Bionic City

By Melissa Sterry | Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment

This Miami studio creates mesmerizing artworks of the city’s original architects: corals

<i>This article appears in</i> The Architect’s Newspaper’s <i>April 2017 issue, which takes a deep dive into Florida to coincide with the upcoming AIA</i> …

Scuba Diving

As Corals Die, the Sea Floor is Eroding — Leaving Coastal Communities Exposed

The sea floor around five U.S. coral reef ecosystems is eroding far more rapidly than scientists thought, putting at risk coastal communities that …

First-responder ants suggest helping may be widespread in nature

A species of African ant has been observed carrying their injured comrades back to the nest so that they may recover, another example of behavior …

Biodiversity

Sand artist's giant artworks made to be weathered away by tide & rain

When walking along a seashore, most of us would probably not see a big, blank, sandy canvas, waiting to be inscribed with some kind of beautiful …

Land Art

Road Salt Contaminating Fresh Water Lakes Around North America

A study published in Proceedings of the Natural Academy of the Sciences found that in the 371 lakes observed, 44% showed evidence of long-term …

Glowing bacteria offer hope for safe detection of 100m landmines

Team at Israel’s Hebrew University test system that uses lasers and modified bacteria to locate buried devices<p>A team of researchers at an Israeli university has successfully tested a technology using fluorescent bacteria and lasers that could become a safer system for detecting buried landmines.<p>An …

Biology

Drones weave moth-inspired pavilion from carbon fiber threads

The buildings of the future could be built with the help of drones. The unmanned aerial vehicles were put to the test in the University of …

Materials Science

Make like a leaf: How copying photosynthesis can change society

WHEN Peidong Yang first took living organisms and connected them to electrified silicon wires, no one thought any good could come of it. “When I …

Chemistry

Urban cliffs for better city biodiversity

Cities / Urban cliffs for better city biodiversity<p>06 April 2017 / 0 comment(s) / Tessa Brunette<p>+ If architects approached tall buildings as ‘urban …

Architecture

Bird brains and traffic accidents: Small-brained birds get killed by cars

Bird brains and traffic accidentsSmall-brained birds get killed by cars<p>A new evolutionary pressure may be at work in the avian world<p>print-edition …

Plant Artist Grows Roots into Awesome Patterns - Creators

Europeans have been fond of trimming plants into sculptures since the Roman era—<i>Pliny's Natural History</i> tells us as much. Today, Amsterdam artist Diana Scherer is taking the art of topiary to subterranean levels. Scherer shapes plant root structures into ornate designs using specialized molds, then …

Gardening

Symposium: Wild Minds

This symposium is focused on the ambiguities and co-operations that define our relations with other species. Bringing together filmmakers, theorists, …

Isle of Wight

Biodegradable seagrass packaging promises to reduce plastic waste

Royal College of Art student Felix Pöttinger has created a sustainable alternative to plastic food packaging using washed-up seagrass.<p>The German …

Plastic

Researchers Develop Fabric That Flexes Like Muscles

These “wearable artificial muscles” could have important implications for developing new exoskeletons.<p>Once the province of science fiction, exoskeletons today are helping the elderly walk and construction workers lift more while exerting less.<p>But they’re often clunky and robotic. Even when they’re …

Textiles

Mice to men: everywhere you go, we'll follow

Humans and the common house mouse, Mus musculus domesticus, have been coexisting for 15,000 years.<p>March 29, 2017 —In 2016, nearly half of all calls …

Anthropology

Engineers design “tree-on-a-chip”

Trees and other plants, from towering redwoods to diminutive daisies, are nature’s hydraulic pumps. They are constantly pulling water up from their …

Robotics

Hyun-Gi Kim's Red Series chair mimics the movement of blood around the body

This chair by Korean designer Hyun-Gi Kim is made from hundreds of tubes that circulate blood around the furniture in response to pressure.<p>Kim, who …

Furniture

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Goodyear's spherical tyres shape-shift to suit different terrains

Goodyear has updated its spherical tyres for self-driving cars, adding a "bionic skin" of sensors that reads the road and adapts to suit different …

Nendo bases super-thin silicone vase on jellyfish

During this year's Milan design week, Nendo will submerge 30 of its new vases in an aquarium so that they gently move around like jellyfish.<p>The …

Furniture

Inflatable pine cones top guesthouses and spa envisioned by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

3Gatti Architecture Studio has unveiled a vision for an eco-resort in a Latvian forest, featuring pavilions topped with inflatable roofs that look …

Design

Bat Bot flies through the air on whisper-thin wings

A flappy little drone<p>Bats are strange creatures. They dart through the sky on wings made of skin, their tiny bodies swooping and swerving as they hunt insects for hours on end. They boast a compact, efficient, lightweight form, which makes them an ideal inspiration for a flapping robot. Bat Bot, …

Robotics

Artificial Mangroves Could Bring Back Vanishing Habitats In Florida

A couple researchers created fake mangroves in Sarasota County to bring back marine life that was lost from development. Along Florida’s coasts are …

Florida

Stefan Diez's Soba bamboo furniture naturally changes colour over time

This flat-pack bamboo bench and trestle by German designer Stefan Diez is held together with string and doesn't require any tools or fixings to …

Furniture

Super-Fast Computer Made from DNA ‘Grows as it Computes’

Researchers from The University of Manchester have shown it is possible to build a new super-fast form of computer that “grows as it …

Flower power: Rebecca Louise Law lends her green-fingered talents to Now Gallery

Copper wire, flora and a boundless imagination are the tools of London-based Rebecca Louise Law’s artistic practice. With them, she cultivates extraordinary installations, verdant portraits and even sculptures that explore the dynamic between man and nature. ‘I want to share and preserve the beauty …

Art

Mapping the Topographic Fingerprints of Humanity Across Earth

Since geologic time began, Earth’s surface has been evolving through natural processes of tectonic uplift, volcanism, erosion, and the movement of …

Geography

Flying high: why peregrine falcons are kings of the urban jungle

Last century, the cliff-dwelling bird of prey almost became extinct in Britain. Now it has reinvented itself as a city creature. What is behind this spectacular recovery?<p>By the four chimneys of Battersea power station, between tower cranes and builders’ cabins, is an unobtrusive metal mast. At the …

Nature

New surfaces kill bacteria by mimicking gecko skin

A team from the University of Queensland has created a surface that mimics the spikey physical structure of gecko skin that kills bacteria by …

Microbiology