Bionic City

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

'3D printed' animals illustrate the irreplaceable nature of endangered species

'3D printed' animals illustrate the irreplaceable nature of endangered species<p><b>‘3D printed’ animals illustrate the irreplaceable nature of endangered</b> …

Nature

Graphene Patterned After Moth Eyes Could Give Us 'Smart Wallpaper'

Tweaking the structure of graphene so that it matches patterns found in the eyes of moths could one day give us “smart wallpaper,” among a host of …

Nanotech

How do trees go to sleep?

Most living organisms adapt their behavior to the rhythm of day and night. Plants are no exception: flowers open in the morning, some tree leaves …

Science

BioChanges #5

On April 18th 2016 scientists, designers, and artists working across the biodesign disciplines gathered at the Darwin Building at the Royal College …

Science

Scentimental Associations with Nature

<i>Learn more about</i> <i>our biophilic design work and services</i> <i>by emailing us at</i> <i>biophilia@terrapinbg.com</i> <i>and reading our reports,</i> 14 Patterns of Biophilic …

Nature

The V&A's insect-inspired pavilion is shaped by crowds

<i>This article was first published in the June 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.</i><p>They may look like spiders' webs, but the inspiration for architect Achim …

UK News

Bee-jewelled: crystals grown around dead bees

A scientist-turned-artist has taken dead bees and used them as a scaffold for deep blue copper sulphate crystals.<p>Simon Park, a senior lecturer in microbiology at the University of Surrey, told Wired.co.uk that he was inspired by JG Ballard's <i>The Crystal World</i>, in which a physician making his way to …

Crystals

Grow Your Own Designs Like Jonas Edvard

The Danish designer truly creates organic furniture and lighting.<p><b>JONAS EDVARD</b><br>Location: Copenhagen, Denmark<br>Practicing since: 2012<br>Age: 33<br>Education: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, 2013<p>If furniture and lighting design is the work of wood, metal, plastic and glass, then Jonas …

Denmark

Lucy Jones: Why a London without foxes would be a poorer place

After a fox was spotted nonchalantly riding an escalator on the London Underground, Lucy Jones explains why we should love and not loathe the these …

London

Scientists create novel 'liquid wire' material inspired by spiders' capture silk

Why doesn't a spider's web sag in the wind or catapult flies back out like a trampoline? The answer, according to new research by an international …

Oxford

MIT researchers create 3D-printed programmable Cilllia hair

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a method for 3D printing extremely fine hair-like structures, which could …

3D

Acoustic Botany

Genetically Engineered Sound Garden.<br>The debate around Genetic Engineering is currently centered around vital issues such as food, healthcare and the …

Botany

c-lab | Events | LIVING MIRROR

LIVING MIRROR<p>03 03-16 Dec 2013; - 17 Feb 2014<p>LIVING MIRROR is an interactive art installation that attempts to produce real-time images by taking …

Genetics

#testprint02 #openaviary #venicebiennale2016 @BartlettArchUCL @AarhusUni @ecoLogicStudio https://t.co/83hfi5oYpI

#openaviary #testprint03 #biodigitalsaltaccreation #venicebiennale2016 @BartlettArchUCL @ecoLogicStudio @AarhusUni https://t.co/Xu7LavgxnQ

Artist Weaves Together Hundreds of Photos to Form Otherworldly Tribute to Nature

Artist Ysbel LeMay's collage composites draw the viewer into her ethereal kingdom. Created using hundreds of individual photographs merged into one, the Canadian-born artist constructs her images piece by piece until she is happy with the final fusions. The resulting hypnotic composites weave …

Nature

Pioneering “one-pot” recipe to enable biofuels to compete with fossil fuels - Factor

Back in the 90s, when computers could render about 12 pixels of Nathan Drake’s exceptional jawline, game designers needed to draw players into their …

Science

The best houseplants to clean the air in your home, as recommended by NASA

Easy to care for, resilient, and a quick way to inject some nature into your living room - no wonder houseplants have recently made a comeback. But did you know they also clean the air in your home? A NASA study found that a plethora of plants neutralise the chemicals found in furniture, household …

NASA

Menagerie of Microbes

Sinuous treetop walkway by Glenn Howells Architects

This elevated walkway by Glenn Howells Architects meanders through the treetops at the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire, England.<p>The sinuous …

Architecture

Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) breaking thru concrete Floyd Bennett Field Brooklyn #wildnyc Photo by Mike Feder https://t.co/SkqD0vEX7g

A Photographic Exploration of Botswana

To label the images that artist <b>Chloe Sells</b> creates as mere photographs almost seems to do them a disservice. They are bright, disorientating and …

Artists

Menagerie of Microbes

​Arthur's Seat b.I/O.power station (above).<br>​<br>"A project by ecoLogicStudio [Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto]. Part of a design research in Urban …

Design Research

super/collider: Plant Whisperer

Kasia Molga, media artist and hactivist, works on the intersection of art, science and technology. Her practice is concerned with changes in our …

Ecology

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 …

Birdwatching

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