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Rapid and durable protection against ebola virus with new vaccine regimensRapid and durable protection against ebola virus with new vaccine regimens

Titania-based material holds promise as new insulator for superconductorsTitania-based material holds promise as new insulator for superconductors

Scientists prove ground and tree salamanders have same dietsScientists prove ground and tree salamanders have same diets

Smart headlights spare the eyes of oncoming driversSmart headlights spare the eyes of oncoming drivers

This star cluster is not what it seemsThis star cluster is not what it seems

Engineers advance understanding of graphene's friction propertiesEngineers advance understanding of graphene's friction properties

Blood-cleansing biospleen device developed for sepsis therapyBlood-cleansing biospleen device developed for sepsis therapy

Asian monsoon much older than previously thoughtAsian monsoon much older than previously thought

Childhood mentors have positive impact on career successChildhood mentors have positive impact on career success

'Solid' light could compute previously unsolvable problems'Solid' light could compute previously unsolvable problems

Discovery hints at why stress is more devastating for someDiscovery hints at why stress is more devastating for some

Evolutionary tools improve prospects for sustainable developmentEvolutionary tools improve prospects for sustainable development

Enigmatic Viking fortress discovered in DenmarkEnigmatic Viking fortress discovered in Denmark

The ozone hole has stabilized -- some questions remainThe ozone hole has stabilized -- some questions remain

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

In directing stem cells, study shows context mattersIn directing stem cells, study shows context matters

Computer games give a boost to EnglishComputer games give a boost to English

Mapping the DNA sequence of Ashkenazi JewsMapping the DNA sequence of Ashkenazi Jews

News media losing role as gatekeepers to new 'social mediators' on Twitter, study findsNews media losing role as gatekeepers to new 'social mediators' on Twitter, study finds

An 'anchor' that keeps proteins togetherAn 'anchor' that keeps proteins together

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

Milk prices top concern of Northeastern organic dairy farmersMilk prices top concern of Northeastern organic dairy farmers

Cicada study discovers 2 genomes that function as 1Cicada study discovers 2 genomes that function as 1

Bombarded by explosive waves of information, scientists review new ways to process and analyze Big DataBombarded by explosive waves of information, scientists review new ways to process and analyze Big Data

Program earns kudos for improving grades, retaining studentsProgram earns kudos for improving grades, retaining students

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

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

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

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


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

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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

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



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