Researchers find a better power law that predicts earthquakes, blood vessels, bank accounts. Giant earthquakes and extreme wealth may not appear to have much in common, but the frequency with which the "Big One" will hit San Francisco and how often someone will earn as much money as Bill Gates can both be predicted with a statistical measurement called a power law exponent.
For the last century, researchers have used what's called a power law to predict certain kinds of events, including how frequently earthquakes at certain points on the Richter scale will occur. But a University of Michigan researcher noticed that this power law does not fit all circumstances. Mitchell Newberry, a Michigan fellow and assistant professor at the U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems, suggests an adjustment to the power law that would account for events that increase or decrease in fixed proportions—for example, when a manager makes roughly 20 percent more than his or her employee. When scientists plot something like the likelihood of extreme wealth on a graph, the curve is a smooth line. Biomimicry Institute a ajouté une photo. - Biomimicry Institute.
Focus on Leadership: A talk with Janine Benyus, founder of the biomimicry movement - Aug/Sep 18. Interview by Jessica Chevalier Janine Benyus authored Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, released in 1997, and thereby founded the biomimicry movement.
Over the years, her platform has developed, and today she teaches the concepts and practices of biomimicry through three organizations: Biomimicry 3.8, a consultancy; The Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit; and a master’s program at Arizona State University. A nature writer by trade, Biomimicry was Benyus’ sixth book, and she was already in the process of writing her seventh when, in her words, “Biomimicry lifted me like a wave and said, nope, this is what you’re going to do.”
Today, Benyus and Biomimicry 3.8 have helped many large corporations-including Interface, GE, Boeing and Patagonia-reconsider their technology and processes through the lens of nature’s expertise. Benyus lives with her partner on eight acres in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. So my partner Dr. Buildings are systems. They exist... - Build Naturally with Sigi Koko.
Hedgehog Spines Hold the Secret to Preventing Concussions. If you ever find yourself watching hedgehog go about its day, you’ll notice that they tend to fall out of trees — a lot.
Wild hedgehogs climb trees as high as 30 feet, looking for insects and food to eat. Sometimes they fall by accident, other times they fall on purpose to evade a predator or because falling is a lot faster than climbing down. As a hedgehog falls toward the ground, it keeps itself safe by rolling into a ball to surround itself with “spines” that absorb the impact.
(Hedgehog spines are colloquially referred to as “quills,” which is the official term for what porcupines have. Biomimicry Could Be Your Child’s Career – Parenting for the Future. Biomimicry what?
Yes, I know that’s not a word you often hear floating around. But you will. UPDATE: since so many are asking about... - Biomimicry Institute. What is Biomimicry? Broadcast Yourself.
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Famous Buildings inspired by Nature. Michael Pawlyn - Biomimicry in architectural design. BGDC Webinar Archive. The power of the Biomimicry Design Spiral – Biomimicry Institute. Photo: axz700, Shutterstock By Denise DeLuca They’re everywhere, hiding deep in your ears, emerging from flower buds, mounding on heads of cauliflower, swirling in river eddies, dominating weather maps, and defining the shape of entire galaxies.
The spiral geometry can be found at all scales of nature, and apparently across the universe. Though we call them cycles, nature’s processes are also spirals, because with the passage of time, the endpoint of any cycle is never the same as the starting point. From ambiguous to aspirational: Is your company ready to be bio-inspired? – Biomimicry Institute. By Taryn Mead This is the first of a two-part series to introduce Dr.
Taryn Mead’s new book “Bioinspiration in Business and Management: Innovating for Sustainability.” More complete and academic findings will also be publicly available in her PhD thesis/dissertation entitled: “Factors Influencing the Adoption of Nature Inspired Innovation in Multinational Corporations,” recently completed at the University of Exeter, UK. A major reason that I pursued a PhD in biomimicry was to have the time and space to reflect on my experiences as a practitioner and consultant.
I wanted to know why some organizations seem to embody the emulation of nature as an inherent part of their identity while others dabbled on a project or two and decided it didn’t work. A framework to guide the question What I hadn’t anticipated of an intensive research process was how valuable the existing bodies of theory would be to help with the sensemaking process for my clients, my interviewees, and me. 1. Biomimicry: What Would Nature Do Here? - Bioneers. SYNAPSE by B3.8 - Climate change solutions: How does nature manage carbon?
Innovators Compete for $100,000 to Revolutionize Global Food Systems. “Can you imagine buildings that could produce oxygen, absorb CO2, and use and recycle stormwater efficiently—like how nature would do it?”
Asks Anamarija Frankic. Last month, the biology professor traveled from her native Croatia to San Rafael, California, to pose many such questions at Bioneers 2017, an annual gathering of environmental and social innovators. Biomimicry—from the Greek bios for “life” and mimesis, meaning “to imitate”—is the idea that the natural world can be used as a model for human designs, and it’s among the core inspirations for the 3,000 people who converge at Bioneers each year to discuss nature-inspired solutions to social and environmental challenges. This year’s conference also served as the culmination of the second annual Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, during which teams around the world came up with innovations to improve food systems.
The design challenge is sponsored by the Biomimicry Institute, and the Ray C. Read on to meet these radical innovators. Biomimicry: How Designers Are Learning from the Natural World. In 1989, Japan’s Shinkansen Bullet Train had a problem.
It was really fast, pushing 170 miles per hour. Biomimicry Immersion Workshop in Costa Rica. What To Expect Every immersion workshop is tailored to the local ecosystem, setting up each day to be brimming with content and exploration.
You should plan to clear your agenda and fully immerse yourself in the biomimicry experience. In Costa Rica, we’ll explore mangroves by kayak, snorkel among parrotfish in the coral reef, and discover the wonders of the rainforest with a local expert. Upon completing this immersion workshop, you will be able to: 14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry: Nature as R&D Lab. Companies seeking breakthrough products tend to ignore the greatest invention machine in the universe: life’s more than three-billion-year history of evolution by natural selection.
What’s missing is a systematic way of capturing nature’s creativity, says Janine Benyus, a biologist, "innovation consultant" and author. Engineering practices are fractured, Benyus says. Experts in biomimetics study materials; bionics engineers work on prostheses and mechanics. "There was no umbrella term that encompassed everything from agriculture to business," she says. And thus no way to systematize innovation.
25 Stunning Photographs Of Sacred Geometry And Fractals In Nature. These wonderfully symmetrical plants show the fractal nature of math, physics and the universe. Could this be evidence of sacred geometry? Dye-Sensitized Solar Energy - AskNature. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) are solar cells inspired by photosynthesizing plants. They have many advantages over conventional silicon solar cells, which require energy intensive processes to create. DSSCs are generally considered much more environmentally benign to produce than conventional solar cells because they use relatively non-toxic materials that require little energy to manufacture. In this lesson plan, students learn how to produce electricity by constructing a dye-sensitized solar cell at ambient temperatures, using a few simple materials.
The lab offers an excellent hands-on illustration of a biomimetic technology and has been used successfully with students in upper elementary grades to undergraduates in college. Biomimicry 3.8. Biomimicry Institute - Home. Biomimicry. Genius of Biome Report by HOK. Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel: New system surpasses efficiency of photosynthesis. The days of drilling into the ground in the search for fuel may be numbered, because if Daniel Nocera has his way, it'll just be a matter of looking for sunny skies. Nocera, the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University, and Pamela Silver, the Elliott T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, have co-created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. The paper, whose lead authors include post-doctoral fellow Chong Liu and graduate student Brendan Colón, is described in a June 3 paper published in Science.
"This is a true artificial photosynthesis system," Nocera said. An earthworm inspired biomimicry innovation wins $10K. A new innovation that enables the creation of healthier soils by retaining nutrients and preventing runoff from fields has won the first Living Product Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The $10,000 prize was awarded to the University of Oregon design team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The system’s entire design was inspired by mimicking earthworms, which create natural filtration systems. The goal of the system is to reduce the amount of nutrients that are lost from the soil in runoff, improving the overall health of the soil and reducing the amount of fertiliser used. It is designed to be a direct replacement for conventional agricultural drainage, more closely emulating the natural environment. The team’s research exemplifies the biomimicry design approach, which was in full display as part of the Global Design Challenge, an annual competition hosted by the Biomimicry Institute and Ray C. Podcast: Michael Pawlyn - Ecosystems as a unifying model for cities and Industry - Circulate.
Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action. Biomimicry versus Biophilia: What's the Difference? - Terrapin Bright Green. Learn more about our work and services in biophilia and bioinspired innovation by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the conversation on twitter: @TerrapinBG You know you’ve crossed a special threshold in sustainable design when one of your biggest pet peeves is people confusing biophilia and biomimicry. I’m going to put my greeny geekiness on full display by dedicating a whole blog post to straightening out this common confusion. 5 great GreenBiz videos about biomimicry. "WWND" is the name of this design game — that is, "What Would Nature Do? " Greenbiz. TED talks related to Biomimicry.