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Biomimicry of clams for more efficient anchors

By Damir Beciri
5 September 2009

roboclam-2Another great example of bio-mimetic robots is a solution many mariners, oil outfits, and the military have big hopes for. RoboClam, designed at the MIT, is meant to become the first “smart” anchor, a major departure from the prosaic piece of nautical gear that hasn’t changed much in centuries. Its present diminutive size is just… »

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Hull Bio-mimetic Underwater Grooming (Hull BUG)

By Damir Beciri
3 September 2009

hull-bugAs researchers around the world work to uncover new materials to combat marine biofouling, the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is supporting the development of novel approaches that are proving to be effective at biofouling prevention. In fact, the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Carderock (NSWCCD) estimates that biofouling reduces vessel speed by up… »

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Robo-fish from MIT

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments25 August 2009

robofishA team of MIT researchers has built a school of swimming robo-fish that slip through the water just as gracefully as the real ones, but not quite as fast. Real fish are exquisitely adapted to moving through their watery environment, and can swim as fast as 10 times their body length per second. So far,… »

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Green architecture – Citigroup Data Center in Frankfurt

By Damir Beciri
7 August 2009

citigroup-data-center-in-frankfurt-1Citi’s new Data Centre in Frankfurt has been awarded LEED Platinum, it’s the first data centre in the world to achieve a platinum rating and the first building in Germany to achieve LEED accreditation. The data centre plant topology, unit sizes and operating parameters have been selected to exceed reliability criteria and to enhance the… »


Biomimicry of butterfly wings for more powerful solar cells

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments6 August 2009

biomimicry-of-butterfly-wings2The discovery that butterfly wings have scales that act as tiny solar collectors has led scientists in China and Japan to design a more efficient solar cell that could be used for powering homes, businesses, and other applications in the future. The researchers turned to the microscopic solar scales on butterfly wings in their search… »

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Biomimicry of leaves ventricular system produces energy

By Damir Beciri
One Comment5 August 2009

fernpower1In this article we’re going to write about biomimicry of leaves. The development of artificial glass leaves that produce energy is done by UC Berkeley researcher Michel Maharbiz (a guy we mentioned earlier in our article about insects spies), Ruba Borno from the University of Michigan and Joseph Steinmeyer from MIT. They developed an alternative energy… »

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Green architecture – Eden Project in UK

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments18 July 2009

eden_projectIn this article we’re going to write about green architecture which serves nature’s variety. Eden Project is a greenhouse located in Cornwall, United Kingdom, which attracts loads of people. Inside the greenhouse there are several artificial biomes where they grow plants collected from all around the world. The Eden Project is constructed in an unused… »

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Robotic spies – bat biomimicry

By Damir Beciri
One Comment11 July 2009

com-bat-closeWe already wrote about potential surveillance micro-aerial vehicles in our previous articles. Small flyers, or micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs), have garnered a great deal of interest due to their potential applications where maneuverability in tight spaces or in stealth requiring conditions. In this article we’re going to write about two researches related to the biomimicry of… »