, from traumatic injury to illness to surgery. If control is not established within the first few minutes of a hemorrhage, further treatment and healing are impossible. ...> Full Article


Longhorn beetle inspires ink to fight counterfeiting (11/10/2014)

From water marks to colored threads, governments are constantly adding new features to paper money to stay one step ahead of counterfeiters. Now a longhorn beetle has inspired yet another way to foil cash fraud, as well as to produce colorful, changing billboards and art displays. In the journal ACS Nano, researchers report a new kind of ink that mimics the beetle's color-shifting ability in a way that would be long-lasting and difficult to copy. ...> Full Article


Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria (10/15/2014)

Medical devices implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood present two critical, life-threatening challenges for doctors treating their patients: blood clotting and bacterial infection. A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has developed a new surface coating for medical devices using FDA-approved materials. The coating repelled blood from more than 20 medically relevant substrates the team tested -- made of plastic to glass and metal -- and also suppressed biofilm formation in a study reported in Nature Biotechnology. ...> Full Article


Bioinspired materials enable new health-care options (10/6/2014)

Bioinspired materials enable new health-care optionsThe October issue of the Journal of Biomedical Optics includes a special section on biomimetic materials and their applications in areas such as disease diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment and toxin detection. The section includes several open-access articles and is published in the SPIE Digital Library. ...> Full Article


Shorebird's beak inspires research on water collection (9/26/2014)

Shorebird's beak inspires research on water collectionA UT Arlington engineering professor and his doctoral student have designed a device based on a shorebird's beak that can accumulate water collected from fog and dew. ...> Full Article


Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies (9/26/2014)

Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologiesSolutions required for progress on the frontiers of photonics technology are close at hand: in nature, when viewed through the perspective of engineer, says Montana State University optics researcher Joseph Shaw. Along with Rongguang Liang of the University of Arizona, Shaw chaired the 'Light in Nature' conference presenting new research in the field last month at SPIE Optics + Photonics and being published in the SPIE Digital Library. ...> Full Article


Artificial 'beaks' that collect water from fog: A drought solution? (9/25/2014)

From the most parched areas of Saudi Arabia to water-scarce areas of the western US, the idea of harvesting fog for water is catching on. Now, a novel approach to this process could help meet affected communities' needs for the life-essential resource. Scientists describe their new, highly efficient fog collector, inspired by a shorebird's beak, in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. ...> Full Article


'Squid skin' metamaterials project yields vivid color display (9/23/2014)

The quest to create artificial 'squid skin' -- camouflaging metamaterials that can 'see' colors and automatically blend into the background -- is one step closer to reality, thanks to a breakthrough color-display technology unveiled this week by Rice University's Laboratory for Nanophotonics. ...> Full Article


Pesky insect inspires practical technology (9/12/2014)

Pesky insect inspires practical technologyOur hands and swatters often fail in the struggle to kill flies. This isn't our fault, but rather is due to flies' compound eyes. Arranged in a hexagonal, convex pattern, compound eyes consist of hundreds of optical units called ommatidia, which together bestow upon flies a nearly 360-degree field of vision. With this capability in mind, a team of researchers is drawing on this structure to create miniature light-emitting devices and optical sensors. ...> Full Article


A semi-artificial leaf faster than 'natural' photosynthesis (8/26/2014)

A semi-artificial leaf faster than 'natural' photosynthesisA cooperation between chemists and biologists from the Ruhr-University Bochum resulted in a new method for the very efficient integration of photosynthetic proteins in photovoltaics. Their recent report in Chemistry - A European Journal, selected as a very important paper by the journal, offers a new immobilization strategy that yields electron transfer rates exceeding for the first time rates observed in natural photosynthesis. This discovery opens the possibility for the construction of semi-artificial leaves functioning as photovoltaic devices with drastically increased performance. ...> Full Article


Engineering long-lasting joint lubrication by mimicking nature (8/21/2014)

By finding a way to bind a slippery molecule naturally found in the fluid that surrounds healthy joints, Johns Hopkins researchers have engineered surfaces that have the potential to deliver long-lasting lubrication at specific spots throughout the body. The finding, described in the Aug. 3 online edition of Nature Materials, could eventually offer a new way to ease the pain of arthritic joints, keep artificial joints working smoothly or even make contact lenses more comfortable. ...> Full Article


Researchers inspired by marine life to design camouflage systems (8/20/2014)

Researchers have developed a technology that allows a material to automatically read its environment and adapt to mimic its surroundings, described in a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Cunjiang Yu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston and lead author of the paper, said the system was inspired by the skins of cephalopods, a class of marine animals which can change coloration quickly, both for camouflage and as a form of warning. ...> Full Article

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Unraveling the light of firefliesUnraveling the light of fireflies

Biomimetic dew harvesters

How the hummingbird achieves its aerobatic feats

Bio-inspired bleeding controlBio-inspired bleeding control

Longhorn beetle inspires ink to fight counterfeiting

Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria

Bioinspired materials enable new health-care optionsBioinspired materials enable new health-care options

Shorebird's beak inspires research on water collectionShorebird's beak inspires research on water collection

Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologiesNature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

Artificial 'beaks' that collect water from fog: A drought solution?

'Squid skin' metamaterials project yields vivid color display

Pesky insect inspires practical technologyPesky insect inspires practical technology

A semi-artificial leaf faster than 'natural' photosynthesisA semi-artificial leaf faster than 'natural' photosynthesis

Engineering long-lasting joint lubrication by mimicking nature

Researchers inspired by marine life to design camouflage systems



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