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Chemists' work with small peptide chains may revolutionize study of enzymes and diseasesChemists' work with small peptide chains may revolutionize study of enzymes and diseases

Satellite shows high productivity from US corn beltSatellite shows high productivity from US corn belt

Emerging research suggests a new paradigm for 'unconventional superconductors'Emerging research suggests a new paradigm for 'unconventional superconductors'

Virus structure inspires novel understanding of onion-like carbon nanoparticlesVirus structure inspires novel understanding of onion-like carbon nanoparticles

Sperm meets egg: Protein essential for fertilization discoveredSperm meets egg: Protein essential for fertilization discovered

Warm US West, cold East: A 4,000-year patternWarm US West, cold East: A 4,000-year pattern

At the origin of cell divisionAt the origin of cell division

Researchers determine how mechanical forces affect T-cell recognition and signalingResearchers determine how mechanical forces affect T-cell recognition and signaling

La Brea Tar Pit fossil research shows climate change drove evolution of Ice Age predatorsLa Brea Tar Pit fossil research shows climate change drove evolution of Ice Age predators

The surprising consequences of banning chocolate milkThe surprising consequences of banning chocolate milk

Running geese give insight into low oxygen toleranceRunning geese give insight into low oxygen tolerance

Galactic serial killerGalactic serial killer

Positive, negative thinkers' brains revealedPositive, negative thinkers' brains revealed

Babies prefer fairness -- but only if it benefits them -- in choosing a playmateBabies prefer fairness -- but only if it benefits them -- in choosing a playmate

An ultrathin collagen matrix biomaterial tool for 3D microtissue engineeringAn ultrathin collagen matrix biomaterial tool for 3D microtissue engineering

Friedreich's ataxia -- an effective gene therapy in an animal modelFriedreich's ataxia -- an effective gene therapy in an animal model

A new twist makes for better steel, researchers findA new twist makes for better steel, researchers find

Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investmentsRenewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments

Research suggests autumn is ending later in the northern hemisphereResearch suggests autumn is ending later in the northern hemisphere

Sniff study suggests humans can distinguish more  than 1 trillion scentsSniff study suggests humans can distinguish more than 1 trillion scents

Study finds gaming augments players' social livesStudy finds gaming augments players' social lives

A breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technologyA breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technology

Off the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoringOff the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoring

Overcoming structural uncertainty in computer modelsOvercoming structural uncertainty in computer models

Monkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier studyMonkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier study

Researchers developed world's first fluorescent sensor to detect date rape drugResearchers developed world's first fluorescent sensor to detect date rape drug

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

Turning back the clock on aging muscles?Turning back the clock on aging muscles?

New study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmetsNew study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmets

Biomimicry News & Research

Antennae help flies 'cruise' in gusty winds (4/11/2014)

Caltech researchers combined bursts of air, digital video cameras, and a variety of software and sensors to explain a mechanism for a fruit fly's 'cruise control' in flight -- revealing a relationship between a fly's vision and its wind-sensing antennae. ...> Full Article


Inspired by moth eyeballs, chemists develop gold coating that dims glare (4/5/2014)

All that's gold does not glitter, thanks to new work by UC Irvine scientists that could reduce glare from solar panels and electronic displays and dull dangerous glints on military weapons. ...> Full Article


Researchers uncover secrets of a mollusk's unique bioceramic armor (3/31/2014)

MIT researchers uncover the secrets behind a marine creature's defensive armor -- one that is exceptionally tough, yet optically clear. ...> Full Article


Gecko-inspired adhesion: Self-cleaning and reliable (2/25/2014)

Gecko-inspired adhesion: Self-cleaning and reliableGeckos outclass adhesive tapes in one respect: Even after repeated contact with dirt and dust do their feet perfectly adhere to smooth surfaces. Researchers of KIT and the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, have developed the first adhesive tape that does not only adhere to a surface as reliably as the toes of a gecko, but also possesses similar self-cleaning properties. The results are published in the Interface journal of the British Royal Society. ...> Full Article


Bats inspire 'micro air vehicle' designs (2/24/2014)

Bats inspire 'micro air vehicle' designsBy exploring how creatures in nature are able to fly by flapping their wings, Virginia Tech researchers hope to apply that knowledge toward designing small flying vehicles known as "micro air vehicles" with flapping wings. ...> Full Article


How stick insects honed friction to grip without sticking (2/23/2014)

How stick insects honed friction to grip without stickingScientists have discovered that, when upright, stick insects don't stick. Instead, they deploy special hairy pads designed to create huge amounts of friction from the tiniest of pressure increases -- ensuring that the insects grip but don't stick. ...> Full Article


Quest for jellyfish robot leads to discovery of bending rules for animal wing, fin tips (2/22/2014)

Quest for jellyfish robot leads to discovery of bending rules for animal wing, fin tipsA Navy-sponsored project to design a biologically inspired, swimming jellyfish robot has led scientists to the surprising discovery of common bending rules for the tips of wings, fins, flukes, mollusk feet, and other propulsors across a broad range of animal species. ...> Full Article


Artificial leaf jumps developmental hurdle (2/21/2014)

Artificial leaf jumps developmental hurdleAlong with colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory, ASU scientists have reported advances toward perfecting an artificial leaf that uses solar energy to convert water cheaply and efficiently into hydrogen and oxygen. This development has the potential to sustainably harness the energy needed to provide the food, fuel and fiber that human needs are increasingly demanding. ...> Full Article


Artificial cells and salad dressing (2/20/2014)

Artificial cells and salad dressingA University of California, Riverside assistant professor of engineering is among a group of researchers that have made important discoveries regarding the behavior of a synthetic molecular oscillator, which could serve as a timekeeping device to control artificial cells. ...> Full Article


Robotic fish aids understanding of how animals move (2/19/2014)

The weakly electric black ghost knifefish of the Amazon basin has inspired Northwestern University's Malcolm MacIver to develop agile fish robots that could lead to a vast improvement in underwater vehicles used to study fragile coral reefs or repair damaged deep sea oil rigs. MacIver, who has studied the knifefish for two decades, will discuss lessons learned about movement and non-visual sensing at the AAAS meeting. ...> Full Article


New 'pomegranate-inspired' design solves problems for lithium-ion batteries (2/19/2014)

New 'pomegranate-inspired' design solves problems for lithium-ion batteriesA novel battery electrode features silicon nanoparticles clustered like pomegranate seeds in a tough carbon rind. The Stanford/SLAC design could enable smaller, lighter rechargeable batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices. ...> Full Article


With their amazing necks, ants don't need 'high hopes' to do heavy lifting (2/14/2014)

With their amazing necks, ants don't need 'high hopes' to do heavy liftingThe design of future space robots may take a cue from the neck joint of an unassuming American field ant. ...> Full Article


Fur and feathers keep animals warm by scattering light (1/25/2014)

Fur and feathers keep animals warm by scattering lightIn work that has major implications for improving the performance of building insulation, scientists at the University of Namur in Belgium and the University of Hassan I in Morocco have calculated that hairs that reflect infrared light may contribute significant insulating power to the exceptionally warm winter coats of polar bears and other animals. The research was published today in The Optical Society's open-access journal, Optics Express. ...> Full Article


Seashells inspire new way to preserve bones for archeologists, paleontologists (1/24/2014)

Recreating the story of humanity's past by studying ancient bones can hit a snag when they deteriorate, but scientists are now reporting an advance inspired by seashells that can better preserve valuable remains. Their findings, which appear in the ACS journal Langmuir, could have wide-ranging implications for both archeology and paleontology. ...> Full Article


Analysis of salamander jump reveals an unexpected twist (1/23/2014)

A small, secretive creature with unlikely qualifications for defying gravity may hold the answer to an entirely new way of getting off the ground. Salamanders -- or at least several species of the Plethodontidae family -- can jump in a way humans would like to know a lot more about. The biomechanics, analyzed through high-speed film, are described as a new way to get vertical lift. ...> Full Article

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Antennae help flies 'cruise' in gusty winds

Inspired by moth eyeballs, chemists develop gold coating that dims glare

Researchers uncover secrets of a mollusk's unique bioceramic armor

Gecko-inspired adhesion: Self-cleaning and reliableGecko-inspired adhesion: Self-cleaning and reliable

Bats inspire 'micro air vehicle' designsBats inspire 'micro air vehicle' designs

How stick insects honed friction to grip without stickingHow stick insects honed friction to grip without sticking

Quest for jellyfish robot leads to discovery of bending rules for animal wing, fin tipsQuest for jellyfish robot leads to discovery of bending rules for animal wing, fin tips

Artificial leaf jumps developmental hurdleArtificial leaf jumps developmental hurdle

Artificial cells and salad dressingArtificial cells and salad dressing

Robotic fish aids understanding of how animals move

New 'pomegranate-inspired' design solves problems for lithium-ion batteriesNew 'pomegranate-inspired' design solves problems for lithium-ion batteries

With their amazing necks, ants don't need 'high hopes' to do heavy liftingWith their amazing necks, ants don't need 'high hopes' to do heavy lifting

Fur and feathers keep animals warm by scattering lightFur and feathers keep animals warm by scattering light

Seashells inspire new way to preserve bones for archeologists, paleontologists

Analysis of salamander jump reveals an unexpected twist



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