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Researchers build a crawling robot from sea slug parts and a 3-D printed body

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have combined tissues from a sea slug with flexible 3-D printed components to build "biohybrid" robots …

Unnatural Selection: Humans Are Driving the Evolution of New Species

On top of all the extinctions, humans are causing new species to emerge rapidly.<p>Species across the world are rapidly going extinct due to human …

Engineers mimic owl wings to reduce wind turbine noise

Aeroacoustics expert Nigel Peake of Cambridge University leads a group of engineers mimicking owl wing feathers to reduce noise on wind …

Making Robot Fish Is Hard When You Don't Know How They Swim

The animal-inspired robot menagerie holds enough species to populate a robot zoo: cheetah bots, seal bots, wasp bots and T-Rex bots. For …

Robotics

The Biomimicry Manual: How does nature make saltwater drinkable?

It’s frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn’t have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will …

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or …

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

It’s a scientific fact that there’s nothing cuter than a baby sloth in a bucket. But even if Facebook ‘likes’ turn out not to correlate with …

Biomimicry Could Lead To Solar Cells That Store Energy For Several Weeks, New Study Says

The lack of low cost, large scale energy storage systems is a big problem for solar power. Today, the typical solar cell can only store energy for only a few microseconds. As a result, customers equipped with solar panels will for the foreseeable future remain dependent on the electric power …

Clean Energy

Artificial Photosynthesis Could Power Homes in a Few Years, Say Researchers

Make like a tree and leave.<p>Figures indicate that the world’s uptake of renewable energy has finally eclipsed its demand for fossil fuel sources, and …

This Startup Has Figured Out How to Grow Metal Like a Tree

This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine<p>A Seattle startup has found a way to grow high performance metals in a cheap and energy efficient way, marking an important breakthrough for industries like construction, automotive, and oil and gas.<p>You can already find some of the metals from …

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry

Nature as R&D Lab<p>What’s missing is a systematic way of capturing nature’s creativity, says Janine Benyus, a biologist, "innovation consultant" and …

Is an artificial tree part of the solution to climate change? These guys think so.

If you want to boil the climate crisis down to one simple problem, it’s this: there’s too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere these days.<p>Here's the skinny: CO2 traps heat. There’s about 40 percent more of it in the atmosphere today than there was in the millennia of human history before the …

Solar device shatters records for splitting water - Futurity

A new "artificial leaf" system that uses solar energy to split water and create hydrogen fuel is the safest and most efficient one ever designed.

Biomimicry: Designing Cities According to Nature

What can we learn from nature to design better cities? Yaniv Peer tells us about Biomimicry.