Bionic City

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Goodyear's spherical tyres shape-shift to suit different terrains

Goodyear has updated its spherical tyres for self-driving cars, adding a "bionic skin" of sensors that reads the road and adapts to suit different …

Transportation

Nendo bases super-thin silicone vase on jellyfish

During this year's Milan design week, Nendo will submerge 30 of its new vases in an aquarium so that they gently move around like jellyfish.<p>The …

Furniture

Inflatable pine cones top guesthouses and spa envisioned by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

3Gatti Architecture Studio has unveiled a vision for an eco-resort in a Latvian forest, featuring pavilions topped with inflatable roofs that look …

Design

Bat Bot flies through the air on whisper-thin wings

A flappy little drone<p>Bats are strange creatures. They dart through the sky on wings made of skin, their tiny bodies swooping and swerving as they hunt insects for hours on end. They boast a compact, efficient, lightweight form, which makes them an ideal inspiration for a flapping robot. Bat Bot, …

Drones

Artificial Mangroves Could Bring Back Vanishing Habitats In Florida

A couple researchers created fake mangroves in Sarasota County to bring back marine life that was lost from development. Along Florida’s coasts are …

Florida

Stefan Diez's Soba bamboo furniture naturally changes colour over time

This flat-pack bamboo bench and trestle by German designer Stefan Diez is held together with string and doesn't require any tools or fixings to …

Furniture

Super-Fast Computer Made from DNA ‘Grows as it Computes’

Researchers from The University of Manchester have shown it is possible to build a new super-fast form of computer that “grows as it …

Flower power: Rebecca Louise Law lends her green-fingered talents to Now Gallery

Copper wire, flora and a boundless imagination are the tools of London-based Rebecca Louise Law’s artistic practice. With them, she cultivates extraordinary installations, verdant portraits and even sculptures that explore the dynamic between man and nature. ‘I want to share and preserve the beauty …

Art

Mapping the Topographic Fingerprints of Humanity Across Earth

Since geologic time began, Earth’s surface has been evolving through natural processes of tectonic uplift, volcanism, erosion, and the movement of …

Geography

Flying high: why peregrine falcons are kings of the urban jungle

Last century, the cliff-dwelling bird of prey almost became extinct in Britain. Now it has reinvented itself as a city creature. What is behind this spectacular recovery?<p>By the four chimneys of Battersea power station, between tower cranes and builders’ cabins, is an unobtrusive metal mast. At the …

Nature

New surfaces kill bacteria by mimicking gecko skin

A team from the University of Queensland has created a surface that mimics the spikey physical structure of gecko skin that kills bacteria by …

Living Architecture

Rachel Armstrong in conversation with Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto.<p><b>Claudia Pasquero (CP):</b><p>You have recently won a grant to develop a new type of …

Biology

Bees Are Adapting To Our Littering By Building Nests Out Of Plastic

Bees that usually make their homes out of leaves have capitulated to pollution and begun to incorporate man-made materials.<p>In the 1940s, humans began to get used to seeing plastic crop up everywhere, from homeware to food packaging. Now, in 2017, bees are starting to do the same. During a …

Bees

Urban Morphogenesis Lab Bartlett UCL

Internet of energy relating to Arcosanti: ZOOX team: Morphologies for…<p>See More<p><i>1</i><p>Post-waste city: bio-digital simulation of bio-energy power plant - …

Novel 3-D manufacturing leads to highly complex, bio-like materials

The researchers created several intricate and beautiful structures, including microscaffolds that contain solid truss members like a bridge, spirals, …

Chemistry

Egyptian researchers turn shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic

CAIRO (Reuters) - Researchers at Egypt's Nile University are developing a way to turn dried shrimp shells that would otherwise be thrown away into thin films of biodegradable plastic they hope will be used to make eco-friendly grocery bags and packaging.<p>Six months into their two-year project, the …

Egypt

Hotbeds of diversity at the bottom of the garden

Flies, worms, slugs, woodlice, centipedes, moulds – the compost bin throbs with life<p>Several times each week I take vegetable peelings from the kitchen to the three compost recycling bins at the bottom of the garden. Even in winter, they are hotbeds of biodiversity.<p>Today, as I lift the lid of the …

Gardening

Science copies how squid change colour

The gene which gives squids the ability to change colour and camouflage themselves has attracted the attention of geneticists at Cambridge University working in the new science of synthetic biology.<p>They have used standardised DNA sequences known as Bio-Bricks to recreate the gene so that future …

Science

Nest-boxes no substitute for tree cavities, says study

<b>Conservationists cannot consider nest-boxes to be a substitute for naturally occurring tree cavities, a study has suggested.</b><p>A study found the artificial nesting sites had higher humidity levels and poorer insulation than tree cavities.<p>Researchers also found some species, such as great tits, …

M4 relief road: Common cranes nesting on proposed site

<b>The proposed £1bn M4 relief road around Newport would cut through the first nesting site for common cranes in Wales in over 400 years, it has emerged.</b><p>The RSPB said the revelation, in a Welsh Government ecology report, was emblematic of wider environmental concerns about the scheme.<p>A five-month …

Construction

The Moss That Saved Portland

<i>Orthotrichum lyellii</i> is the hero of this story. You’ve probably met it before: a tuft of green with soft tassels of leaves, stuck to a tree trunk or …

Environment

There’s more maths in slugs and corals than we can think of – Margaret Wertheim

What does it mean to know mathematics? Since maths is something we teach using textbooks that demand years of training to decipher, you might think …

Mathematics

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 …

Biology

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 …

Biology

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 …

Materials Science

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