How a Pinecone Adapts

Dr. Veronika Kapsali from MMT Textiles with help from the University of Bath’s Biomimetics Group has developed a fabric inspired by the pinecone’s natural ability to open and close itself when exposed to moisture. Their temperature sensitive product adapts to …

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The Cleaning Power of Lotusan

Sto Construction Material Corporation based in Atlanta with help from scientists at Germany’s Bonn University have developed an exterior paint technology called Lotusan which mimics the lotus leaf’s impeccable ability to stay clean. Nano-scale imperfections on the lotus leaf’s structure …

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Sharkskin Inspiration

There was much talk at the Sydney Olympics about Speedo’s new Fastskin all body swimsuits. Researches at Speedo’s AquaLab studied shark skin to create a new material that practically eliminated the drag experienced under water. They were inspired by the …

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Whale Fin Efficiency

Biomechanics researcher Frank Fish discovered that serrated edges like that of a whale’s fin are much more efficient in reducing drag compared to their smooth counterparts. His research was used to create a much more efficient wind turbine blade for …

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Kingfisher Beak Design

When Eiji Nakatsu was asked to redesign the West Japan Railway Train to reduce the negative impact of drastic changes in pressure, he looked to the beak of the Kingfisher known for its perfect splash-less diving abilities.

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Building Cars like Bone

Opel GM and Mercedes Benz have started to create car parts and entire automotive chassis using stress analyzing technology that distributes steel in areas that are only necessary due to the stresses the member is incurring. The result is a …

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