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<h3 style="color: white;">Your browser does not have javascript enabled. You must enable javascript to make use of all the features on Ask Nature.</h3> Honeybees use a consistent process to land smoothly on many surfaces and orientations. How might this process help us automate smooth transitions for our own vehicles? Specialized feather shapes allow owls to fly without creating turbulence or noise.

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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.

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. This year seems to have given us a bumper crop of news stories about biomimicry innovations and we have selected some of the most interesting robots, materials, structures and strategies to highlight here. Cell Size and Scale Some cells are visible to the unaided eye The smallest objects that the unaided human eye can see are about 0.1 mm long. That means that under the right conditions, you might be able to see an ameoba proteus, a human egg, and a paramecium without using magnification. A magnifying glass can help you to see them more clearly, but they will still look tiny. Smaller cells are easily visible under a light microscope.

Biomimicry NYC » Crafting the Ultimate Post-Industrial Design Brief Using Biomimicry By Adiel Gavish “What the industrial age has done is take life away from the planet and turn it into goods and services,” Paul Hawken stated at the 2014 VERGE Conference in San Francisco this past December. The annual event put on by Joel Makower, a former Biomimicry 3.8 Board Member and brings corporations and entrepreneurs together around the convergence of energy, buildings and transportation technologies which will “…enable radical efficiencies and huge opportunities.”

Evolving the Google Identity - Articles - Google Design Google is not a conventional company. Our mission—to take the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful—continues to evolve. Last year we introduced Material Design to help designers and developers embrace an expanding, multi-device, multi-screen world. Simple, Stylish &amp; Modular: Wood &amp; 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. The materials are not difficult to come by to the point where this would also make a great do-it-yourself coffee table project.

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.

Learn Biology Online For Free with our Huge Collection of Open Courses If you’ve always been interested to learn more about nature and the diversity of life, you can now Learn Biology Online for Free! Free Biology courses are easy to find yet some of the ones you find may not be worth your time. We’ve put together a list of Biology courses from well-respected institutions such as John Hopkins, Yale, MIT, Stanford, and UCLA. Hopefully, this free resources will help you advance your knowledge of Biology towards a career in education, medicine, research, and agriculture.

9th Annual Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Workshop – Biomimicry Institute For the past nine years, biomimicry enthusiasts have flocked to Veracruz, Mexico, each summer to learn about biomimicry in a beautiful setting. Isn’t it time you joined in on the fun? Registration for the 9th annual Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Workshop is now open. From July 8-18, join Biomimicry Institute staff and our affiliate partners at Universidad Iberoamericana and immerse yourself in the beauty of Veracruz State while learning about biomimicry with peers from all over the world. This introductory workshop is suitable for university students, educators, and other professionals. Please contact course instructor Raul de Villafranca for details and further information about the workshop at rauldevillafranca(at)

Why Facebook Is Blue: The Science of Colors in Marketing Why is Facebook blue? According to The New Yorker, the reason is simple. It’s because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. This means that blue is the color Mark can see the best. In his own words Zuck says: “Blue is the richest color for me; I can see all of blue.”

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