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Shrimp's shell-smashing punch hands researchers a lead on tougher materials

The title of fastest punch in the animal kingdom firmly belongs to the peacock mantis shrimp, whose club-like appendages reach the speed of a .22-calibre slug, shatter clam shells with ease and can slice human fingers to the bone.<p>Able to withstand thousands of strikes without breaking, the marine …

BEN Blog Archive Archives – Biomimicry Institute

This year, middle and high school students from across the U.S. took part in the first-ever Youth Design Challenge, learning how to use biomimicry to …

The Incredible Science Behind How Nature Solves Every Engineering Problem

A new trend is emerging, where researchers, designers, and everyone in between are starting to ask, "how can we be more like nature — more renewable, more constructive and more sustainable?"<p>In a world filled with 7 billion people crammed into mega cities, human kind will have to adapt before we can …

UC San Diego

Butterfly inspires new nanotechnology

By mimicking microscopic structures in the wings of a butterfly, an international research team has developed a device smaller than the width of a …

Scientists discover important mechanism in plant cells which regulates direction that plant cells grow

Scientists have discovered an important mechanism in plant cells which regulates the direction that plant cells grow.<p>The discovery could have the …

Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

Particles absorb light during the day, then emit a blue glow at night.<p>Evening visitors to Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England are basking in the glow of a whole new type of street light. Starpath, a new type of resurfacing material being tested within the park, absorbs ultraviolet light …

Particles

New waterproof surface is 'driest ever'

<b>US engineers have created the "most waterproof material ever" - inspired by nasturtium leaves and butterfly wings.</b><p>The new "super-hydrophobic" surface could keep clothes dry and stop aircraft engines icing over, they say.<p>The lotus leaf was thought to be the gold standard for staying dry in nature, …

Engineering

Biomimicry and Gentrification | Center for Humans & Nature

It all started about 3.5 to 3.8 billion years ago. It might have been a Thursday. A bit of cyanobacteria, otherwise known as blue-green algae, began …

Biomimicry

Synthetic gel copies amphibians' ability to re-grow

Science reporter, BBC News<p>A man-made gel that is able to repair itself after damage could be used to make self-healing armour, paint or tyres, researchers have said.<p>Engineers at two universities in Pittsburgh have copied the way amphibians regenerate their body parts in the model for the synthetic …

University of California