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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?
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
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
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.
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
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.).
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:
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.
Incredible! How do they keep doing this work without advertising and or subscription fee?!
One of my favorite conferences returns to San Rafael, CA in two weeks. Janine Benyus and Paul Hawken are keynoting on Saturday 22nd in a session titled The Ultimate Symbiosis: Biomimicry as a Cooperative Inquiry