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Top 5 articles regarding nature biomimicry in 2011

By Rob Aid
5 January 2012

top-5-2011-biomimicry-robaidAmong other news and articles we post in the bionics category, one of the most interesting subjects we cover there is biomimicry – imitating nature in man-made systems. Although it can be outperformed, nature still does provide inspiration for more efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. Bionics is becoming more increasingly used in design, materials science… »

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Biocompatible graphene transistor array reads cellular signals

By Damir Beciri
One Comment2 December 2011

tum-bioelectronics-graphene-based-transistor-arrayResearch that could lead to compensation for some sort of neural damage, or monitor how our bodies function, may seem like something you see in science fiction. However, bioelectronic applications could get a step closer because a team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich and the Juelich Research Center developed a graphene-based transistor… »

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Monkeys with Brain Machine Brain Interface move and feel virtual objects

By Damir Beciri
7 October 2011

monkey-uses-bmbiTwo monkeys trained at the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering learned to employ brain activity in order to move an avatar hand and identify the texture of virtual objects. Unlike a research where a monkey used its brain to move a robotic arm, this is a first demonstration of the two-way interaction between a primate… »

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Climbing plants inspire self-healing membranes

By Damir Beciri
One Comment25 September 2011

empa-polyurethane-foam-membraneSwiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) researchers have been inspired by climbing plants to develop a polymer foam surface coating with a closed cell construction capable to reduce the pressure loss after the membrane is damaged. Aside making future inflatable structures more resistant, the technology could provide them with a longer operational… »

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Researchers getting closer to creation of 3D printed blood vessels

By Damir Beciri
19 September 2011

fraunhofer-biorapResearchers at Fraunhofer are combining two different techniques – 3D printing technology established in rapid prototyping and multiphoton polymerization developed in polymer science – in order to create artificial blood vessels. Aside creating artificial blood vessels that could be used to could supply artificial tissue, the technology could be a starting point for creation of… »

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Nature inspires lighter and tougher plastic components

By Damir Beciri
One Comment1 September 2011

fraunhofer-bionic-inspired-polyamide-printingCertain biological materials exhibit exceptional strength due to their complex structure which has been perfected through time. Inspired by the perfected structures found in nature, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute are collaborating on a project named Bionic Manufacturing. It aims to develop plastic products that are lightweight and strong, while being economic in their use… »

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Smart lower-limb prosthetic enables amputees to walk with less effort

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments18 August 2011

lower-limb-prosthetic-goldfarbhuttoResearchers from the Vanderbilt University developed a prosthetic with powered knee and ankle joints that operate in unison, thus allowing its wearers to walk without the leg-dragging gait characteristic of conventional artificial legs. The bionic leg is programmed to use the motion data in order to predict what the person is trying to do and… »

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Skin electronics that stick and stretch like temporary tattoo stickers

By Damir Beciri
One Comment13 August 2011

ees-epidermal-electronic-systemA multi-disciplinary team of researchers, led by researchers from the University of Illinois, came up with epidermal electronic system (EES) – a device platform based on a thin skin-like patch that mounts directly onto the skin with ease and flexibility of a temporary tattoo sticker. The technology could be used in electronic components for sensing,… »