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For a fast walking robot combine a guinea hen with a cockroach

By Damir Beciri
One Comment28 December 2009

cockroach-and-guinea-henAfter writing about biomimicry of penguins, sharks, butterflies and bats, we’re going to write about cockroach biomimicry. Although the sight of a crawling cockroach dashing for cover may be repulsive, the insect is also a biological and engineering marvel. Cockroaches and guinea hens serve as bioinspiration to the researchers at Oregon State University where they… »

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Hydrogel lenses could alert the diabetics to eat or take insulin

By Damir Beciri
One Comment24 December 2009

hydrogel-lenses-could-help-diabeticsDiabetics are encountering the unenviable task of checking their blood sugar levels constantly, usually through a repeated ritual of pin-pricks and blood drawing. But a new non-invasive technology developed by a biochemical engineer at the University of Western Ontario lets diabetics check on their glucose levels with contact lenses that change colors as their blood… »

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ANDREA – an air purifier which uses indoor plants to filter air

By Damir Beciri
5 Comments29 November 2009

andrea-plant-air-purifierIt is said that the air we breathe in the places where we live and work can often be 5 to 10 times more noxious than walking on the street, along with the dangerous chemicals found in commonly used household products. Designed by Mathieu Lehanneur and David Edwards of Harvard University, ANDREA is an air… »

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Qualcomm Mirasol display for color e-readers inspired by butterflies

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments23 November 2009

qualcomm-mirasol-displayQualcomm MEMS Technologies new Mirasol display is the first full color, video-capable display on a prototype e-reader, built on the concept of the iridescence of butterfly’s wings. The inspiration for Mirasol’s engineering came from nature’s most vividly colored creatures: the cerulean wing of a butterfly, the ruby throat of a hummingbird, and the rainbow flash… »

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Glowing bacterias present a cheap solution for landmines detection

By Damir Beciri
One Comment20 November 2009

minefieldIt is estimated that there are between 15,000 and 20,000 annual casualties caused by landmines and unexploded explosive devices, according to the charity Handicap International. Some 87 countries contain minefields including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Somalia, Mozambique, Cambodia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Scientists have developed a simple, cheap, and yet accurate test to find undetected landmines. Students… »

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147000 CPUs are “as smart as a cat” – IBM Research simulates cat’s brain

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments19 November 2009

ibm-research-cognitive-computingAt SC 09, the supercomputing conference, IBM announced significant progress toward creating a computer system that simulates and emulates the brain’s abilities for sensation, perception, action, interaction and cognition, while rivaling the brain’s low power and energy consumption and compact size. The cognitive computing team, led by IBM Research, in collaboration with colleagues from Lawrence… »

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Smart Hand – robotic hand gives amputees a sense of touch

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments11 November 2009

smart-handDeveloped by EU researchers, the Smart Hand is a complex prosthesis with four motors and forty sensors designed to provide realistic motion and sense to the user. Te sensors enabled it to become the first device of its kind to send signals back to the wearer, allowing them to feel what they touch. Phantom limb… »

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Mantis shrimp eyes could inspire new optical device development

By Damir Beciri
25 October 2009

mantis-shrimpThe mantis shrimps found on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and have the most complex vision systems known to science. They can see in twelve colors (humans see in only three) and can distinguish between different forms of polarized light. The research of the sea shrimp’s remarkable eye, that could inspire a new generation… »