Getting run over by a car isn't a near-death experience for the diabolical ironclad beetle. How it survives could lead to materials with the same toughness.
Oct. 21, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: insects materials-science biomimicry science-and-technology
Artificial brains are far in the future, but computer chips that work like brains could keep computers advancing when today's silicon transistor chips reach their limit.
Oct. 5, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: neurons quick-reads research-brief computers biomimicry transistors future-of-computers computer-chip moores-law
A new technology lets researchers use metal to create nature-inspired surfaces with unique powers, including rose petals' water-repelling ability.
Aug. 31, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: materials-science metals biomimicry science-and-technology
Batteries that can conform to the shape of a robot's body double as protection and far more efficient energy storage could pave the way for new bots.
Aug. 24, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: robots batteries biomimicry featured science-and-technology body-fat
The availability of iron in increasingly acidic oceans could change how creatures like mussels make their adhesives, research finds.
Aug. 4, 2020 • ~4 min
Tags: oceans biomimicry science-and-technology earth-and-environment iron adhesives mussels
Researchers gave a new robot a "brain", human-like "skin," and vision sensors. The result? A much smarter robot.
July 29, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: artificial-intelligence robots brains touch sensors biomimicry science-and-technology
A beetle that can handle the heat near volcanoes in the summertime inspired researchers to create a cooling material that doesn't use power.
June 24, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: climate-change insects beetles volcanoes temperature material-science biomimicry featured science-and-technology earth-and-environment
Inspired by the slow and steady sloth, SlothBot hangs on a wire between trees to monitor the environment below and enhance conservation efforts.
June 18, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: conservation biodiversity robots sensors endangered-species biomimicry featured earth-and-environment sloth
Scientists think quantum coherence may play a role in photosynthesis. A new study shows it can offer a roadmap to better solar cells.
June 15, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: plants materials-science photosynthesis biomimicry quantum-physics science-and-technology
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