Bionic City

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

CF Møller's hybrid flood defences will create new nature park in Denmark

A flood defence system devised by CF Møller in central Denmark will combine urban planning, climate change adaption and nature conservation.<p>Described …

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Some birds are so stressed by noise pollution it looks like they have PTSD

The bluebird didn't realize what she was getting herself into when she chose her new home, about 75 yards from a natural gas compressor. It was only as the days and weeks wore on that the low whine of machinery started to take a toll. It was harder to hear the sounds of approaching predators, or …

Birds

Nature's smallest rainbows, created by peacock spiders, may inspire new optical technology

Brightly colored Australian peacock spiders (<i>Maratus spp.</i>) captivate even the most arachnophobic viewers with their flamboyant courtship displays …

Nature

Lens of Time: Building a Butterfly Wing

bioGraphic<p>Scientists open a window—literally—into a process that normally remains hidden deep inside a butterfly’s …

Biographies

Super-Black Is the New Black

Feathers on birds of paradise contain light-trapping nanotechnology that makes some of the deepest blacks in the world.<p>Blackbirds, it turns out, aren’t actually all that black. Their feathers absorb <i>most</i> of the visible light that hits them, but still reflect between 3 and 5 percent of it. For really …

Birds

Habitat on the Edges: Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World

One morning not long ago, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, I traveled with a Wildlife Conservation Society biologist on a switchback route …

Ecology

Shell Homage by Rania Elkalla | Prototypes

Pebbles are a decorative hanger set for everyday belongings with a secret tiny storage on the back and sides. It creates a flexible and playful …

Prototypes

Algae, lichens, and mosses take up huge amounts of carbon dioxide and nitrogen from atmosphere

(Phys.org) -- In cities, the presence of algae, lichens, and mosses is not considered desirable and they are often removed from roofs and walls. It …

Biology

Water As Artistic Medium

On the evening of October 27th I had the pleasure of chairing a panel discussion, which part of the V&A museum's 'Every Last Drop' edition of its …

Design

Urban Morphogenesis Lab

On December 14th I had the pleasure of critiquing the first term outputs of the latest Urban Morphogenesis Lab cohort. One of The Bartlett Bpro's …

Urban Design

Metabolic plumbing doing loops. The spice aka oxytetracycline must flow. #meta_bolus #geosmin #antibioticresistance #metabolism @kapelicagallery https://t.co/SYl0p9krtX

This Birdhut In The Canadian Forest Can Sleep Two People And 12 Birds

Studio North have designed the Birdhut, a small hut or perch that sits within the tree canopy in Windermere, Canada.<p>Here’s a look at the rendering …

Rock on: Max Lamb is inspired by the organic nature of the Alps for his latest project

For 'Boulders', Max Lamb’s new exhibition at Salon 94 Design, the British designer looked back. Back to his graduate project, ‘Exercises in Seating’. Back to the early stone circles of his native Cornwall, England. And even further back to the formation of boulders in Italy’s Adamello-Presanella …

DARPA is engineering plants to act as biohazard sensors

Researchers at DARPA, the DoD's arm that focuses on developing new technology for military application, have long been trying to figure out the best way to transmit timely information, focusing on electronic and mechanical sensors to do the job. After all, it's crucial to any military action. But …

DARPA

Storks with unhealthy appetites: mapping how animals interact with cities

New technology allows us to map the movements of animals in stunning detail and show how urban areas are affecting them. Cities present opportunities to some but are a threat to many others. These seven maps – extracted from Where the Animals Go by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti – offer a glimpse …

Nature

GCR - News - Danes make world’s first bio-house from tomato stems and seaweed

Danes make world’s first bio-house from tomato stems and seaweed<p><b>5 December 2017 | By Joe Quirke</b> 2 Comments<p>What has been described as the world’s …

Seaweed

The unexpected spin-offs associated to seaweed culture at the Biodôme

The constraints to successfully grow seaweeds at the Biodôme de Montréal are well known:<p>1) The quality of light<p>2) The bioavailability of …

Oceans

A Forest of Furniture Is Growing in England

A decade-long plan is finally approaching fruition.<p>The rain was streaming down on the summer afternoon in 2012 when Gavin Munro realized with chagrin …

The Creators Of This Algae Plastic Want To Start A Maker Revolution

It’s grown locally, processed locally, 3D-printed locally, and sold locally. And its inventors think it could change how we buy just about everything.<p>A new bioplastic made from algae could replace oil-based plastic completely according to its inventors, potentially turning the manufacturing …

Sustainability

Self-healing glass brings an end to broken screens

A new type of glass has been discovered that can be easily repaired at low temperatures.<p>21 Dec 2017<p>Cracked windscreens and phone screens may soon be …

Jaw-Dropping Interactive Living Architecture

Philip Beesley is a multidisciplinary artist and architect who creates interactive installations of massive proportions, and his latest work titled …

Researchers created a platform that prints with living matter

Bacterial Inks<p>From pizza to urine-based space plastic and even blood vessels, it seems there’s no limit to what can be 3D printed. A new 3D printing …

Dutch designers convert algae into a biopolymer that can be used for 3D printing

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have developed a bioplastic made from algae, which they believe could completely replace …

How Michigan State researchers are creating sustainable plastic from sunlight: BTN LiveBIG

Sustainability is a hot topic right now, particularly in biology and chemistry. But the urgency of it is sometimes obscured by the term’s use as a …

Self-healing materials inspired by plants

A cross-disciplinary research project, mimicking plants to create self-healing composite materials.<p>The picture on the right shows a cross section of …

Journal of Biourbanism

Open access, peer-reviewed, and featuring contributions from leading-edge researchers and practitioners worldwide, the Journal of Biourbanism is the …

Living Light is an off-grid lamp powered by photosynthesis

Dutch designer Ermi van Oers has created a lamp that uses a living plant to generate its own electricity – and plans to scale up the technology to …

Geovation Challenge

The Geovation Challenge seeks to find and support ideas that benefit human and environmental health and wellbeing. Successful entrants will receive …