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A self-organizing thousand-robot swarmA self-organizing thousand-robot swarm

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Mercury in the global oceanMercury in the global ocean

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Ancient shellfish remains rewrite 10,000-year history of El Nino cyclesAncient shellfish remains rewrite 10,000-year history of El Nino cycles

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Photo editing algorithm changes weather, seasons automaticallyPhoto editing algorithm changes weather, seasons automatically

Seamless gene correction of beta-thalassemia mutations in patient-specific cellsSeamless gene correction of beta-thalassemia mutations in patient-specific cells

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Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birdsShrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds

'I cant figure out how to do this!''I cant figure out how to do this!'

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

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

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


Scientists discover the miracle of how geckos move, cling to ceilings (8/13/2014)

Scientists discover the miracle of how geckos move, cling to ceilingsResearchers have developed a model that explains how geckos, as well as spiders and some insects, can run up and down walls, cling to ceilings, and seemingly defy gravity with such effortless grace. ...> Full Article


How spiders spin silk (8/11/2014)

Spider silk is an impressive material; lightweight and stretchy yet stronger than steel. But the challenge that spiders face to produce this substance is even more formidable. Silk proteins, called spidroins, must convert from a soluble form to solid fibers at ambient temperatures, with water as a solvent, and at high speed. How do spiders achieve this astounding feat? New research shows how the silk formation process is regulated. ...> Full Article


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

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Engineering long-lasting joint lubrication by mimicking nature

Researchers inspired by marine life to design camouflage systems

Scientists discover the miracle of how geckos move, cling to ceilingsScientists discover the miracle of how geckos move, cling to ceilings

How spiders spin silk

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



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