Tagged: structural color

TEDxUniversityofAkron Salon and more …

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

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My research crowdfunding experience

Hi GermiNature readers,

maxresdefaultI 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

Bill’s research update #2

A greenbottle blue tarantula (C. cyaneopubescens) on a branch. Despite of its name, saturated, bright green color rarely occurs in tarantulas. Credit: Michael Kern/www.thegardensofeden.org

Hi, Germinature readers! It’s been over a year since my last research update. Looks like it’s about time to do another one to let you know what happened in 2015 and also to give you a sneak peak of what’s in the pipeline for 2016. Continue reading

Structural invisibility

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:

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A popular science YouTube channel worth subscribing to

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.

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Bill’s Research Update

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