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Green architecture – Qatar cacti biomimicry

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments23 June 2009

cactusbuilding-qatar1With this article we’re starting a new series on our website and it is about architecture. Due to the changes regarding our environment and temperature it is important to emphasize the new ideas and techniques that bring more balance between our creations and nature. Creating architecture which mimics nature or shows technological advances covers two… »

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Where art and technology meet – “Strandbeest”

By Damir Beciri
One Comment17 June 2009

theo_jansen_animarisWe decided to start writing articles regarding the combination of art and technology since it’s more frequent and exceptional. We hope you’ll find these combinations as much as we do. The series will start with a story about a Dutch artist Theo Jansen who has been working for almost 2 decades in order to create… »

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Robotic ferret will reduce human trafficking?

By Damir Beciri
15 June 2009

robotic-ferretThe 3-year project ‘Cargo Screening Ferret’ began in October 2008 and it involves researchers from the University of Glasgow, Loughborough University, City University London and defense and security specialists Qinetiq. The ferret will offer major advantages in combat against human trafficking. Currently, it is very difficult to detect people hidden in freight containers. Sensors on… »

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Wasp hounds “sniff” explosives and illegal drugs

By Damir Beciri
15 June 2009

parasitic-waspDrug smugglers and terrorists may soon meet their match: a handheld chemical detector powered by trained wasps or bees. Nicknamed “The Wasp Hound” the prototype tool houses five parasitic wasps that react to the smell of explosives, illegal drugs, and plant diseases. In theory, the insects’ movements set off an alarm to alert authorities. Although… »

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Biomimicry could help development of self-cleaning materials

By Rob Aid
One Comment10 June 2009

dropletHumans have always wondered how water beads roll off flowers, as well off caterpillars and some other insects, and how insects like water striders are able to walk on water. It’s a property called super hydrophobia. Self-cleaning counter tops, fabrics, walls, even micro-robots that can walk on water – all those things and more could… »

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Biomimicry of heliotropic plants – more efficient solar panels

By Damir Beciri
6 Comments30 May 2009

sunflowerslg005.jpgMany plants are heliotropic, gradually tilting towards the sun to optimize solar energy capture. Current sun-tracking solar panels involve the use of motors and electronic control systems, but we believe a biomimetic heliotropic solar panel can be created with the use of alternative materials and designs. Practically, the heliotropic solar panel could be useful in… »

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Fish robots search for pollution in the waters

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments29 May 2009

robot-fish.jpgA number of robotic fish are going to be used in an experiment in the port of Gijon in Spain in order to evaluate how effectively and cost-efficiently they can detect water pollution. The carp-shaped robots are part of a three-year research project of Huosheng Hu and his robotics team at the School of Computer… »

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s RoboSwift

By Rob Aid
25 May 2009

roboswift.jpgThe students which made RoboSwift based the project on the findings of their supervisor, David Lentink of Wageningen University. In April 2007, with several co-authors he published a about the aerodynamic properties of the swift. During its lifetime, single swift flies a distance comparable to five roundtrips to the Moon and can remain in the… »