Bionic City

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

Hummingbird Whisperer Captures Close-Up Photos of Birds Visiting Her Backyard

Tracy Johnson has gathered quite the flock of feathered friends. This bird whisper spends at least half an hour every day hanging out in her backyard in Livermore, California, waiting for the local hummingbird crew to gather. Johnson uses handheld hummingbird feeders to get her feathered friends to …

Hummingbirds

Maarten Baas proposes tree-grown armchair in Milan

<b>Milan 2016:</b> plans for an oversized armchair that would be formed inside a growing tree trunk and a massive logo that changes colour with the seasons …

Design

How Wild Animals Are Hacking Life in the City

Mountain lions and ants are among the many species great and small figuring out clever ways to live among people.<p>Enlarge<p>In downtown Chicago, a coyote spends his entire life in one cemetery, eating chicken that Sunday mourners place on the graves. On Manhattan sidewalks, ants survive on hot dogs and …

Biology

Cities have individual microbial signatures

Cities have their own distinct microbial communities but these communities don't vary much between offices located in the same city, according to a …

Science

Biohacking: Everything you need to know about DIY biology

Biohacking: Everything you need to know about DIY biology. We explore this incredible new social movement for DIY biology life hacks.

DIY

These amazing crystal chandeliers are alive

Sturkenboom starts by selecting antique objects and covering them with a fluid which causes crystals to grow on the metal over time. In this way, …

World Biomimetic Challenges & Awards

The inaugural World Biomimetic Challenges and Awards aim to strengthen an emergent field and to connect outstanding projects from near and far. WBCA …

Awards

Nature Mother of Invention

​On March 30th I visited <i>Nature Mother of Invention</i>, which part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016, takes visitors on a journey …

Nature

The Growing Lab / Mycelia - Fungal Futures

The Growing Lab /<br>Mycelia<p>Maurizio Montalti /<br>OFFICINA CORPUSCOLI<p>The Growing Lab / Mycelia consists of an ongoing, process-based research and …

Design

Lichenology

<i>Exchange/Kate Bajic: Lichenology</i>, a touring exhibition, explores a common, yet often overlooked composite organism - lichen.<br>​<br>Lichen comprise fungi …

Air Pollution

Superorganisms

Join us for BioChanges #5 ‘Superorganisms’ at The Royal College of Art, 1900hrs on April 18th 2016. <br>“How are microscopic pattern formation, …

Greenwich, UK

Exploring the Invisible

On March 2nd 2016, microbiologist and microbial artist Dr. Simon Park enthralled, engaged and enlightened an audience gathered at Second Home to …

The Mechanics of Genius

On the exhibition's opening day, February 10th, I had the great pleasure of purusing the truly magnificent <i>Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius</i> …

Science

#EdSciFest

On the evening of March 29th I joined University of Glasgow's Prof. Richard Mitchell, and director of architectural practice Biomorphis, Pierre …

Architecture

Sarah Daher

(Air Culture)<p>(Air Culture)<p>(Air Culture)<p>Words by Lula Criado (Twitter @Lula_Clotmag)<p>Interdisciplinary designer <b>Sarah Daher explores the relationships</b> …

Residents save hundreds of "utterly charming" toads from becoming roadkill

HOW did the toads cross the road? With help from human heroes who spent hours carrying them to safety.<p>Hundreds of frisky amphibians are emerging from …

Turning water to steam, no boiling required

A new, extremely black material can turn water into steam using only sunlight, without the need to bring the water to a boil. Made of gold …

Science

Why Nature Prefers Hexagons - Issue 35: Boundaries

How do bees do it? The honeycombs in which they store their amber nectar are marvels of precision engineering, an array of prism-shaped cells with a …

Nature

Helion 14: updates

Helion, is a unique and living BioTextile made from just sunlight and air. Its basis is a type of photosynthetic bacterium called cyanobacterium, the …

Behavior

FUNGAL FUTURES / Growing Domestic Bio-Landscapes - Exhibition 01

The Future

Immy Smith

Words by Lula Criado (Twitter @lula_clotmag)<p>Dr. Immy Smith is a polymath – an artist, scientist, and data analyst who explores human and scientific …

Could the buildings of the future be grown, instead of built?

A, frankly pretty generic, lab pic, because our image archive is disappointingly short on biomimetic materials. Image: Getty.<p>As the world grapples …

Sustainable Architecture

Andy Goldsworthy creates ephemeral Land Art with natural materials found in the wilderness

Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist, and the son of a mathematician, which is reflected in the use of dramatic …

Land Art

A Spatial Laboratory | Rachel Wingfield | TEDxUniversityofNicosia

The Emperor’s Love of Slime Mold

The forest dweller may look like schmutz but it has fascinated emperors and sparked revelations about how we define intelligence<p>Slime mold—a living network of tendrils found on rotting wood and other plant debris—is easily one of the strangest things alive. Neither plant, nor fungus, it’s a …

Science

Morpho butterflies show good structural colour. We can mimic their natural structures (l) to make vapour sensors (r) https://t.co/tEVvCZEtgY

"I aim to push the perception of what photography can be through exploring new processes" - Alice #LivingPhotographs https://t.co/vkHaAPzceQ

Research crowns termites the top engineers of the natural world

Researchers have crowned the mound building termite the “top engineer of the natural world”, as a new study demonstrates the supremacy of their …

Research

The Bacterial Heart

This pumping “bacterial heart” is made from a type of photosynthetic cyanobacterium called <i>Oscillatoria animalis</i> which is named after the unique …

Bacteria