NASA is taking a hint from biomimicry and looking at lotus leaves for inspiration for a special coating that will prevent particles from sticking to surfaces of spaceflight equipment. The many tiny spikes covering the
We have viruses and worms that infect our computers, reflections of nature in our digital world that are anything but pleasant. Now we might get another dash of nature in our computers, this time coming to the
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Heigh-Ho! Heigh-Ho! Breaking Down Dead Leaves!
Leaf-cutter ants, fungi and bacteria are playing as a team when it comes to extracting the most energy possible out of dead leaves, and scientists think that by studying this
During the last weekend in April, a group of volunteers laid the final necessary pieces into Withers Estuary to reintroduce oysters to their native ecosystem. The project is part of the Withers Estuary Community Collaborative
TreeHugger is big on Biomimicry, " the practice of developing healthier, more sustainable technologies inspired by ideas from Nature." Janine Benrus's Biomimicry Institute has acolytes all over the world, including TreeHugger's Tim McGee and Carl
According to Spanish newspaper El PaÃs last weekend, British scientists have developed a 1,5 meter long robot fish that will swim around the Spanish north coast to detect contamination in the water. If the robot fish, released in
We all know that bees represent an extremely efficient social networking system. Using that buzzing example, a Toronto start-up is figuring out how to network a building's equipment in order to avoid big spikes in energy
Biomimicry Strikes AgainAmong mammals, hippos are king when it comes to standing in the hot sun all day without getting burned. How do they do it? According to a new study, hippo sweat, a red-colored glandular secretion, contains
Biomimicry is the art, skill, intuition and science of turning towards nature as inspiration for solving our dilemmas. Nature has millions of years on us in perfecting forms and systems, and it's about time we humans turn outward when we need answers.
How does an electric eel generate electricity without frying itself? How does a tree move water hundreds of feet up without pumps? If we quiet human cleverness and follow nature's lead, says Janine Benyus, we see that most of our challenges have
Janine Benyus is the woman who opened our eyes to the practice of modeling technology after nature, a discipline she calls biomimicry. Drawing on nature's design library has given birth to glue inspired by lizards, coatings inspired by beetles,
Josh Donlan wants conservation biology to have teeth. He's at the forefront of a hot new discipline called REWILDING. If he has his way, the bump in the night might be a lion or cheetah stalking you for dinner, and deer
Natural processes was the third theme of the Biomimicry in Design course at Schumacher College last week. This built on Part 1 - Natural Forms and Part 2 - Natural Systems by taking us deep into the biological processes which can help us re-evaluate
A major component of Bioneers is the field of biomimicry. Janine Benyus was a keynote speaker, there was a full-day intensive on the subject, and several workshops. And so it was necessary for the leaders in biomimicry to be