Tag: Biomimicry

Panda Shaped Solar Plant for China
Manufactured Landscapes

A Panda Shaped Solar Plant

Given, the real solar plant is less cartoonish than the artist’s rendering above, but the final result is equally astonishing. We already know that China has a thing for pandas, but their latest solar plant is something you have never seen it before. In the last years, China has become one of the mayor investors in renewables and with that great changes to the landscape are inevitable. Apparently turning boring geometrical fields into cute animals is one of them.

Peculiar image of the week. Via Vox and Snopes

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a robot developed to control crops
Wild Systems

Robotic Tarzan Controls Crops

With an growing world population, we will have to change the ways we produce food in order to feed everyone. The employment of robotics for food production and agriculture is one approach the problem. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology developed a robot that mimics a two handed animal, the sloth. What inspired them was not the laziness sloths are usually known for, but the way they swing from branch to branch. The task of this robot is to help farmers to control their crops more efficiently.

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Fake Nature

Bionic Leaf Helps Vegetables to Grow

Leafs are great. Not just visually beautiful when turning our forests from green to yellow but with great internal power. From turning sun in usable energy to serving the human as a tissue repair for damaged hearts. This time though, it is not the leaf we are used to see in our common habitat but a bionic one, showing us once again how old and new nature can merge.

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pop-smartflower energy supply
Fake Nature

Smartflower Solar Device

Finally a fake flower with a purpose! POP the Smartflower is an all-in-one solar energy system that harvests sunlight but also stores it. It looks like a giant sunflower with solar panels petals, it interestingly behaves like one as well. Not that it turns yellow once in bloom, but it follows the sun around all day long.

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Guided Growth

Grow Your Own Bio Bot

Today on the menu, the recipe for your very own biological soft bot! Always wanted a army of self walking skeletons? Have a look at the how to step by step guide by Rashid Bashir’s research group. What sounds like a DIY kit for some free time fun is supposed to help scientists around the world to find answers to questions on the future of health and environment. Manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printing, in combination with developed biological (living) materials, have the ability to improve the construction of complicated 3D structures, taking the next step in the search of enhanced life.

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Borealis project by Dan Acher
Fake Nature

Artificial Northern Lights

Swiss artist Dan Acher’s new project “Borealis” offers a possibility to experience the extraordinary beauty of the Northern Lights anywhere in the world. High-powered lasers project blue and green beams on the night sky to mimic the natural phenomenon. Due to variations in cloud density and changing weather conditions, the outcome is always different and unpredictable.

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Manufactured Animals

A Taste of RoboBee Honey

Bees are dying at an alarming rate, with radical consequences for humans too since these insects are essential to our food production. Without bees pollinating flowers, we could not have strawberries, peppers and apples on the supermarket shelves. While most scientists are focusing on keeping bees alive, Wyss Institute researchers at Harvard are developing a replacement for bees: RoboBees.

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Water Bear Withstands X Ray Radiation
Hypernature

This Indestructible Micro-Animal Will Help Us

He can withstand enormous heat (up to 100°C) and cold (around minus 240°C), high pressure (7.5GPa), immersion in organic solvent, frozen vacuum of space and radiation. And he’s not just an imaginary superhero. Meet Ramazzottius Varieornatus from phylum Tardigrades, commonly known as water bear. This tiny yet powerful invertebrate may help humans to conquer the space.

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