If you remember, the Biomimicry Fellows helped to organize the very first TEDxUniversityofAkron Salon event with a Biomimicry theme at the Akron Art Museum back in April this year. Continue reading
Hi GermiNature readers,
I was hoping that by now I would be able to share the videos from our TEDxUniversityofAkron Salon event (April 5th, 2016) with you. However, the videos are not ready yet. So I’m going to tell you a little bit about my research crowdfunding experience that happened about the same time. Continue reading
Structural color has been a quite famous topic on this blog; which is justified as it is a feature that assures communication within many species and can be decisive in reproductive success. When it comes to defense, strategies involving pigmentation and bioluminescence to alert and dazzle potential predators are well documented. But did you know some organisms use structural color to simply disappear? Indeed, invisibility cloaks are not just a Harry Potter fantasy. Check out the following video:
Looks like Mr. Limpet did it again. This time with structural color!
A research article published in Nature Communications last week found the first biological photonic structure constructed purely of minerals in the limpet.
You can read the story and watch the video by following this link
I have stumbled upon several interesting videos on a YouTube channel call SmarterEveryDay every so often in the past, but hadn’t browsed the channel thoroughly until very recently. What got my attention this time is a video that I called “a different kind of swarm”, which documents an interesting and unique behavior of a group of caterpillars. This kind of caterpillar swarm behavior is much different from the swarm examples that we’re typically familiar with, such as a school of fish, a flock of birds or an ant colony. The video below not only documents the bizarre mode of locomotion from the caterpillars, but also provids a potential explanation for the evolution of this strategy and identifies the bio-inspired design principles abstracted from it.
Hi there! Bill here. As promised in my last blog post, I’m giving you an update on my dissertation research this time. Read about what I have been doing in the past two years and what I’m expecting to do for the rest of my PhD study here as a corporate Biomimicry Fellow in the Integrated Bioscience Program at The University of Akron. Continue reading
This week my blog post will be a short one. Several days ago, I read about something on the internet that I found so cool I have to share it! Continue reading