By:  Dallon Adams  January 28, 2017

Biomimicry, as it’s called, is a method for creating solutions to human challenges by emulating designs and ideas found in nature. It’s used everywhere: buildings, vehicles, and even materials — so we thought it’d be fun to round up a few of the most noteworthy examples.

  Bullet trains inspired by Kingfisher birds   

Antimicrobial film mimicking sharkskin 

Absorbing shock     like a woodpecker

   Wind turbines modeled after Humpback whales     

Ventilation systems inspired by termites 

Continue reading about these and more biomimicry examples below.

Source – Yahoo Tech

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Termite-inspired robots build castles. Robot swarms work without supervision or a centralized plan.

By:  Elizabeth Gibney  13 February 2014

Inspired by the creatures, scientists have created robots that use just a few simple rules and environmental cues to build castle-like structures and pyramids.

The robots all work independently. Each travels along a grid and can move, climb a step and lift and put down bricks. And they use sensors to detect other robots and existing bricks, and react to these stimuli according to a simple set of rules, such as when to lay a brick or climb a step higher.

Continue reading and watch the video at Source – Nature.com

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Tiny robot flies like a fly.  Engineers create first device able to mimic full range of insect flight.

By:  Ron Cowen  02 May 2013

A robot as small as a housefly has managed the delicate task of flying and hovering the way the actual insects do.
“This is a major engineering breakthrough, 15 years in the making,” says electrical engineer Ronald Fearing, who works on robotic flies at the University of California, Berkeley. The device uses layers of ultrathin materials that can make its wings flap 120 times a second, which is on a par with a housefly’s flapping rate. This “required tremendous innovation in design and fabrication techniques”, he adds.

Continue reading and watch the video at Source – Nature.com

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Robotic roach creates order from chaos.  Chaos theory eases the path of autonomous robots.

By:  Zeeya Merali  17 January 2010

Chaotic cockroaches may sound like the stuff of nightmares, but they could be key to making robots more adaptable. The application of chaos theory to the mobility of robotic insects may also help biologists to understand animal motion and could have medical applications.
Autonomous robots designed to venture into hostile environments where humans cannot safely or easily tread must be able to adapt their motion to their surroundings — the rocky terrain of another planet, or a war zone, for instance.

Continue reading at Source – Nature.com

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Robot spiders reveal bee-haviour.  Fake arachnids help researchers understand insect learning.

By: Daniel Cressey   4 September 2008

Robot spiders are providing a remarkable insight into bee learning, revealing the fine balance between gathering food and becoming it.
Thomas Ings and Lars Chittka of Queen Mary, University of London, UK, have found that nectar-foraging bumblebees (Bombus terrestris dalmatinus) can quickly adapt their foraging pattern to avoid camouflaged predators such as crab spiders, which can change colour to blend in with their surroundings.

Continue reading at Source – Nature.com

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