Bionic City

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

pCouture: BioFunctional Design

A close up image of the purple living bacterial paint<p>A close up image of the black living bacterial paint<p>A close up image of the red living bacterial …

When Drones Got You Down, Call In the Eagles

The latest tool in ISIS's armory could soon be foiled by an original aerial ace.<p>In the past five years, drones have gone from being an expensive plaything for hobbyists to a much more ubiquitous tool. Inevitable, they've also found their way into the wrong hands. There are growing fears of …

Drones

First Synthetic Spider Silk Developed That’s Suitable for Industrial Use

Feb 8, 2017MaterialsElizabeth MontalbanoResearchers successfully have developed artificial spider silk that for the first time resembles the real …

Textiles

Wind turbines inspired by insect wings are 35% more efficient

Wind turbines produce 4% of the planet’s energy, but they only work well when the wind is blowing just right. Now, by drawing inspiration from the …

Renewable Energy

Scientists Enlist Drones to Eavesdrop on Songbirds

At first glance, Andrew Wilson’s latest research seems risky. “I’ve been counting birds for a living for a long time,” he says. So why explore …

Drones

5 Million Fungi

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isabel brouwers’ LUMNES lamps mimic photogenic algae

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Industrial Design

[Exclusive] MIT's New Magic Material Acts Like the Pores on Your Skin - Creators

Imagine owning only one shirt. When it's cold out, it contracts to get thicker and keep the warmth in. In the summer it unfurls, letting the breeze in through adaptive holes. That's just one possible application of a new metamaterial called an "active auxetic" in development at the Massachussetts …

Futurism

Paris Has An Ingenious Solution To Public Urination: Turn Pee Into Compost

Designed to look like flower planters, Paris's new Uritrottoir urinals store pee on beds of straw or sawdust, which is eventually turned into fertilizer for local parks.<p>Outside the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, two red boxes topped with flowers look like overdesigned planters, or, from the …

Urban Planning

Darwin and Design

Welcome!<p>This is one of over 2,200 courses on OCW. Find materials for this course in the pages linked along the left.<p><b>MIT OpenCourseWare</b> is a free & …

MIT

Have swallows evolved to cope with cars?

BIRDS have a habit of surprising people. Pigeons use three senses unavailable to humans, forming a far richer picture of the world than humanity can …

Robot flies like a bat

Technology<p>With articulated wings covered in a stretchy silicone, a 93-gram autonomous robot can mimic several of the complex aerial manoeuvres of …

Scientists Teach Humans To Use Clicks To Navigate Like Bats

How it works tells us interesting things about the human brain.<p>You might be surprised to learn that sightless people can avoid large obstacles and make their way through unfamiliar buildings by clicking their tongues and listening to the reflections in order to build up a mental image of their …

The Brain

PopUp Forest is Branching Out in Times Square

NEW YORK - If you're looking to get a break from the hustle and bustle of the city next spring, look no futher than Times Square.<p>A Brookyln-based …

Times Square

Thousands of Birds Photographed Atop Snow-Laden Trees in Downtown Portland, Oregon

One evening last week, C.S.I. Walker Berg of the Portland Oregon Police Bureau looked out a window on the 12th floor of the Justice Center to …

Nature

ART x RESEARCH x SCIENCE: Heather Barnett

Interdisciplinary by Nature<p>The MA Art and Science is an interdisciplinary studio programme recruiting students from diverse backgrounds across the …

Creativity

SYMBIOSIS (2015) - Isabel Prade, Eva Krismann, Anna Neumerkel, Sebastian Scholz, Florian Semlitsch

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> …

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. …

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 …