Scientists Look to Nature for Design Inspiration
by Shawn Radcliffe
In the quest for innovative and functional designs, many scientists are now turning to nature for inspiration. Known as biomimicry, or bio-inspired design, this approach has taken scientists in many new directions, with potential applications for medicine, search-and-rescue, toxic waste cleanup, and consumer product design.
Scientists are approaching their work from many different angles. They are building tiny machines using living cells, creating micro-robots based on insects, building synthetic fibers similar to those found in real creatures, and using artificial intelligence to engineer machines and parts that resemble something you’d find in nature.
This PBS NewsHour report takes you into the laboratories of scientists at the leading edge of this field, one that blurs the boundaries between the animate and the inanimate.
I am a body plus. A body plus trauma, plus illness, plus pollen, plus spores, plus caretakers and friends and loved ones and wild kin.
Theorem showing that quantum mechanics really permits instantaneous connections between far-apart locations
Which determines traits like sexual orientation, intelligence and behavior: genes or environment?
the challenge of choosing deep-focus work and connection over superficial distraction and stimulation
Taking a long view of life on Earth, Robin Wall Kimmerer explores how mosses—ancient beings who transformed the world—teach us strategies for persisting amid a changing climate.
New research with MDMA could lead to deeper therapeutic uses of the drug
An exploration of a groundbreaking assertion of a new paper published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
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