Cheetah-inspired soft robot ‘gallops’ with super-speed

A new soft robot that gets its inspiration from the biomechanics of cheetahs moves more quickly on solid surfaces than earlier versions. And it can swim faster, too.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry robots speed

Cheetah-inspired soft robot ‘gallops’ with super-speed

A new soft robot that gets its inspiration from the biomechanics of cheetahs moves more quickly on solid surfaces than earlier versions. And it can swim faster, too.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry robots speed

Stuff that sticks like gecko feet may be coming to your house

Engineers have known how to use sticky stuff inspired by gecko feet for years. Now, new research paves the way for mass production.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology adhesives biomimicry feet physics

Material grabs minerals for stiffness under pressure

A self-adapting material that gains stiffness under pressure could "allow safer implants and bridges with minimal complication, cost, and downtime."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry materials-science

Synthetic microparticle is the world’s most complex

Researchers created synthetic microparticles more complex than the most intricate in nature. They could improve sensors, electronics, and more.

U. Michigan • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry materials-science nanotechnology

How butterfly wings get blacker than black

Researchers have finally solved the mystery of ultra-black butterflies, which have wings that rival the blackest coatings humans can make.

Duke University • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry butterflies coatings colors insects light

How butterfly wings get blacker than black

Researchers have finally solved the mystery of ultra-black butterflies, which have wings that rival the blackest coatings humans can make.

Duke University • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry butterflies coatings colors insects light

To build amazing computers, mimic the brain?

New research on a solid-state material is a step toward developing circuitry that functions like the human brain, neuromorphic computing.

Shana Hutchins-Texas A&M • futurity
March 4, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry computers materials-science neurons

Water purifier sucks salt out of water like a mangrove tree

A new device that takes salt out of water gets its inspiration from the subtropical mangrove tree.

William Weir-Yale • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment biomimicry roots salt-water trees water

Porcupines inspire tiny needles that could replace shots

Tiny 4D-printed microneedles that mimic parasites and porcupines could one day mean the end of painful hypodermic needles.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 4, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology 3d-printing biomimicry microneedles pain time

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