Archive for bio-inspired

Mantis Shrimp Claws

Odontodactylus Scyllarus Wikimedia Commons

Link to story

Announcing zq

zq.sinet.ca

Cuttlefish

A great video of mimicry:
BBC Nature

Drawing by one of my students

Mother of Invention

A very nice slideshow


Image also via the link

The Year in Biomimicry: How Beetles, Mantis Shrimp & More Inspired Innovation

See story on Greenbiz
Image: Katharina Fritsch via Matthew Marks Gallery

Sharklet technologies


“Since the discovery of bacteria, conventional thinking has led people to kill microorganisms to control them. Yet, overuse and abuse of antibiotics, disinfectants and other kill strategies have contributed to the creation of superbugs such as MRSA and others commonly found in hospitals and the general community. As biocidal approaches have made bacteria stronger, new strategies are needed to manage bacterial growth while contributing to an overall healthy environment to protect people. Such a solution may be found in Sharklet™.

Sharklet is a simple solution for a complex problem. The patented, microscopic pattern manufactured by Sharklet Technologies creates a surface upon which bacteria do not like to grow. The Sharklet pattern is manufactured onto adhesive-backed skins that may be applied to high-touch areas to reduce the transfer of bacteria among people. Sharklet Technologies is also developing Sharklet-patterned medical devices including a Sharklet Urinary Catheter to help reduce hospital-acquired infections.” From website: http://www.sharklet.com/technology/

VIRTUE OF BLUE

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From the website of Demakersvan “Powered by its own solar energy. A chandelier which playfully explores an economy of light through innovative materials. Powered by sapphire-blue solar panel cells, the piece is intrinsically self-sustaining as it absorbs the energy of daylight to fuel its own illumination. The cells have been cut into the shapes of four different breeds of butterfly and these seem to flutter around a central flame-like hand-blown glass bulb, their iridescent wings glinting in the light. The semiotics of this design are highly significant as the butterflies become signifiers of the light’s self-sufficiency; physically, these insects also power their own bodies, using their wings to absorb the rays of the sun, in turn raising and sustaining their own body temperatures to that which is necessary for their survival.” http://www.demakersvan.com/