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The book of the mimicry of the living


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Solid foundation – This trees roots have grown into an I-beam

Biomimicry is the process of learning from nature, but what about nature evolving something we already knew?

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‘The base of large trees inspired the buttresses of large buildings and cathedrals’, is a familiar, though as far as I can tell anecdotal, idea. It’s easy to see the parallels though. A large sweeping structure, supporting a tall, vertical object. When researchers began to look a little deeper though, other similarities between trees and buildings were discovered.

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High Fri-delity – Top 5 biomimetic robots

Biomimicry has been at the heart of robotics before the term ‘biomimicry’ was even coined. An ‘Android’ is a mechanical device made to resemble, and function like, a human. The term has been a sci-fi staple for decades, though its first appearance was in 1727.

Of course now the concept is so widely accepted that Michael bay has just started his second Transformers trilogy, and farmers in China are leaving the fields  because it’s more profitable to make giant robot sculptures out of old tractors.

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The field of biomimetic animal robots is in many ways even more developed than that of  humans, and progressing all the time. While I’m continually thrilled by all this design and technology, as a generation raised on The Borg and Terminator films, I can never fully relax when researching this topic. Remember, we’re only ever one AI paradox away from the Matrix.

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Clam-punching shrimp focus of new biomimicry research

The mantis shrimp,  Odontodactylus scyllarus, is a large predatory shrimp that smashes its prey to pieces. Camouflage isn’t really a strong point though.

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This colorful crustacean uses its ‘dactyl club’ to break open clam shells. Probably because they don’t spot it coming. Seeing as the US army have become interested in recent biomimetic research on the material of clam shells for use as body armor, that’s a hell of a punch. Continue reading


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AMAZING NEW SKYSCRAPER HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SQUID! Bio-mythology, the sequel.

This story about the ‘Squid-inspired’ skyscraper has been in the news recently (well, the biomimetic news). “It’s a skyscraper, but its’s a squid too!”, “It won the architizer A+ competition”, “Biomimicry #YOLO” but please, can we just… not?1723e502a27b316085f41f0f38042c3c598292f63e69ebb4b7c937ee0b7421e3 Continue reading

Just found out that The Green Building Press are also promoting my story on Exploration Architecture and their 5 Biomimetic Buildings.

Click below for their piece and right here for the original.

The Green Building Press also publish The Green Building Magazine as well as curate GreenPro a sustainable building products database

Just found out that The Green Building Press are also promoting my story on Exploration Architecture and their 5 Biomimetic Buildings.

Click below for their piece and right here for the original.

The Green Building Press also publish The Green Building Magazine as well as curate GreenPro a sustainable building products database.

I’m constantly looking out for new stories. Think you have one? Or maybe you want me to write for you? Use my contact form here.

The story I published last month for Friends of the Earth has been picked up by what looks like a fascinating new website called Factor, which focuses on innovation and technology stories that will make a big impact on our planet.

Click below to see their version of the story, and here to see the original.

They also have a load of other great stories on there, from electric cars that refuel as you drive to getting your own Star-Wars style speeder bike by 2017!

I’m always interested in writing more. Get in touch!

The story I published last month for Friends of the Earth has been picked up by what looks like a fascinating new website called Factor, which focuses on innovation and technology stories that will make a big impact on our planet.

Click below to see their version of the story, and here to see the original.

They also have a load of other great stories on there, from electric cars that refuel as you drive to getting your own Star-Wars style speeder bike by 2017!


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Protective Shell: US army to use biomimetic ‘Oyster-Armour’

The humble oyster has been a talking point in biomimicry for years and earlier this year inspired research on creating stronger glass. Now nacre, the shell-material that protects the soft body of the oyster, is getting even more attention as a transparent material that in the future could even survive multiple gun-shots.

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The humble oyster has been a talking point in biomimicry for years and earlier this year inspired research on creating stronger glass. Now nacre, the shell-material that protects the soft body of the oyster, is getting even more attention as a transparent material that in the future could even survive multiple gun-shots.

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