Bionic City

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

Of Imaginariums and innovation

Historian and critic Lewis Mumford once wrote of the works of H. G. Wells, “He enters utopia by hypothesis; that is, without any other subterfuge


Moving 'beach creature' sculptures delight Chicago visitors

The Strandbeest's joints squeaked as it walked near The Bean at Millennium Park, its sails fluttering gently as the wind pushed it forward.

Onlookers described it as "a cross between a dinosaur and an airplane" or "something da Vinci would make," but the Dutch artist and creator of the Strandbeest …


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#physarium #menageriesofmicrobes @HeatherABarnett @Summerhallery @ecoLogicStudio

Cockroach-inspired robot could help save disaster victims

The hard-to-kill cockroach inspires the development of a soft-bodied robot that can compress itself and crawl into confined spaces, and may help …


Cockroach in small space Credit: Kaushik Jayaram, Robert J Full, University of California Berkeley

Sustainability science for urban pollinator research and conservation

Urban land use affects the free ecological service that bees provide through pollination. Photo credit: Center for SustainabilityDamon Hall, Andrea


Greening the City - Edinburgh International Science Festival - Greening the City

A game show for parents and children in which we challenge you to work out how to stop heat leaking from model houses.

Snuggle into the story tent and …


thomas de lussac uproots tree stump to form racine carré natural table

completed over eight months, the project exemplifies the beauty of a tree stump located in the perche region of northwestern france.The post thomas …


Nature working for the city: Perspectives on ecological urbanism

Landscape architecture as an occupation, and later as a profession, has only 300 years of history; as a particular human activity, though, it …


AZPML plans integrated ecosystem for danakil klimazonenwelt

AZPML proposes integrated ecosystem for danakil klimazonenwelt in germany

AZPML proposes integrated ecosystem for danakil klimazonenwelt in germany
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Artist Makes Rugs That Look Like Nature | Insta of the Week

At a glance, this post by Alexandra Kehayoglou looks like a charming moment in a fairytale forest. A second look reveals the edges of a workshop or studio. "Clearly this is Photoshopped," the mind reflexively assumes. The Argentinan artist's bio reveals the truth: this is a wool rug. Kehayoglou …


Madrid Is Covering Itself In Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures

Vacant lots, city squares, a former highway, and even regular city streets are going to be filled up with trees and plants—everywhere you look.

In Madrid, pretty much every unused space will soon be covered in plants.

The city is spending millions to expand existing parks, and as many roofs and walls …

Urban Ecology

Italy is creating a 'nature network' against urbanisation and climate change

Some people view rapid urbanisation – the increasing sprawl of cities taking over natural landscapes around them – as progress, making the world a …

Climate Change

Nature notes: Trackers reveal that honeybees forecast the weather to plan their work day

Trackers were placed on 300 honeybees to monitor the impact that weather had on the insects' foraging

Honeybees may be able to predict the weather to help plan their productive work day.

The results were discovered by Xu-Jiang He and a team from Jiangxi Agricultural University in Nanchang, China, …


The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases

The alarming spread of the Zika virus — caused in major part by the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya virus — is looking more and more like a public health catastrophe. But it’s also, say experts, something else: The latest example of how …


Dutch Police Training Eagles to Take Down Drones

No matter how many regulations are put in place, drones are cheap enough now that frequent misuse is becoming the norm. There’s no good way of …


The Hive

Photo: Mark Hadden

The Hive was designed by Wolfgang Buttress and was inspired by scientific research into the health of bees.

The installation is made …

Scientists make eco-friendly batteries out of leaves

When we gaze up at a tree full of lush, green leaves we are actually looking at hundreds of tiny batteries. These tiny appendages save energy for the …


Bats Are Dying, And Wind Turbines Are A Major Culprit

Our nocturnal friends are facing a series of threats that we should probably do something about.

Bats are dying en masse, and nobody has really done enough to stop this disturbing trend. Now, researchers have published the results of a new worldwide review that looks closely at the reasons why. It …

Wind Power

Here is one more beautiful time-lapse crystallization video; this time it is of tartaric acid. Soon in MEL Chemistry

Elaine Whittaker

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Words by Lula Criado (Twitter @lula_clotmag)

Elaine Whittaker, a bioartist based in Toronto, …

Nature’s Machines: Biohacking Evolution to Destroy Pollutants

The Concept of artificially ‘Driving Evolution’ is as contagiously controversial as it is captivating for Biotechs, DIY Biologists and iGEM teams


Harvard’s 4D Printed Flowers to Pave Way for 4D Printed Human Tissues

When I interviewed Voxel8 CEO Jennifer Lewis last year, she told me that she didn’t want me to conflate her research with her commercial work, namely …



A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. If the replication is exactly …


Sturdy Bench Composed of Sand and Cement Blurs the Line Between Furniture and Sculpture

This irregular Drift Bench is a part of Fernando Mastrangelo’s sculptural furniture collection. Commissioned by the James Gallery in Paris, the piece strikes a unique balance between the functional and the formally artistic. Mastrangelo transforms sand and cement into a sculptural furniture item, …


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NYC’s Newest Big Park Will Open Ahead of Schedule

Rendering of Discovery Hill (Credit: Trust for Governors Island)This year, the most striking addition to New York City’s skyline may not be …

New York City

profile: Liliane Lijn | super/collider

TATE Modern and the Institute of Physics recently got together to curate a series of events entitled Light and Dark Matters, which saw leading …

Theoretical Physics