Bionic City

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

Using plants and quantum physics for potential superefficient solar cells

<b>A University of California, Riverside assistant professor has combined photosynthesis and physics to make a key discovery that could help make solar cells more efficient. The findings were recently published in the journal Nano Letters.</b><p>Nathan Gabor is focused on experimental condensed matter …

Science

BioSalon III

On Wednesday 30th November 2016 I had the pleasure of joining peers Claudia Pasquero [cofounder, ecoLogicStudio/Urban Morphogenesis Lab, UCL/IaaC], …

Greenwich, UK

ADAPT-r

ADAPT-r, on show at Ambika 3 gallery, London until December 18th 2016, explores the research processes of artists, architects, and designers, …

Tiselius on the [then] coming "great future of industry... from biology". 1970 https://t.co/RwJ9jQBqaj

This Entrepreneur Is Learning From Nature How To Design A City

, Women@Forbes<p>Melissa Sterry is a Design Scientist and founder of Bionic City, a creative platform connecting those who research and practice biodesign, which seeks to better adapt human life and solve problems through the application of patterns and strategies observable in nature. Sterry’s …

Learning

How nature uses physics to make blue without pigment

Morpho butterfly. Credit: Kevin Walsh<p><i>Pigments are one way to be colorful, but butterflies rely on physics at the nanoscale. The Blue Diadem butterfly, found on the African continent, is roughly the size of a saucer with wings spread. These wings fascinated Radwanul Hasan Siddique of the California</i> …

Science

New Zealand town builds underpass to help penguins travel between their nests and sea

A town in New Zealand has created the first penguin underpass in the country to help a colony of the birds cross a busy road that lies between the …

New Zealand

Between a rock and a hard place: Biologists unearth sandstone-excavating bees

Utah State University entomologists have discovered a bee species with a similar, undeterred building drive in the unforgiving deserts of the …

Insects

Leafscape - a limited edition art book by Inky Leaves

My name is Jess Shepherd (aka Inky Leaves), I am a botanical painter and I would love to have your support to help turn an illustrated book into a …

Living cells bind silicon and carbon for the first time

Modified bacterial enzyme taught to make bonds that evolution avoids.<p>Silicon is all around us: after oxygen, it is the most abundant element in …

Life Sciences

Lichens are an early warning system for forest health

Ecologist Linda Geiser works her way through thick undergrowth on the steep hills of the Bull Run Watershed just outside of Portland, Ore. Every step …

Life Sciences

nacho carbonell debuts functional fairy-tale lamps in 'forest'

nacho carbonell debuts functional fairy-tale lamps in 'forest' exhibition<p><b>spanish artist nacho carbonell has debuted his latest series of</b> …

Art

Tamara Orjola makes furniture and textiles using only pine needles

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Tamara Orjola's Forest Wool stools and carpets are made from processed pine needles left over from the timber …

Interior Design

Paris Passes Law That Allows Residents to Plant Urban Gardens All Over the City

With its beautiful gardens, plant-draped balconies, and florists in every quartier, Paris is an undeniably flower-friendly city—and it’s about to get even greener.<p>Thanks to a recent initiative, members of the Parisian public are now entitled—and even encouraged—to plant and maintain their own urban …

Gardening

City dolphins get a boost from better protection and cleaner waters

There are many places in the world where you can see bottlenose dolphins, but the dolphins swimming in the Port River estuary near Adelaide, …

Marine Mammals

How Urban Trees Can Save Lives

Planting Healthy Air report quantifies health benefits of trees for 245 cities globally<p>October 31, 2016Cities<p>Charles River, Boston, MA. Photo © …

Environment

Teresa van Dongen uses living organisms to power LED light

This LED pendant by Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen is powered by living organisms that require regular feeding.<p>Van Dongen revisited her technique …

Netherlands

G2TP melts rock from Chilean volcanoes to create Remolten furniture

Chilean studio Gt2P has designed a set of boulder-like stools using re-melted volcanic rock.<p>The studio coated porcelain, stoneware and concrete – all …

billelis' engraved entomology of virtually-etched insects

billelis' virtually-etched insects form a golden-toned 'engraved entomology'<p><b>digital artist billelis (billy bogiatzoglou) has realized a massive</b> …

Insects

BIO EX-MACHINA research project

<b>BIO EX-MACHINA research project</b><br>Biological meets Digital Computing & Robotics<p>Bio Ex-Machina is a collaborative project between Co-de-iT, Officina …

RECIPROCITY

Crystals - Formation, Atomic Properties & Growing Crystals - 1950's

Salt crystals forming - 1 hour

Salt water puddle drying time lapse, salt crystals forming.

Time Lapse Formation of Salt Crystals

The World's Colonisation and Trade Routes Formation as Imitated by Slime Mould