Sunday, December 7, 2014

interesting resources for Biomimicry

If you are stuck for ideas - look at the idea grid i sent out to you a few weeks ago.  Use the lists to scan for ideas.  mix and match - it will create some new ideas for you.

Materials to consider - polymers with abilities you want - not just what plastic does.

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Shape Shifting:

The secret of Photo 51 -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Elk, Flying Fish, Jericho Rose, and Chakra

Elk: Fracture resistant antlers

Elk antlers have a low density and malleable structure which prevents breakage in battle. They are quickly grown and thus do not have enough time to become dense and thick. The antlers also contain liquid, which softens impact. The osteons, or base units of bone, are irregularly shaped and thus difficult to pull apart. When a crack does form, it forms along the growth direction of the antler, preventing destruction of the antler.

Flying Fish: How do they do it?

Flying fish can glide up to four feet above water in order to escape predators. Their torpedo-like bodies and strong tails allow them to get up to 37 mph. After breaking the surface of the water, flying fish alternately skim, or “taxi”, on the surface of the water or can glide above it for up to a third of a mile. Their fins are incredibly large compared to their bodies, allowing this amazing trip to happen.

Jericho Rose: Seed dispensing

This plant actively spreads seeds long after death through a process of hygrochastic movement. The branches that contain seeds are held inside an enclosure of other dead branches, protecting against predators until the time arrives to spread seeds. When it rains, the cells of the outer branches enlarge and “uncurl” from the mass of seeds, allowing rain to sweep away the seeds to their next destination. Because of this system, the Jericho Rose has an incredibly long activity span in dry climates and is extremely resilient.

Chakra System: Recycling of energy

There are seven main chakras, all located along the human spine. Each have a corresponding purpose, from material needs at the bottom ascending to spiritual awareness at the top (similar to Maslow’s hierarchy). Chakra travels from the bottom to the top in a wheel-like flow pattern through the Shushumna, Pingala, and Ida, which are all “energy shafts” allowing life to flow through our bodies. The purpose of studying chakra is to unify all the forces and needs of the human body and reach a high level of self-awareness.