Bionic City

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

Glow-in-the-dark mushrooms have a newly discovered chemical to thank for their shine

Scientists discovered how to create new colors, too<p>You’re not tripping — these mushrooms really do glow. And now, we have a better idea how, thanks to a study published today in the journal <i>Science Advances</i>.<p>More than 100 years ago, a naturalist named George Gardner visited Brazil and saw children …

Biology

A new way to fake photosynthesis could help put CO2 back where it belongs

Why it matters to you<p>Scientists have figured out how to use a synthetic material to trigger artificial photosynthesis, generating energy and …

Photosynthesis

How cities and light pollution are ruining the wonder of the night sky

Skyglow, an incredible book of time-lapse photos, illustrates the beauty of the night sky, and what’s at risk<p>Photographers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic do a lot of work after dark. In their new book, <i>Skyglow</i><i>,</i> the duo, who met studying film in Los Angeles, show off a breathtaking array of …

Astronomy

Feral Spirits

bioGraphic<p>These beautiful invasives most likely escaped from pet owners, but now they’re firmly established across the English …

Controlling antimicrobial contamination of soil and water with bacteria

We all like to keep things clean, and disinfectants help that happen. Unfortunately, one of the most widely used antimicrobial products in use since …

Scientists are puzzling out how butterflies assemble their brightly colored scales

Shine bright like a butterfly<p>From the danger-sign orange of Monarch butterflies, to the regal blues of the Blue Morpho, butterflies come in a veritable rainbow of colors.<p>The insects display those incredible hues thanks to scales on their wings. Those scales are made up of crystals, which are made …

Biology

The most beautiful bacteria you’ll ever see |

Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colorful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses …

Biology

5 Million Fungi

3D printing spiders | Publishing blog

<i>Spiders build webs, shelters and egg sacs from fine tough silk fibers. To apply these fibers, they must be properly attached to substrates or other</i> …

New scoping paper released on ‘Urban Biocycles’

A new scoping paper from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation offers the first analysis on the circular economy and the ‘biocycle’, the flows of organic …

Sustainability

Lisa Ertel sandblasts Dune furniture to highlight underlying patterns of wood growth

German designer Lisa Ertel used a sandblasting technique on wood furniture to emphasise the patterns created by trees' annual rings of growth.<p>The …

Furniture

A Wall for the 21st Century: ‘Trump’s wall should be a porous, shape-shifting invitation’

1-9 subscriptions<p>The only architecture magazine with a social conscience, your subscription is designed to deepen your knowledge and challenge you …

Great Wall of China

Plastic-munching caterpillars may show us how to dissolve waste

Caterpillars could hold the key to our growing problem of plastic waste. While doing some routine beehive maintenance, a team of researchers in Spain …

Recycling

This Miami studio creates mesmerizing artworks of the city’s original architects: corals

<i>This article appears in</i> The Architect’s Newspaper’s <i>April 2017 issue, which takes a deep dive into Florida to coincide with the upcoming AIA</i> …

Oceans

As Corals Die, the Sea Floor is Eroding — Leaving Coastal Communities Exposed

The sea floor around five U.S. coral reef ecosystems is eroding far more rapidly than scientists thought, putting at risk coastal communities that …

Oceans

First-responder ants suggest helping may be widespread in nature

A species of African ant has been observed carrying their injured comrades back to the nest so that they may recover, another example of behavior …

Biodiversity

Sand artist's giant artworks made to be weathered away by tide & rain

When walking along a seashore, most of us would probably not see a big, blank, sandy canvas, waiting to be inscribed with some kind of beautiful …

Land Art

Road Salt Contaminating Fresh Water Lakes Around North America

A study published in Proceedings of the Natural Academy of the Sciences found that in the 371 lakes observed, 44% showed evidence of long-term …

Glowing bacteria offer hope for safe detection of 100m landmines

Team at Israel’s Hebrew University test system that uses lasers and modified bacteria to locate buried devices<p>A team of researchers at an Israeli university has successfully tested a technology using fluorescent bacteria and lasers that could become a safer system for detecting buried landmines.<p>An …

Biology

Drones weave moth-inspired pavilion from carbon fiber threads

The buildings of the future could be built with the help of drones. The unmanned aerial vehicles were put to the test in the University of …

Materials Science

Make like a leaf: How copying photosynthesis can change society

WHEN Peidong Yang first took living organisms and connected them to electrified silicon wires, no one thought any good could come of it. “When I …

Chemistry

Urban cliffs for better city biodiversity

Cities / Urban cliffs for better city biodiversity<p>06 April 2017 / 0 comment(s) / Tessa Brunette<p>+ If architects approached tall buildings as ‘urban …

Cities

Bird brains and traffic accidents: Small-brained birds get killed by cars

Bird brains and traffic accidentsSmall-brained birds get killed by cars<p>A new evolutionary pressure may be at work in the avian world<p>print-edition …

Plant Artist Grows Roots into Awesome Patterns - Creators

Europeans have been fond of trimming plants into sculptures since the Roman era—<i>Pliny's Natural History</i> tells us as much. Today, Amsterdam artist Diana Scherer is taking the art of topiary to subterranean levels. Scherer shapes plant root structures into ornate designs using specialized molds, then …

Art

Symposium: Wild Minds

This symposium is focused on the ambiguities and co-operations that define our relations with other species. Bringing together filmmakers, theorists, …

Isle of Wight

Biodegradable seagrass packaging promises to reduce plastic waste

Royal College of Art student Felix Pöttinger has created a sustainable alternative to plastic food packaging using washed-up seagrass.<p>The German …

Plastic

Researchers Develop Fabric That Flexes Like Muscles

These “wearable artificial muscles” could have important implications for developing new exoskeletons.<p>Once the province of science fiction, exoskeletons today are helping the elderly walk and construction workers lift more while exerting less.<p>But they’re often clunky and robotic. Even when they’re …

Textiles

Mice to men: everywhere you go, we'll follow

Humans and the common house mouse, Mus musculus domesticus, have been coexisting for 15,000 years.<p>March 29, 2017 —In 2016, nearly half of all calls …

Anthropology

Engineers design “tree-on-a-chip”

Trees and other plants, from towering redwoods to diminutive daisies, are nature’s hydraulic pumps. They are constantly pulling water up from their …

Robotics