Apeel Sciences

Posted by on 18 Dec 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, material-science

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Fascinating interview with founder of Apeel Sciences, home to 50 scientists including 15 PhDs. Though no mention of biomimicry, there was much talk of “learning from nature”…

Nature is the ultimate complex system, of course — but with today’s technology, it’s now provided us with an “incredible toolkit” of different molecules that material scientists can treat like Legos to make some really interesting products. One of those is a protective layer for fruits and vegetables that extends shelf life and freshness. Because all produce is seasonal, it’s perishable — so there’s a limited geographical radius around which it can travel… whether by land, sea, or air.

How does this change what food we sell, buy, eat… taste? How does it affect smallholder farmers both in the United States and in the developing world — where there’s no real infrastructure, yet alone for a cold-storage supply chain? And finally, what are some of the most interesting advances in the interdisciplinary field of materials science right now and up next: Is it finally time for these “hard”ware companies to be more software-like?

All this and more (and unfortunately, some puns too!) on this episode of the a16z Podcast with Apeel founder and CEO James Rogers and a16z partners Malinka Walaliyadde and Sonal Chokshi. Will tech reshape the food-map of the world?



Manufacturers Take a Page From Mother Nature

Posted by on 29 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry


Wall Street Journal highlights nature inspired design…

The European aviation giant wanted a lighter, 3-D-printed version of a partition mounted to a curved cabin wall that supports fold-down seats for flight attendants. The efficient way simple slime molds spread to seek food in forests and other places inspired designers, who eventually created a complex lattice of more than 60,000 tiny metal bars using a structure based on mammal bones. Continued at WSJ… http://www.wsj.com

With Nature as a Guide

Posted by on 11 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Wise words from the folks at www.biomimicry.net and www.biomimicry.org:



Biomimetic Design Method for Innovation and Sustainability

Posted by on 02 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, books


A new book for those who want to delve deeply. From the authors:
Presenting a novel biomimetic design method for transferring design solutions from nature to technology, this book focuses on structure-function patterns in nature and advanced modeling tools derived from TRIZ, the theory of inventive problem-solving.
The book includes an extensive literature review on biomimicry as an engine of both innovation and sustainability, and discusses in detail the biomimetic design process, current biomimetic design methods and tools.
The structural biomimetic design method for innovation and sustainability put forward in this text encompasses (1) the research method and rationale used to develop and validate this new design method; (2) the suggested design algorithm and tools including the Find structure database, structure-function patterns and ideality patterns; and (3) analyses of four case studies describing how to use the proposed method.
This book offers an essential resource for designers who wish to use nature as a source of inspiration and knowledge, innovators and sustainability experts, and scientists and researchers, amongst others.
Available on Amazon.com

From Sustainable to Regenerative Design

Posted by on 14 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, Regenerative Design


With a name like “Greenr” this site is dating itself:) Since adopting that monicker  in 2007 there’s been multiple waves, summed up well in this post

Building on the work of pioneers like John T. Lyle and William McDonough, the architect Bill Reed and his colleagues at the Regenesis Group have created a framework for regenerative design that transcends and includes green, sustainable and restorative approaches as stepping stones on our learning journey towards a regenerative human impact on Earth.

Continued… http://www.theecologist.org

Otter-Inspired Wetsuits

Posted by on 12 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry

MIT Faux Fur

A team at MIT has figured out exactly how otter and beaver fur keeps the animals warm in cold water. Seals, whales and walruses all happily splash about in chilly ocean waters—kept warm by a thick layer of blubber. Sea otters, though just as happy zipping through cold waters, are relatively svelte in comparison. The reason? Their magnificent fur coats. The thick fuzz is roughly 1,000 times more dense than human hair and can trap air bubbles, which insulate the otters in frigid water.
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com

Muddy Knees and Virtual Reality Glasses: Citizen Biomimics Saving Humanity?

Posted by on 11 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events


Please join us on October 22nd…

The Biomimicry Institute cordially invites those obsessed with the future of the planet and humanity to an evening gathering of wine, botanical drinks, and showcase of the Institute’s groundbreaking biomimicry education, design challenges and latest AskNature interface in development.

This evening event will kick off The Biomimicry Institute’s “Global Biomimic” membership program in which ordinary citizens are engaged to find the solutions to humanity’s pressing challenges (e.g. climate change, food systems, transportation, energy, language preservation, etc.).


NASA’s Gecko-Inspired Robots Can Climb Pretty Much Anything

Posted by on 11 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: Uncategorized


Government funded research – in this case by way of NASA – can birth or give rise to the fundamental building blocks of industrial innovation. Wired covers an out of this world application for biomimicry…

Adhesion-wise, space presents a couple problems. First, robots typically struggle with uneven surfaces, let alone the kind of cliffs and crags you see on Mars. Second, space is kind of gravity challenged. “Out in zero gravity, even pushing tape against surfaces is difficult,” say Jaakko Karras, a robotics electrical engineer at JPL. Without gravity to anchor your feet to the ground, it’s easy to run afoul of Newton’s third law…

More gecko feet coverage in Zygote Quarterly #17.


7 Brilliant Nature-inspired Designs

Posted by on 10 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry


More biomimicry coverage care of Greenbiz…

The BIOcultivator is just one of seven nature-inspired food system innovations participating in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator, a program designed to help budding sustainable entrepreneurs bring their biomimicry design solutions from concept to the marketplace. Over the past year, these teams have been working to test and prototype their designs, and this month, at the National Bioneers Conference in California, will be vying for the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize.

In addition to the BIOcultivator, here are the other six Accelerator teams’ biomimetic solutions, poised to offer solutions to some of our toughest food system problems:


First Annual Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Pitch Event and Technology Showcase!

Posted by on 09 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events


This week, Thursday October 20th in San Francisco

This event will feature a panel of VIP judges for a fun, festive, biomimicry-themed pitch session, starring seven teams from the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator.

Don’t miss seeing nature-inspired innovation in action, as the teams showcase their food system design solutions. Enjoy heavy appetizers, a cash bar, and opportunities to meet and mingle with the Accelerator entrepreneurs.


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