If only human architects could build so well. Philip Ball in the New Scientist describes how green and sophisticated it is:Its buttressed towers are built entirely from natural, biodegradable materials. Its inhabitants live
It is one of the mysteries that makes life on earth possible: plants can grab energy out of sunlight and convert it into chemical energy. This energy works its way up the food chain. Without it, we could
To a human, 500 milligrams is the size of a vitamin pill. But to an ant, it's 100 times its body weight, making lifting it the equivalent of the average American man hoisting 19,000 pounds -- with his teeth.
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What Can We Learn From The Highways in the Sky
digg_url = 'http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/02/migrating-insects-fast-winds-60mph-science-study-biomimicry.php';Science recently published a study titled "Flight Orientation
With the help of a scanning electron microscope, Chinese scientists have figured out the secret architecture to spiders' webs that make them incredibly effective at catching dew. Cracking into the mystery could mean
Last week, the temporary closing of Frankfurt's airport in Germany, due to bad winter weather, affected 8000 people. In order to fight the ice and snow, the airport used 700.000 litres of antacid to get rid of the three-day snowfall. This is
It's generally agreed that cockroaches are a feat of evolution, and they certainly move incredibly well on their six legs. Which is why researchers at Oregon State University are using them as a source of inspiration
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DNA Repair in a Pouch
digg_url = 'http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/12/kangaroos-anti-cancer-cream-dna-repair-enzymes.php';Getting some time in the sun is probably good for you since most of us are deficient in vitamin D, but it
Biomimicry is again at the heart of new technology, this time for a solution to creating a better anchor. "The best anchoring technology out there is an order or magnitude worse than the clam - most are two or three orders worse," says
One of the primary aspects of e-Reader devices that are driving competition against one another is the display, with manufacturers looking at how energy efficient, how easy on the eyes, how readable in daylight, and how colorful
Yesterday the exhibition Bits 'n Pieces launched at Material Connexion in New York, a dialogue between the analog and the digital technologies within design in a post-digital era. What grabbed our attention in the busy space during the opening, were
Credit: G.L. Kohuth, Michigan State University
digg_url = 'http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/11/pollution-patrolling-robotic-fish-have-muscle-movement-like-real-fish.php';
We've heard a lot about robotic fish over the last year, including that
I recently returned from the Do Lectures in Wales, a collection of talks given by visionary people who've decided to put their ideas into action; to "do." I walked away inspired by nearly all of the lectures, but
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Biomimicry is everywhere these days. It seems increasingly clear that design inspired by nature will play a great big role in our energy future. Case in point: Green Wavelength, an up-and-coming California engineering biz, has
Sharklet Technologies, a Florida-based biotech company, has figured out a way to capitalize on shark skin - specifically on the way parasites and bacteria can't stick to sharks. The trick is in the pattern of the skin's surface.
Mantis shrimp - giant shrimp living on Australia's Great Barrier Reef - are being eyeballed (har har) as holding solutions to creating a higher quality DVD player, and it's all because they have the most complex
There's lots of cool stuff going on with biomimicry these days and on Wednesday I got to see one of the coolest things I've seen in this arena in a while: Experimental superhydrophobic coatings for wind turbine blades.