Bionic City

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

Cities are the new laboratories of evolution | Anthropocene

Cities are driving rapid evolutionary changes to plant and animal species, according to a study published yesterday in the <i>Proceedings of the National</i> …

Life Sciences

FULL GROWN - Trees Grown directly into Art & Furniture

Full Grown Furniture – the story so far...<p><b>We design and grow furniture, lighting and beautiful objects.</b><p>It starts with a unique design for the piece …

Ceci N’est Pas le Ciel: Biophilia, Design, and Illusions of Authenticity

A recent post by an online design-oriented magazine devoted to things environmental declared that it had been a good week for the environment and …

Cities

Microscopically Structuring Steel Like Bamboo Makes It Stronger Yet More Flexible

Making a steel tool? You want both qualities.<p>People's teeth and bamboo stalks may not seem very durable compared to bars of steel. But, a new series of experiments finds, making metals mimic those materials could improve metals' endurance and strength.<p>A team of chemists from China and the U.S. …

North Carolina State University

Spin doctors say scientists copy spider silk in lab

Supple, light and biodegradable but stronger than steel: researchers said Monday they have succeeded in producing synthetic spider silk, one of …

Chemistry

studio note frame driftwood + flowers in polygonal skeletons

studio note frame driftwood + flowers in delicate polygonal skeletons<p><b>in time, the natural beauty of an object fades and is replaced by a new set of</b> …

Design

Link About It: Fluorescent Bio-Art at MU Artspace, Eindhoven

"Fluid Matters," an exhibition running at Eindhoven's MU Artspace through 26 February presents the vibrance of bio art by way of a diverse array of award-winning pieces. All artworks were projects from the Netherlands' Bio Art and Design Award 2016. Here, researchers and artists united for curious …

Art

Slime molds prove you don’t need a brain to learn — or teach — a new trick

A slime mold doesn't have eyes for watching, a mouth for communicating or a brain for thinking. It doesn't even have neurons, for crying out loud. It is exactly what its name suggests: a weird-looking, single-celled blob of goo.<p>But it can learn. And it can teach its friends. Which is pretty …

Biology

New Flocks of Birds Emerge From Carefully Hand-Cut Feathers

Artist Chris Maynard continues to create captivating cut-outs of birds emerging from natural feathers. Like his past pieces, the Washington-based artist’s new light-as-air works are showcased as a series of stunning shadowboxes.<p>Using an eclectic collection of feathers (usually from species native …

Nature

The First and Only Museum of Microbes captivates Amsterdam

<b>Micropia, a museum of microbes located in the heart of Amsterdam, uses art to address the big knowledge gap between science and the general …

Clean Tech Rises Again, Retooling Nature for Industrial Use

BERKELEY, Calif. — A decade ago, a group of biologists, venture capitalists and computer whizzes gathered under the name “clean tech.” They hoped to overturn polluting industries with microorganisms cheerily excreting industrial chemicals through the miracle of reprogramming nature’s genetic …

Clean Technology

Designer Grows Trees as Artistic Furniture Straight From the Ground

Using what he calls “Zen 3D printing,” designer Gavin Munro is challenging notions of traditional furniture design. Instead of chopping down mature trees to saw and nail into chairs and tables, his company <i>Full Grown</i> actually grows furniture from the ground up. Trees are strategically planted, …

Interior Design

Engineers create programmable silk-based materials with embedded, pre-designed functions

Tufts University engineers have created a new format of solids made from silk protein that can be preprogrammed with biological, chemical, or optical …

Chemistry

This revolutionary new paper battery is powered by bacteria

Binghamton University researchers just developed a new type of battery that could revolutionize microelectronics – and it’s made from a single sheet …

Batteries

Watch A Starfish Spit A Microchip Out Of Its Leg

Starfish aren't having any of this tagging nonsense<p>Starfish apparently really like their privacy. Two biology students in Denmark learned this the hard way. They'd been given a relatively simple assignment; label starfish with tiny tags that would let researchers identify individual animals for …

Nutrition

Stunning Chronophotographs Capture the Patterns of Birds in Flight

The dark, smudgy streaks on Xavi Bou’s photographs suggest the jerky ink tracks created by a malfunctioning printer, but they actually record the …

Finnish phone app finds reindeer, helps to avoid road kill

There's good news for Rudolph and his friends—an app is helping officials reduce the number of reindeer killed in traffic accidents in Finland.<p>Some …

Reindeer

New map reveals shattering effect of roads on nature

Rampant road building has split the Earth’s land into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife, study shows<p>Rampant road building has shattered the Earth’s land into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife, a new study has …

Maps

A Digital Exploration Of Nature's Beautiful, Melancholy Sounds

The Great Animal Orchestra is the second best thing to marching into a National Forest with a blindfold on.<p>When we think of the slow death of the natural world, we usually think of it in purely visual terms: polar bears starving to death in Arctic springtime and rainforests on fire. But if you want …

Nature

BBC One - Planet Earth II, Cities, Web exclusive: The biggest long-eared owl roost in the world

Long-eared owls flock to Kikinda town square, in Serbia, to overwinter. Taking advantage of the town's extra heat.

Television (UK)

BBC One - Planet Earth II, Cities, Leopards hunting in the city

As people walk home in the darkness, a leopard stalks through the undergrowth to grab a piglet in the dead of night.

Television (UK)

Ecological boulevard in a new urban quarter, Madrid, Spain

Project update 2010 - Ecological boulevard in a new urban quarter, Madrid, Spain: The temperature under the pavilion is up to 10-15°C cooler than the …

Spain

Rootkit

[Image: Work by Diana Scherer, used to promote an event coming up on December 14th, in Wageningen, Holland, where the artist will be speaking].<p>The …

Design

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017 Is 15-0343 ‘Greenery’

Pantone has announced Pantone 15-0343 Greenery as its Color of the Year 2107 with a beautiful video that uses the color in a variety of ways. Along …