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By Melissa Sterry | Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment
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Towpaths in London, Birmingham, and Manchester recently got a new paint job with the addition of duck lanes. The Canal & River Trust—a charity group …England
New York 2015: referencing geology and the passage of time, Italian design group Nucleo's resin furniture for the Ammann Gallery was shown at New …Furniture
Previously associated with your grandmother's living room or that one scene from Garden State, wallpaper has been making a decorating resurgence these …Art
Octopuses are well known for changing the colour, patterning, and texture of their skin to blend into their surroundings and send signals to each other, an ability that makes them both the envy of, and inspiration for, army engineers trying to develop cloaking devices. As if that wasn’t already …Octopuses
For years, optical engineers have been struggling to create precisely organized biophotonic crystals that could be used to improve solar cells, …Life Sciences
It's the world's most popular building material, and ever since the Romans built the pantheon from it some 2,000 years ago, we've been trying to find ways to make concrete more durable.
No matter how carefully it is mixed or reinforced, all concrete eventually cracks, and under some conditions, …Concrete
You have entered bat airspace, turn back now
There are wildlife refuges in all 50 states and territories protecting animals both on the land and in the water. But what about up in the sky?
Plenty of birds, bats, and other flying creatures die every year either by slamming into buildings or getting …Zoology
Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi has created a beautiful set of leaf bowl sculptures using skeletons of actual maple leaves. The artist added Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves to create these ethereal works of art. Sekimachi studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in …Art
What if we made London a National Park City?
I am a Londoner, geographer and explorer. A year ago I asked myself a simple question - What if we made …England
BioMorphic Wall by Chico MacMurtrie / ARW. Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation, 2015. All images courtesy of Pioneer Works
A wall of breathing robotic architecture by Chico MacMurtrie and his team at Amorphic Robotic Works (ARW) hangs from the exposed wood of Pioneer Works’ gallery ceiling. …New York
Artists eager to capture earth’s beauty know that Mother Nature often hides her wonders from easy view. But a clever new exhibit at the Radcliffe …Harvard
Artur Bordalo, also known as Bordalo II, is well known for his incredible street art. Not only is his artwork impressive but also it incorporates …
The Bear Creek watershed in Oak Ridge, TN, was a crucial site for the early development of nuclear weapons under the Manhattan Project and harbors …Environment
Centuries have passed since Venice assumed its form as a tangled archipelago city linked by boats and bridges. Update the clothes, draw in a few …Urban Design
When ants go exploring in search of food they end up choosing collective routes that fit statistical distributions of probability. This has been …Mathematics
the installation can be seen as a constantly evolving organism that interacts with the architecture of the building while sustaining itself …Museums
Italian artist Eron recently completed a stunning pair of murals depicting a seagull and heron taking flight under a viaduct in Riccione, Italy. Each …Animals
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, say that by combining nanoscale materials with bacteria, they have opened the door to a new …Energy
Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.
We know that buildings can make us sick. Take, for example, cases of lead poisoning, mold exposure, or the aptly namedSick Building Syndrome. But can they also make us healthier? Scientists are trying …Architecture
Web slingers get a high-tech upgrade
Your move, limpets. Earlier this year, the long-reigning champion of the Strongest Biological Material Competition, spider silk, was usurped by the upstart limpet teeth. But we all knew that the arachnids would not go quietly into the night.
In an unorthodox move, …Spider Silk
A biologist and a designer are developing a bacteria and yeast "micro-factory" that could one day enable consumers to grow their own products at home …Cellulose
The mayor of Paris has fired another salvo in the war against motorists and choking pollution with a plan to turn the right bank of the River Seine into a pedestrian zone.
A busy highway flanking the river bank of the French capital would be replaced by waterside gardens, children’s play areas and …Paris
What do a frying pan, an LED light, and the most cutting edge camouflage in the world have in common? Well, that largely depends on who you ask. Most people would struggle to find the link, but for University of Michigan chemical engineers Sharon Glotzer and Michael Engel, there is a substantial …Theoretical Physics
The Louisiana fire department spent over 90 minutes coaxing the frightened babies out of a storm drain
A Louisiana fire department has managed to …Firefighting