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Biomimicry - Nature as Model, Measure and Mentor

Biomimicry - Nature as Model, Measure and Mentor

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Simple, Stylish & Modular: Wood & Glass Coffee Table The best of many worlds, this wood0-and-glass coffee table design by Shige Hasegawa is impressively attractive even at first glance – before you realize how innovative it is in terms of not just style but also sustainability and portability. A series of five identical ‘leaves’ are set together in the shape of an abstract flower. These structural design elements interlock without the need for glue or fasteners – much in the way you overlap the folds on top of a cardboard box to close it, only easier. This makes for an incredibly simple assembly process with very few parts, all of which pack flat for shipping/moving, and almost no labor involved.

14 Best Inventions Using Biomimicry in 2011 (Videos) © Ohio State University We love biomimicry news. There is something satisfying about the natural world telling us how to make our technology better, rather than the often-assumed other way around. 'RoboClam' could anchor submarines 9 April 2014Last updated at 20:33 ET By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News RoboClam was inspired by nature - the razor clam is 'the Ferrari of diggers' A new burrowing robot for anchoring miniature submarines has been developed - inspired by the humble razor clam. Find the Name of that Song Even Without Knowing the Lyrics What is the name of that song? This guide describes online music recognition services that will help you identify the name of any song without knowing the artist name or even the lyrics. It happens all the time. You are sitting in a restaurant with friends or driving to work and there’s some beautiful music playing on the FM radio station. You would love to buy a copy of that music album for yourself but the problem is that you didn’t get the lyrics so how do you find out the name of that song. “What’s the name of that song ?

Mobile Apps for Exploring Nature This post appears courtesy of SciStarter, a blog and online resource for citizen scientists. I often get sidetracked after using the W-A-L-K word out loud in front of my dog. Sometimes, I am looking for misplaced sneakers or sunglasses, but today I am downloading a few citizen science apps to my iPhone in hopes of turning our midday walk into an urban naturalist adventure.

Biomimicry Institute - Home The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators of all ages who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. The Institute was founded in 2006 by science writer and consultant Janine Benyus in response to overwhelming interest in the subject following the publication of her book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. See Janine’s TED Talk video for her groundbreaking introduction to biomimicry. Today, the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute focuses on three areas: Developing our online database of nature’s solutions, our annual, international Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.Growing our Global Network of regional biomimicry practitioners. See examples of biomimicry in action!

Youth Education / K-12 In one sense, education is passing the important lessons learned by one generation on to the next. At the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, we believe biomimicry is one of those important lessons, and nature is a great teacher. Not only does biomimicry present a new framework for environmental education, it’s a great way to get young people excited about STEM subjects and boost creative problem-solving skills. Our Youth Education programs help educators, in both formal and informal environments, bring this powerful discipline to their students. Biomimicry offers youth educators: Youth Programs

Butterfly wings inspire cosmetics and bomb detectors 8 July 2014Last updated at 21:09 ET By Andrew Bomford BBC Radio 4's PM programme The iridescent effect in the wings of the blue morpho has a structural origin, not one based in pigments A tropical butterfly might not be the first place to look when seeking inspiration for the latest bomb sniffing technology for the US military, but the brightly coloured iridescent wings of a blue morpho provides one example of a promising branch of science - bio-inspiration. Other varied applications inspired by the South American butterfly's shimmering wings include high-tech textiles, self-cleaning surfaces, cosmetics, and security tags. An exhibition called the Invisible Garden at the Royal Horticultural Society's Hampton Court Flower Show is enthralling visitors with its displays of the microscopic world in gardens. "Oh wow!"

Shop — HEAVYPOLY Cart - 0 items Kendall Sa-4 Cyclops (free wallpaper) sale Hoverbike Print Deep ecology Deep ecology is a contemporary ecological and environmental philosophy characterized by its advocacy of the inherent worth of living beings regardless of their instrumental utility to human needs, and advocacy for a radical restructuring of modern human societies in accordance with such ideas. Deep ecology argues that the natural world is a subtle balance of complex inter-relationships in which the existence of organisms is dependent on the existence of others within ecosystems.[1] Human interference with or destruction of the natural world poses a threat therefore not only to humans but to all organisms constituting the natural order. Deep ecology's core principle is the belief that the living environment as a whole should be respected and regarded as having certain inalienable legal rights to live and flourish, independent of their utilitarian instrumental benefits for human use. Principles[edit] These principles can be refined down into three simple propositions: Development[edit]

What Would You Ask Nature? Submit to the Biomimicry Institute/Designers Accord Challenge! Thanks to a smart TED talk by biologist Janine Beynus that made the rounds a few years ago, books like Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, and new online resources like, more and more designers are realizing a simple truth when trying to find responsible, ecological solutions: If we're trying to do it, chances are, nature already did it better. Biomimicry is quickly becoming a cornerstone of sustainable design (read our story on biomimicry from 2008), but for designers who want to incorporate biomimicry into their work, many don't know where to start. Some famous biomimetic solutions have gotten passed around the mainstream press--including examples like self-cleaning surfaces modeled on lotus flowers, or the sticky repositionable tape inspired by gecko feet--but biomimicry isn't as easy as using nature as a crib sheet.

Ask Nature Nuggets We are the global leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, professional training, and educational program and curricula development. Our mission is to train, equip, and connect engineers, educators, architects, designers, business leaders, and other innovators to sustainably emulate nature's 3.8 billion years of brilliant designs and strategies. Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline that studies nature's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems.

The car designer who turned a sailfish into a supercar The sailfish can swim faster than a cheetah can run – and the secrets behind its speed inspired Frank Stephenson to bring natural magic into the world of car design. How would your boss react if he had to sign off for an expensive stuffed fish you’d bought on a whim on your holiday? Most of us would probably answer “not very thrilled”. But Frank Stephenson’s boss is not your average boss; his workplace is not your average workplace; and the fish? Well, that’s not your normal fish either. Best resource for idiot to learn Unity? And I mean idiot in the truest sense of the word ;-) I have colaborated with game people providing models and animation loops, I have made simple multimedia programs a few years ago...scripted modular riggers in Lightwave etc. Also used Unity for a few boring arch walkthroughs.

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