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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, AskNature.org.Hosting our annual, international Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.Growing our Global Network of regional biomimicry practitioners. See examples of biomimicry in action! Meet executive director Beth Rattner, our staff, and the Institute board.

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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 AskNature.org, 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.

Our Technology WhalePower's Tubercle Technology left the concept stage more than two years ago. The tools required to bring this technology to market quickly have been developed. The process for implementing Tubercle Technology makes extensive use of digital technology which extends from design specification, through CNC machining and fabrication. While every fan and turbine project is different, the bottom line is WhalePower can rapidly develop precise designs for retrofit leading edges or fully integrated tubercle technology blades for any turbine. Retrofit blades are stronger than the original unmodified blades. Integrated blades meet or exceed all required performance criteria. Blogging Innovation » Why Open Innovation is Not for Small Companies It is difficult to find good cases on how smaller companies have engaged with open innovation. It is also difficult to give strong advice on how such companies should engage with open innovation. I have reflected much on this and I am approaching a conclusion that is slightly provocative: Open innovation is for big companies; not small companies. Let me provide some reasons for this:

Urban Agriculture: A Guide to Container Gardens A Guide to Container Gardens With inexpensive containers and suitable soil mix,you can create an urban garden virtually anywhere - on roof tops,vacant city lots, borwn fields, and unused portion of parking lots Job S. Ebenezer, Ph.D.President, Technology for the Poor, 877 PELHAM COURT, WESTERVILLE, OHIO - 43081technologyforthepoor@yahoo.com It is estimated that by 2030 AD nearly 50% of the world’s population may live in urban areas. As a consequence of this many millions of acres of productive farmland are expected to be lost to housing and other usage.

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.

Namib Desert beetle inspires self-filling water bottle 23 November 2012Last updated at 10:46 ET The Namib Desert beetle harvests moisture from the air to survive A US start-up has turned to nature to help bring water to arid areas by drawing moisture from the air. NBD Nano aims to mimic the way a beetle survives in an African desert to create a self-filling water bottle capable of storing up to three litres every hour. The insect harvests moisture from the air by first getting it to condense on its back and then storing the water. Using nature as an inspiration for technology, known as biomimicry, is increasingly widespread. Open Innovation's Next Challenge: Itself - John Hagel III and John Seely Brown by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison | 10:43 AM February 4, 2010 Let’s face it. Executives are under a lot of pressure to follow the latest management trends. Columbia business school professor Eric Abrahamson, who has written about the diffusion of managerial innovations, calls this the “norm of progressivity”: the expectation that you either follow the latest management innovations — even if they later prove misguided — or suffer a diminished reputation among your peers, the press, and your shareholders. Thus it’s little surprise that nearly every company now has some sort of experiment or program relating to open innovation.

The U.S is building secret underground site in Israel The U.S is assisting Israel to build secret underground sites .This information causes a wave of speculations around the world. Last year it was announced the U.S. was looking to build a secret underground complex in Israel. On February 13 a contract was awarded to Conti Corp Federal Services in Edison, NJ to complete the project. Their bid of almost $63 million came in well below the possible $100 million set aside for the project. Conti’s bid went toward building five underground levels and six above ground buildings that they have 900 days from February 13 to complete. The U.S. government then issued another request for proposal December 28 to construct Site 81 Phase II.

'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.

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