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Piezotronics and piezo-phototronics leading to unprecedented active electronics and optoelectronicsPiezotronics and piezo-phototronics leading to unprecedented active electronics and optoelectronics

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Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storageEngineers develop new materials for hydrogen storage

How kids' brain structures grow as memory developsHow kids' brain structures grow as memory develops

Impact glass stores biodata for millions of yearsImpact glass stores biodata for millions of years

Lemurs match scent of a friend to sound of her voiceLemurs match scent of a friend to sound of her voice

Nanocrystalline cellulose modified into an efficient viral inhibitorNanocrystalline cellulose modified into an efficient viral inhibitor

The malaria pathogen's cellular skeleton under a super-microscopeThe malaria pathogen's cellular skeleton under a super-microscope

Chickens to chili peppersChickens to chili peppers

The story of animal domestication retoldThe story of animal domestication retold

Diffeomorphometry and geodesic positioning systems for human anatomyDiffeomorphometry and geodesic positioning systems for human anatomy

Scientists grow cartilage to reconstruct noseScientists grow cartilage to reconstruct nose

Deadly human pathogen Cryptococcus fully sequencedDeadly human pathogen Cryptococcus fully sequenced

Simplicity is key to co-operative robotsSimplicity is key to co-operative robots

Appearance of night-shining clouds has increasedAppearance of night-shining clouds has increased

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces (4/19/2014)

Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfacesCrosby and polymer science researcher Dan King, with other UMass Amherst researchers including biology professor Duncan Irschick, report in the current issue of Advanced Materials how they have expanded their design theory to allow Geckskin to adhere powerfully to a wider variety of surfaces found in most homes such as drywall, and wood. ...> Full Article


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

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Mantis shrimp stronger than airplanesMantis shrimp stronger than airplanes

New material coating technology mimics nature's lotus effect

Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfacesGecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces

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



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